ALAMEDA – Raiders quarterback Terrelle Pryor said his knee hindered his ability Sunday against the New York Giants. He did so in a postgame press conference, without being asked.
Pryor didn’t mention the issue to his head coach.
“No, that was never expressed to me,” Raiders coach Dennis Allen said. “But, listen, I watched the game. You could tell that he wasn’t totally 100 percent. So, we just got to go and talk about it. We got to make sure that if he’s healthy enough to go, then he’s up and can go and be effective for us.”
Pryor said after Sunday’s 24-20 loss to the New York Giants that rest might help a sprained ligament recover from an injury initially felt in the closing moments of a Nov. 3 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles.
While injury made life difficult, Pryor’s troubles didn’t start on Sunday. He’s in the midst of a statistical slide, with one touchdown and eight interceptions in his last four games. He had a 135.6 passer rating Oct. 6 against San Diego, and a 42.0 ever since. On Wednesday, it will be a month since he’s thrown a touchdown pass.
Allen was quick to emphasize that Pryor is but one part of a grounded air attack. He said it’s part protection, receiver execution and quarterback play.
Allen’s right, and Sunday proved his point. Receivers dropped three passes and Pryor was under pressure on 14 of 30 dropbacks. While Pryor struggled, so did everyone else.
The Raiders passing problems are nearly system-wide. That’s a lot of fire to put out.
“I think it would be a lot easier if you could say there's one specific thing we can pinpoint and say that's the problem we are having in the passing game,” Allen said. “There are a lot of issues involved in that. We’ve had lot of issues with injuries, and changes to the lineup, and just feeling confident in what we're doing in the passing game. It's an area we have to continue to improve on, and we have 7 games to do it."
Health of the starting quarterback will factor into passing prowess, and it’s in question now. Pryor wasn’t present during Monday’s open locker room period, but he said Sunday that some rest might help his knee.
“I'll sit down and visit with Terrelle more and find out exactly where he is physically,” Allen said. “It wasn't something we thought would be a big factor going into the game, but obviously it was a factor.”