Friday, August 29, 2014
FAIRFIELD-SUISUN, CALIFORNIA
99 CENTS

Pryor offense not enough for Raiders

stanhope column sig2

By
From page B1 | December 18, 2012 |

There’s no sexier story in professional sports than a quarterback controversy.

Mark Sanchez starts for the New York Jets and we ask why it isn’t Tim Tebow.

Colin Kaepernick is the starter for the San Francisco 49ers and we ask how he got past Alex Smith and when Alex will get back in.

The Arizona Cardinals struggle and we ask whether Ryan Lindley or John Skelton should start (Not really. It doesn’t matter.).

Quarterback controversies are as old as the NFL and Bay Area teams have been ground zero for some of the greatest quarterback battles: Tittle vs. Brodie, Lamonica vs. Stabler, DeBerg vs. Montana and Montana vs. Young, for starters.

Is Carson Palmer vs. Terrelle Pryor next?

In some ways it is. But it shouldn’t be.

Oakland Raiders backup Pryor got on the field for the first time this year on Sunday, running the team for one series as the crowd cheered. He handed off twice and threw an incompletion, then the Raiders punted and Palmer returned for the rest of the game.

Some fans moaned, wondering what Pryor needs to do to play more.

Here’s what: Play better than Palmer.

The NFL is a meritocracy. Players who deserve to play get on the field. Coaches want to win, so they play the players they think give them the best chance to do so.

They’re wrong sometimes, but not usually.

That’s why Rex Ryan stuck with Sanchez all year, despite the calls for Tebow to play: Sanchez is a better quarterback than Tebow.

That’s why Kaepernick moved past Smith: Jim Harbaugh sees them in practice and knows Kaepernick has a skill set that Smith lacks.

And that’s why Raiders coach Dennis Allen, when pressed about his quarterback situation, says “Carson Palmer is our quarterback of the future.”

Palmer, not Pryor.

The Raiders have a lot of problems. The defense can’t stop good teams. Their offensive line is a sieve. The running backs keep getting hurt. Their receivers are regressing.

Carson Palmer isn’t their problem. He hasn’t been great, but he’s been better than anyone on the team other than the punter and kicker.

Pryor isn’t the solution. He’s intriguing, because we haven’t seen him and he’s the backup.

But he’s not the answer.

On to the topics du jour . . .

• The Big East Conference is reeling from the impending loss of its seven Catholic schools, none of which plays major college football.

Georgetown, St. John’s, DePaul, Marquette, Providence, Seton Hall and Villanova voted unanimously last week to depart the league by 2015.

Anyone who watched the glory days of Big East basketball in the 1980s (Patrick Ewing, Chris Mullin and the miracle Villanova team all at the same time!) has to hope that the basketball schools will retain the Big East name. When I think Big East, I think about Georgetown, St. John’s, Providence and Villanova.

• The Toronto Blue Jays added Cy Young Award winner R.A. Dickey to a team that already acquired all the good Miami Marlins, making them the early favorites in the American League East.

A word of caution: The Anaheim Angels were last year’s winter favorites, adding Albert Pujols and C.J. Wilson, with super rookie Mike Trout on the way. They missed the playoffs.

You win your division in the summer, not December.

• With two weeks left in the NFL season, everyone says the race for MVP is up in the air. I say baloney.

Adrian Peterson, who will run for 2,000 yards and may break Eric Dickerson’s record for yards in the season, is the easy choice. He’s overwhelming opponents while playing for a team that has no other serious offensive threats. The Vikings have the inside track on a playoff berth.

All after major knee surgery a year ago.

Adrian Peterson is the most valuable player in the NFL.

Reach Brad Stanhope at 427-6958 or bstanhope@dailyrepublic.net. Follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/bradstanhope.

Brad Stanhope

Brad Stanhope

Brad Stanhope is the Daily Republic's news editor. He began his career at the DR in the last millennium. He spent 17 years as a sports editor and three years as the associate editor before spending three years away from the newspaper (though continuing as a columnist). He returned in December 2010 as news editor. Brad lives in Suisun City with his wife, Mrs. Brad, and two sons. He enjoys cheese.
LEAVE A COMMENT

Discussion | No comments

The Daily Republic does not necessarily condone the comments here, nor does it review every post. Read our full policy

.

