With the first two weeks of the 2013 NFL season in the books, the Oakland Raiders have started to turn a lot of heads around the league while shown signs of life. Although Oakland isn’t getting recognition as a legitimate playoff contender, there seems to be some light at the end of the tunnel for this storied franchise with quarterback Terrelle Pryor under center.
Recently, former Raiders head coach and fan favorite, Jon Gruden, chimed in on the Raiders’ coaching staff and the job they’ve done so far this season via Vic Tafur of The San Francisco Chronicle:
“They’re doing an excellent job. Greg Olson, their offensive coordinator, is creating a lot of chaos,” Gruden said on Mike & Mike.
Gruden also talked about Pryor and veteran running back Darren McFadden. The one-time Super bowl champion believes this offense is dynamic with the two-headed monster of Pryor and McFadden via Tafur:
“Different formations out of the option with Terrelle Pryor coming one way and (Darren) McFadden coming out the other way. That’s hard to defend. And they’ve been very offensive-line friendly with a quick passing game.”
There’s no question this offense can be incredibly dynamic with the duel threat of McFadden and Pryor, but the passing game has left something to be desired. The talent is there with the combination of wide receivers Rod Streater, Denarius Moore and Brice Butler, but Pryor has yet to get all them involved making the passing attack a legitimate threat to opposing defenses.
Despite the fact that the passing game needs work, there’s definitely reason for optimism in Oakland and the endorsement of a brilliant football mind like Gruden only adds to prospect of this team potentially turning things around.