pehawk wrote:IIRC, didn't Goodell suspend Pryor for shit he did in college? That's out of bounds, IMO, but that's what Roger does.
And he also couldn't practice during that suspension. For a QB, like you said wasn't much of a thrower to begin with, that's costly. More than costly, its huge. That's 6 weeks of quality (okay, its the Raiders so a reach) PRO coaching for a talented kid who's never received any quality QB coaching.
I agree it was out of bounds, said so at the time. I'm actually surprised that it stood, because it sets one hell of a precedent for every troubled athlete. I'm not as harsh on the NFLPA as you are, but this instance was pretty bad. Though Pryor was a little ***** for how handled it as well.
I don't think the practice time was anything that hurt Pryor tremendously. IIRC, he still works out in the team's facility and can run drills, just not scheduled practice.
So, really, Pryor misses out on 6 weeks of being the scout team QB (because, again, he wouldn't get the majority of the reps with the offense anyways). IMO, that's less than Wilson missed out on while splitting snaps with Flynn during TC. Not good, to be sure, but I think Pryor's QB ability did more to screw him over than the NFL, and I'm not a Goodell fan by any means.
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