Pryor: “I think their front seven is pretty good. Obviously numbers 90 [Jason Pierre-Paul] and 91 [Justin Tuck] are pretty dynamic players, so we have to protect and hold those guys, and I believe we will. A lot of it has to do with us handling our business on our end and I think everything else will work out.”
Q: What did you see watching the film of your game last week against the Eagles?
Pryor: “That’s more of an internal thing. But we have to get better as a whole. No pointing fingers at anyone. We take losses as a team and as an entire core group together – offensively, defensively and on special teams-wise, so I think we don’t have to worry about what’s being said. We know what the problem is and we just have to fix it. At the end of the day, you just have to handle your own inside work within yourself. You’ve got to do your job and we’ll be fine. There’s a lot of football left.”
Q: In the Eagles game, you had to run around a lot, you got a lot of pressure. Does that affect your play in the second half as you wear down, or is that something that you can sustain?
Pryor: “I don’t ever wear down. It’s just whatever happens. If that’s what it takes to win … I run about a mile every day on the treadmill, so that adds up as the week goes on. So I could go pretty good so far – I’m young, so hopefully I’m blessed enough to play a while and we’ll be talking about that in the future. But right now, I can do that.”
Q: Have you found that as the season's gone on and teams have seen more of your play that teams are approaching you differently that you can identify?
Pryor: “Somewhat. But like I said, at the end of the day, it’s about what we do. If we lose a game, I feel like it has to do with what we did internally. So I think we lost the game internally because we didn’t handle our business. Things that we can’t make up in the game, especially being down like that. So we have to be pretty sharp and keep on striving to be the best professionals that we can. Our ceiling is high, we know that, and we just have to keep on striving and be the best we can be. I believe in the guys, and like I said we’ve got a lot of football left and we look forward to nothing but success.”
Q: Coach Allen said the other day that you need to do a better job of trusting your line and trusting your protection. Is that something that you’re working on?
Pryor: “I think that’s something I did a better job of last week. I know he [Coach Dennis Allen] said I did a better job. That was a big issue last week when I talked to you guys about trusting the offensive line, not that I don’t trust them, but it’s different having different guys in that you don’t know what will be protected. So I thought I did a great job sitting in there this week, so I’m proud of the way I played in the pocket this week. I’m very proud and feel like I took a step forward this week.”
Q: I know you’ve said in the past that you have plenty of trust in Rashad [Jennings] and Jeremy [Stewart], but how much more difficult does it get when Darren [McFadden] is not out there?
Pryor: “It’s tough. You guys have been writing about Darren for a long time and you guys know how explosive he is, when he hits a hole and only sees green and beats the remaining defender, so it’s tough, but this past game we saw Rashad make a lot of guys miss and run over a lot of guys. We’re definitely going to miss Darren because he may miss the game, I don’t know. I have a lot of trust in Jennings and believe he can get the job done.”
Q: You could wind up with [Menelik] Watson at right tackle this week if [Matt] McCants can’t go and he only played that one game against Seattle, then he missed all this time, and now he played over 50 plays last game and played pretty well. What do you think it is about him that makes him able to just step in and just go?
Pryor: “I think just from talking to him he just loves to protect the quarterback – he hones in on that. He accepts that responsibility and I think he holds the other four guys as well. Just like ‘Wiz’ [
Q: With what’s going in Miami right now, with the hazing and the bullying and stuff, who is ultimately responsible for keeping that stuff in check, the players or the coaches in the locker room?
Pryor: “It’s funny that you said that because we were just on the field and coach [offensive coordinator Greg] Olson was talking to me,
Q: Have there been any instances where you’ve had to come forward and say, ‘Hey, that’s enough, this isn’t acceptable?’
Pryor: “There are some situations where sometimes you have to do that, it’s minor things, but you want to cut things off. There are so many situations that pop up – your teammate has one drink or something like that and you want to say, ‘Hey, maybe you should take a cab, come take a cab with me,’ something small like that you just get so much respect from your teammate that you stopped and helped him. It’s just little things like that, it matters and that definitely comes in on a leadership role.”
Q: Is it frustrating at all not being able to get
Pryor: “I don’t really call the plays. He had a great catch this past week. I know coach wants to get him the ball, it’s just tough to find the matchups because a lot of guys are starting to play him like a receiver, so it’s a corner on him. A corner on Marcel, not to say that he can’t do it, but it’s very tough. Their skills are jumping passes and things like that, it’s tough. Marcel is a great match-up versus a linebacker or a safety and we’re not really getting a lot of those looks. We have eight games, halfway in, you never know, we could go in and make some plays, every week we have plays in for him. We’re just looking for some looks, you really want to get him the ball though, he’s a great player.”
Q: You talked earlier in the conference about how you guys know what the problem is with the offense and how you to fix it, is it something that’s easily fixable?
Pryor: “Yeah, absolutely. Our one issue that, we had an issue, I had an issue, however you want to put it, we had an issue getting in and out of the huddle and getting up there before the delay of game before the [play] clock gets down and not rushing and seeing the defense. I believe that we took strides in that from that standpoint, I don’t think we ever heard about for three weeks now. We cleaned that up so it just makes me think that, ‘Hey, if we can clean up something like that and be together on that issue, we’re going to find a way.’ Our one issue was finishing in the game, we start very fast and we gained a lot of yards this past game. I was very happy to see that. We just have to take the positive from that and keep continuing with that and keep being a very dynamic offense, trying to become what we want to be. Like I said, we have a lot of games left. We have a lot of leaders that need to step up. It’s time to go; it’s time to get rolling. The last game was the past, we’re looking to the future and we’re looking to have some success.”
Q: You’re 45 yards away from running for more yards than any Raiders quarterback has ever rushed for in a season. Is that a record that you want to have?
Pryor: “It doesn’t matter. I know one of the greatest quarterbacks, not one of the greatest, but he’s a very good quarterback, Randall Cunningham, he ran the ball very well and he threw the ball very well. It all depends on what you have to do, what do you have to do to be a very dynamic piece that puts fear in a defense. That’s what you want – you want a defense to fear you. You don’t have to fear someone that’s just sitting in the pocket. Yeah you’ll have fear when Peyton [Manning] is coming up, yeah you’re going to play hard. ‘Alright, we have to hide some stuff.’ Now, when you’re facing a two-headed monster you don’t want to hold that back. It’s a gift that God gave me and if it happens to be that, it happens to be that. However it is to get yards down the field as fast as possible, I don’t mind it, anything to win.”
Q: How is the morale at practice? Was everyone confident after a loss like that, is it hard to get going or were you guys excited to get going?
Pryor: “See, right there, it’s just a leadership thing. Some guys may come in and be kind of sluggish and not really feeling it. It’s just a leadership role for a quarterback and guys that really want to be there, that you have to come forward and show them energy and that’s something you have to do. Some guys are banged up – I’m a little tiny banged up. I practiced the whole day today. I was running hard, felt very good. It’s just setting examples, positive examples and getting guys to gather around and believe. We definitely believe and we let this past game slip, but let’s go get the next one, that’s the most important one right now. This next one is the most important, that’s how you have to look at it; I forgot about this past game already.”