2014 Team Preview: Oakland Raiders
2014 Team Preview: Oakland Raiders

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STATE OF THE FRANCHISE

As the 2013 campaign approached, the Raiders' starting quarterback job appeared gift-wrapped for offseason addition Matt Flynn, but he struggled so mightily in exhibition play that coach Dennis Allen ending up turning to Terrelle Pryor before the regular season even got underway.

While the move forced offensive coordinator Greg Olson to change his offense on the fly, it looked like Pryor's athleticism might have actually given the team a fighting chance, as he went into Indianapolis and rushed for 112 yards on 13 carries and put the team in position to steal a victory in Week 1. The upset bid fell short, but Pryor led the team to three wins in his next five starts, capped by another 100-yard rushing performance in Week 8. Around this time, however, his limitations as a passer became painfully obvious, and Allen ultimately pulled the plug on Pryor after an 11 of 26, 122-yard showing in Week 10, the quarterback's fourth straight game with a completion percentage under 54 percent. In came undrafted rookie Matt McGloin, who, after leading the team to a win in his first start, completed 56.7 percent of his passes and threw eight interceptions in his next five games, all Oakland losses. With the team in evaluation mode, Allen then turned back to Pryor (since dealt to Seattle) for the final game of the season.

All the while, running back Darren McFadden limped through yet another injury-plagued campaign and the shift from the team's

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Clay Link
Clay Link is the MLB Editor at RotoWire. Clay won the overall championship in The Great Fantasy Baseball Invitational and finished top 10 in the NFBC Online Championship in 2018. He can be heard on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio during baseball season, on MLB Network Radio every Saturday and twice a week on the RotoWire Fantasy Baseball Podcast.
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