Dennis Allen angrily responds to incendiary comments by Terrelle Pryor’s agent


Terrelle Pryor yesterday was named the starting quarterback for the Raiders’ season finale against the Broncos. Rational, normal-thinking humans saw this as one last chance for the Raiders to evaluate Pryor before heading into the offseason, where they have to decide on his future with the team, and perhaps also Pryor’s last chance at proving to the NFL, if not the Raiders, that he can be a quarterback in this league.

Evidently, that does not include Pryor’s own agent Jerome Stanley, who told CSN Bay Area that he believes Dennis Allen and the Raiders have ulterior motives by suddenly elevating his client back to the top of the depth chart:

“I think they’re putting him in hopes that he fails,” Stanley told CSN reporter Fallon Smith and myself. “That’s what I think coach is doing. I think they’re putting him in hopes that he has a bad game, so he can then justify the Matt McGloin situation. I think that’s what’s going on, I do and it’s ridiculous…

“You have to understand the coach is putting him in, he doesn’t want him to look good. And you can write that. He doesn’t want him to look good because, if he looks good this week, it makes the past five weeks look like a bad decision. (Allen) doesn’t want him to look good, he wants him to look bad. That is what is going on.”

Happy holidays to you, too, Jerome Stanley.

After the report surfaced Monday, Pryor, like somebody apologizing for their ignorant drunk uncle at a holiday party, distanced himself from Stanley’s incendiary remarks and attempted to diffuse the situation on Twitter.

Pryor reiterated that sentiment after practice today by saying he and Allen are “on the same page.”

Allen also responded to Stanley’s accusations during his chat with the media, and if referencing trashy reality TV shows is any indication as to how heated he is about what Stanley said, then Allen is full-on Level 10 pissed. From BANG:

“That’s the stupidest thing I’ve ever fricking heard,” Allen said. “This isn’t the ‘Real Housewives of Beverly Hills,’ this isn’t made-for-TV drama. This is football and we make our decisions based on that … I can’t control the ignorance that might come out of somebody else’s mouth.”

(Also, Allen might have just outed himself as Real Housewives fan. A casual observer may have just generalized by saying “Real Housewives.” Why get specific by naming the Beverly Hills version if you weren’t at least familiar with the series and its various incarnations? Those pesky Freudian slips!)

In the end, we have to go with the line of thinking that Stanley is the one looking like an ungrateful, paranoid crazy person. Does he not realize Allen’s own job is on the line, and that setting his quarterback up for failure is just as very well setting himself up for failure?

Stanley also potentially winds up hurting his own client’s best interests because he’s the one who has to negotiate and continually communicate with the Raiders, which makes his inflammatory comments all the more stupid.

  • brad

    perception is that Pryor was demoted for saying he was ready but was hurt and allowed his team to not have a choice in starting him hurt! From then on it has been the perception that Dennis Allen had moved on to McGloin after 1 win then as he made many mistakes it has been fan pressure and media that didn’t understand how you get hurt and lose your starting job? Allen then said that McGloin would be the starter for the remainder of the season! That made people wonder why Pryor was not afforded a chance to play behind the O-Line that made McGloin look good! Now to say we will evaluate on one game plus a bunch of run for your life games that Flynn nor McGloin would have survived. It now appears that perception is here once again! Who say’s he was ever given a Game plan to succeed at all this year with the likes of McFadden and a cast of want to be starting WR’s in Moore and Ford! Both should be no higher than #3 on any teams depth chart! Olsen has been as suspect with his lack of 2nd Half adjustments which leaves Allen on the sidelines looking bewildered! Raiders need a solid Coach that has done this before at a high level. to bring in a Rookie was the wrong Idea! If Reggie can’t handle a High Profile Coach as the Raiders GM he needs to go also! Success comes with challenges and those who can overcome them! Go Raiders!