Boy, that Derek Carr kid really fucked us right in the pussy, didn’t he?
I know this isn’t a Raiders blog, but the biggest takeaway I got out of this game is: Derek Carr is the real deal. That kid was FEARLESS out there, grabbing the Legion of Boom by the horns and riding them down into the turf like a wounded animal. Not too many quarterbacks are able to ram it down our throats like that – not even the greats like Manning or Brees. Here’s to hoping Matt Schaub is renting and didn’t already buy, because he’s going to have to pack his bags by season’s end.
Not too much to say about this one. It was the fourth pre-season game. The starters – for the most part – played for one series. Granted, it was the greatest fucking series known to man: 4 plays, 80 yards, and a touchdown in less than 2 minutes to kick off the game. Consider me the most psyched that we actually managed to get Russell Wilson out of the football game after only one series. Seems to me he manages to weasel his way into more pointless pre-season series than I care to witness.
After that, it was all young guys (with the exception of Okung and a few others who needed to play longer to get their conditioning in order, since they missed so much of the pre-season). The Raiders, under Carr’s direction, scored 28 unanswered after our opening touchdown, and they never looked back, even though they immediately took him out of the game at that point and replaced him with Matt McGloin before Carr could drop 50 on us.
Not a whole lot of people stood out on the good side of things. Bryan Walters had a seemingly good game, but he also fumbled a kickoff, so he’s probably gone. Can’t be holding the ball like a loaf of bread out there (whatever that means). None of the running backs stood out. Jordan Hill played an okay game, I suppose. DeShawn Shead had that interception return for a touchdown (off of McGloin) that I didn’t see because I was out picking up a few things from the store.
I thought Phillip Adams looked pretty terrible, especially considering he was out there with the second-team defense and is right there on the bubble of making this team. You can’t get caught flat-footed when you have no help behind you on a go-route. There’s being aggressive and there’s making aggressive mistakes, and you’ve got to walk the finest of lines if you want to make this team.
The backups as a whole didn’t inspire a whole lot of confidence. It wasn’t, really, until the second half before our pass rush got home with any sort of regularity. Derek Carr might be the best quarterback in his draft class, or he might just be another Mike Glennon, but even the Mike Glennonest of quarterbacks will be able to tear through your defense if you’re giving him all day to throw.
The thing I really want to talk about is Terrelle Pryor. I don’t think the Seahawks should keep him, in case you couldn’t tell from the title. He’s not a good quarterback, plain and simple. There’s talent there, sure. Strong arm, running ability, but those guys are a dime a fucking dozen and you all know this! Stop being dazzled by these qualities! He’s not accurate, he doesn’t make quick decisions, he often doesn’t make GOOD decisions, and I don’t care if there are openings within our division – the 49ers probably aren’t happy with their backup QB situation; the Rams obviously lost Bradford for the year – I would GLADLY watch Pryor walk to one of their teams, because I think we’d rip his shit apart if he ended up starting against us.
I said it before and I’ll say it again, Terrelle Pryor isn’t even the third-best quarterback on this roster right now. B.J. Daniels is FAR superior, plus you don’t lose all that much in the arm strength arena or the run ability arena. But, that’s neither here nor there, because I think keeping a third quarterback is idiotic.
Are we really going to lose two quarterbacks in the same game? Is that something that needs to be worried about? How often does that happen? For two quarterbacks to get SO injured that they can’t simply stand there and hand the ball off until the clock reaches zero?
Are you keeping him so you can prevent other teams from picking him up? Well, that’s stupid. For starters, he doesn’t know their playbook, so if he’s picked up elsewhere, it’ll take him weeks before he’s able to figure out what he’s doing. And even then, as long as the starter on that team is healthy, he’s not going to get the reps in practice to work out his shit. He’s a free agent at the end of this season anyway, so it’s not like that team would get to work with him long term unless he signed an extension.
Finally, let’s say for the sake of argument that the Seahawks end up watching both Russell Wilson AND Tarvaris Jackson go down with injury at the same time this season: you think Terrelle Pryor is going to come in there and save our bacon? He’s TERRIBLE! He can hardly move the ball against second and third string defenses! What makes you think he can move the ball against the likes of the 49ers, or literally anyone else? Let’s face it, our season ends the moment Russell Wilson goes down with a long-term injury. I don’t care how good the rest of the pieces are around him, no one else is leading this team back to the Super Bowl.
No, there’s no damn point in it. Terrelle Pryor needs to go. My first preference would be for the Seahawks to keep only two quarterbacks on the 53-man roster and take their chances with B.J. Daniels trying to slip through to the practice squad. There are too many other areas of need on this team when it comes to depth. My second preference would be to keep Daniels as our third QB, because he honestly has more upside. Plus, he’s been with the team longer, so I have to believe he knows the players and the system better.
Cut-downs come by tomorrow. Let’s hope I get what I want; you wouldn’t like me when I’m angry.