ALAMEDA – Terrelle Pryor’s agent threw haymakers at Raiders head coach Dennis Allen on Monday night. Jerome Stanley never pulled a punch in an interview with CSN Bay Area, stating that Allen set his young client up to fail by starting him Sunday against the Denver Broncos.
On Tuesday, Allen took solid aim and fired back.
“That’s the stupidest thing I’ve ever fricking heard,” Allen said. “No coach in their right mind…this isn’t the ‘Real Housewives of Beverly Hills,’ this isn’t made for TV drama. This is football, and we make our football decisions based solely on that, nothing other than that. I don’t really give it a lot of thought.”
Stanley was upset by Allen’s announcement that Pryor would start the season finale after six games as a backup. Stanley thought his client was being mistreated by the head coach, and used colorful language to express his opinion.
Allen was initially stunned by Stanley’s comments because agent and player are typically in lockstep. Allen called Pryor shortly after CSN-BA’s published report and was happy to learn that they weren’t.
The pair patched things up, agreed to move past the awkward situation and focus on Pryor’s first start over rookie Matt McGloin since Nov. 10.
“I can’t control the ignorance that might come out of somebody else’s mouth,” Allen said. “I’ve talked to Terrelle about it. It’s in situations like that that you have to separate the player from the agent. (Terrelle) doesn’t have control, I don’t have control over those things that get said. In my book, it’s really nothing, and it’s one person’s opinion. I’ve moved on from it, and I’m ready to focus on the Broncos.”