I just wanted to give congratulations to Terrelle Pryor for his first NFL start. I'm very happy for him. He has the look of a winner in his eyes. He has perservered through a tough year - dealing with the death of his father this past Summer, and the frustration of not getting any significant playing time until recently.
I know many people are still upset with Terrelle over the whole "Tat-gate" thing, but let's be honest - it's not like it was 100% his fault, and the whole thing was overblown by the media. When compared to some other happenings in the world of NCAA scandals, this was much ado about some minor infractions, if you ask me. Really overblown. (btw - without the whole "Tat-gate", it's highly unlikely Urban Meyer would be here now.)
I watched the entire game and thought Terrelle looked very solid. He threw for 150 yards & 2 TDs, and ran for another TD. Terrelle looked very poised out there today. He was just a shade under 50% passing, but I saw at least 4-5 balls that were dropped. It wasn't the easiest first start for an NFL QB to make, either: away game against a bitter divisional rival opponent, in rainy weather, versus a pretty solid Defense, and against a team playing emotional for their coach's likely last game with the team. Pryor looked like a leader out there, and his teammates noticed that leadership.
I hope he gets a shot next year. It's evident that the Raiders coaches would be smart to roll him out on play action bootlegs - this is where Pryor seems most effective to me. I noticed this at OSU, too. I thought it was not ideal to keep his athletic ability bottled up in a pocket. Let him roll out - he's just such a threat on the outside with that speed.
Frankly, he should have been starting at least a month ago. Carson Palmer and Matt Leinart look too slow and lack any fire out on the field. At least Pryor looks like he really wants to win. Pryor has some things you just can't teach, either: freakish athletic ability & the ability to improvise when a play breaks down. He almost reminds me a little of Big Ben, with this ability to turn a broken play into a big play. He needs to work on his mechanics, still...but all in all - it was a very solid first start, even though his team lost.
For those of you that still want Pryor to fail, you don't have to root for him. But, what good does rooting against him do? Like it or not, he will always be a Buckeye. He will always be tied to The Ohio State University. You can't change that. So, you may as well root for him to succeed. Pryor failing doesn't do anybody any good. You shouldn't celebrate a person's demise. Keep in mind he was still a young adult when he made the mistakes he made. I think that when a former Buckeye does well - it looks positive for the OSU Football legacy, so, again - no sense in rooting against him. The guy truly wants to win. I wish him success...I think we all should wish a former Buckeye success.
Good luck, TP...go Bucks!