In the first two games it was obvious to me that Matt Leinart was playing better than Carson Palmer. Then, in game 3, Matt had to sit out which gave Terrelle Pryor an opportunity to showcase his stuff for an entire half. He finished with at QB rating of only 143. He ran for 60. Then scrambled for 17 and a TD. Then threw two long TD passes to Criner. One was for 76 yards. In fact, TP is the only QB to throw a TD, or have any TD's period.
There is now more grumblings in Raider Nation about who should actually start. Palmer didn't really have all that good of a season last year. He completed 60% of his passes for a QB rating of 80. But he had 17 sacks, 16 interceptions, to go along with only 13 TD's.
Here are the preseason stats:
Palmer- 45 Rating- 59%- 4 Ints- 0 TD's- 12 yds Rushing
Leinart- 86 Rating- 67%- 0 Ints- 0 TD's- 0 yds Rushing
T Pryor- 96 Rating- 57%- 1 Ints 3 TD's- 112 yds Rushing
Leinart has at least played some with 1st team players. Pryor has played mosty with 2nd and 3rd team players. Meanwhile, Palmer hasn't done that much playing only with 1st team players.
I think it would be a shame to sit a QB who seems to have more potential that Leinart and Palmer put together. These two guys are never going to get any better than they already are. But the future is now. I say play Terrelle. There might be some growing pains the first couple of games. But a QB who can run and scramble drives defenses crazy. And we will find out sooner rather than later if he is the real deal. If not, he can sit on the bench and watch Palmer have another average year. Going 8 and 8 again doesn't say much. But turning loose a player who possibly could take us to the next level is just to good to pass up.
In the last preseason game we will see a lot of Leinart and Pryor and very little Carson Palmer because he is the projected starter. Should they start Pryor in this game since Matt is still injured. What do you think?