Solano News

Vallejo Symphony launches new season Sept. 21

By Amy Maginnis-Honey | From Page: B1

 
Prolific pears rule Courtland area

By Susan Winlow | From Page: A1 | Gallery

1 critical after 2 shot at Fairfield bus stop

By Jess Sullivan | From Page: A1, 22 Comments | Gallery

 
New role for symphony conductor begins next year

By Amy Maginnis-Honey | From Page: B1

 
Vallejo festival will celebrate Wilderness Act anniversary

By Amy Maginnis-Honey | From Page: B1

Hood-Courtland: Small towns boast interesting facts

By Susan Winlow | From Page: A1

 
Opponents: State water plan will destroy Delta

By Susan Winlow | From Page: A1, 5 Comments | Gallery

 
No plea as Vacaville homicide suspect appears in court

By Jess Sullivan | From Page: A3, 11 Comments | Gallery

 
Vacaville man convicted of fifth DUI

By Jess Sullivan | From Page: A3, 8 Comments

 
Suisun police plan holiday weekend checkpoint

By Amy Maginnis-Honey | From Page: A3, 4 Comments

 
 
Solano continues to deal with earthquake

By Barry Eberling | From Page: A4, 2 Comments

 
 
Bunting earns praise for role in paint case

By Barry Eberling | From Page: A5

Fairfield police log: Aug. 27, 2014

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A8

 
Suisun City police log: Aug. 27, 2014

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A8

Weather for Aug. 29, 2014

By Daily Republic | From Page: B14

 
.

US / World

Mom won’t be charged in school confrontation

By The Associated Press | From Page: A5, 1 Comment

 
California Supreme Court pick confirmed

By The Associated Press | From Page: A5

Assembly approves statewide ban on plastic bags

By The Associated Press | From Page: A5, 2 Comments | Gallery

 
Feds to resume leasing for fracking in California

By The Associated Press | From Page: A5

High school buddies followed similar path to jihad

By The Associated Press | From Page: A6

 
Drugs killed Oklahoma inmate in troubled execution

By The Associated Press | From Page: A7

US rebukes Oklahoma for ditching school standards

By The Associated Press | From Page: A8

 
Suit claims police brutality at Ferguson protests

By The Associated Press | From Page: A8, 2 Comments

Flight diverts to Boston over reclined-seat upset

By The Associated Press | From Page: A8, 1 Comment

 
Testimony wraps up in former Va. governor trial

By The Associated Press | From Page: A8

Q&A: Few laws govern children at shooting range

By The Associated Press | From Page: A8

 
Gun tourism grows in popularity in recent years

By The Associated Press | From Page: A8

Obama sets no timeline for action on immigration

By The Associated Press | From Page: A8, 2 Comments

 
4 killed in New Mexico crash of medical flight

By The Associated Press | From Page: A8

Obama rules out US military action in Ukraine

By The Associated Press | From Page: A9

 
UN Security Council meets on Ukraine crisis

By The Associated Press | From Page: A9

Russian columns enter Ukraine; leader urges calm

By The Associated Press | From Page: A9 | Gallery

 
UN: Ebola disease caseload could reach 20,000

By The Associated Press | From Page: A13

Attempt to call missing jet may alter search area

By The Associated Press | From Page: A13 | Gallery

 
Europe seeks role in postwar Gaza

By The Associated Press | From Page: A13 | Gallery

UN: Armed group detains 43 peacekeepers in Syria

By The Associated Press | From Page: A13

 
A look at the Islamic State militants in Syria

By The Associated Press | From Page: A13

Jihadists kill dozens of captured Syrian soldiers

By The Associated Press | From Page: A13

 
.

Opinion

How about keeping our ISIS plan secret?

By Bud Stevenson | From Page: A11, 26 Comments

 
What should the US do about the Islamic State?

By Ben Boychuk and Joel Mathis | From Page: A11, 4 Comments

 
Question of the week: Is US policy on hostages correct?

By Daily Republic | From Page: A11

More ways to help stop bullies

By Letter to the Editor | From Page: A11

 
.

Living

Community Calendar: Aug. 29, 2014

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A2

 
Today in History: Aug. 29, 2014

By The Associated Press | From Page: A2

How do I deal with my overweight cousin who smells like cat urine?

By Kathy Mitchell and Marcy Sugar | From Page: B13, 1 Comment

 
Horoscopes: Aug. 29, 2014

By Holiday Mathis | From Page: B13

.

Entertainment

Week in preview Aug. 29-Sept. 4

By Amy Maginnis-Honey | From Page: B1

 
Review: ‘As Above’ so-so

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

Review: Ex-007 actor spying again in ‘Nov. Man’

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2 | Gallery

 
Review: The case against binge-watching TV

By The Associated Press | From Page: B3 | Gallery

Entertainment calendar: Aug. 29, 2014

By Susan Hiland | From Page: B4

 
Jolie, Pitt wed privately at chateau in France

By The Associated Press | From Page: B5

TVGrid

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A9

 
.

Sports

Prep football preview: Rio Vista looks to get back to playoffs

By Marcus Lomtong | From Page: B7 | Gallery

 
Angels rally in 10th for 4-3 win over Oakland

By The Associated Press | From Page: B7

Record-setting Petit leads Giants past Rockies 4-1

By The Associated Press | From Page: B7 | Gallery

 
Borland returns pick for TD, 49ers beat Texans

By The Associated Press | From Page: B7 | Gallery

Carr’s 3 TDs lead Raiders past Seahawks 41-31

By The Associated Press | From Page: B7

 
USC coach accepts some blame in Shaw situation

By The Associated Press | From Page: B8

Williams overcomes 3 early double-faults to win at U.S. Open

By The Associated Press | From Page: B8 | Gallery

 
Mickelson in a bind with 4 straight playoff events

By The Associated Press | From Page: B8

Weakened US team aims for world basketball title

By The Associated Press | From Page: B8

 
Rise in flags makes NFL defenders wary of contact

By The Associated Press | From Page: B8

After Rice, NFL increases domestic violence bans

By The Associated Press | From Page: B8

 
Local youngster will play baseball on national stage

By Marcus Lomtong | From Page: B9, 1 Comment | Gallery

Week Zero prep football capsules

By Paul Farmer | From Page: B9

 
Stewart returning to competition after fatal crash

By The Associated Press | From Page: B10 | Gallery

Signups for Friday, Aug. 29, 2014

By Paul Farmer | From Page: B10

 
Sports on TV/Local sports for Friday, Aug. 29, 2014

By Paul Farmer | From Page: B11

This date in sports history for Friday, Aug. 29, 2014

By The Associated Press | From Page: B11

 
Power looks for elusive IndyCar title at Fontana

By The Associated Press | From Page: B14

.

Business

M235i revives classic BMW memories

By Ann M. Job | From Page: C1

 
Ukraine conflict weighs on markets; Retailers fall

By The Associated Press | From Page: B6

Abercrombie name to shrink from clothing

By The Associated Press | From Page: B6, 1 Comment | Gallery

 
Survey: Americans’ pessimism on economy has grown

By The Associated Press | From Page: B6

Apple to unveil next products at Sept. 9 event

By The Associated Press | From Page: B6, 1 Comment | Gallery

 
Average US 30-year mortgage rate at 4.1 percent

By The Associated Press | From Page: B6

Obama touts revised economic growth numbers

By The Associated Press | From Page: B6

 
US economy grew at brisk 4.2 pct. rate in Q2

By The Associated Press | From Page: B6

.

Obituaries

Frank W. Moy Jr.

By Nancy Green | From Page: A4, 1 Comment

 
Gary Allen Person

By Nancy Green | From Page: A4

.

Comics

Peanuts

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B12

 
Zits

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B12

B.C.

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B12

 
Rose is Rose

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B12

Frank and Ernest

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B12

 
Wizard of Id

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B12

Sally Forth

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B12

 
Garfield

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B12

Dilbert

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B12

 
Get Fuzzy

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B12

For Better or Worse

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B12

 
Baldo

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B12

Pickles

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B12

 
Beetle Bailey

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B12

Blondie

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B12

 
Baby Blues

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B12

Sudoku

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B13

 
Cryptoquote

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B13

Crossword

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B13

 
Word Sleuth

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B13