Palmer is due a lot of money the next two years and the 33-year-old quarterback is not exactly hitting his prime. Pryor, on the hand, shows new options for the Raiders and a longer future.
With Pryor at the helm, the Raiders could change their scheme to the power running. Stats show that the Raiders do better when the offensive line is built for the run instead of blocking the zone.
Palmer is a pocket QB and the Raiders had to settle for blocking the zone recently. Their success with blocking the zone has not been so good in the last years.
New Offensive Coordinator Greg Olson likes the options Pryor brings to Oakland. The read-option offense is the new football scheme in the NFL that is working for many teams: Seattle Seahawks, San Francisco 49ers, etc.
Pryor could help the Raiders jump on board with the read-option offense scheme. This scheme mostly relies on the heavy running play which Darren McFadden could easily be a part of. Also, the Raiders have always been good when using the heavy running scheme—look at the Marcus Allen and Bo Jackson eras.
Taking Terrelle Pryor as the starting QB would also let the Raiders let go of players that are getting paid too much. For one, Palmer would be let go, if he doesn’t take a pay cut to stick around.
Also, Darrius Heyward-Bey would probably leave being the highest paid wide receiver. Other receivers could fill in for Heyward-Bey, if it gets too pricy to keep HBG around.
Other minor changes would have to be made, but, in the end, Pryor as the starting quarterback would not be a bad move. Either way, most will probably agree that the Raiders are gambling. So, taking the risk could be the way for the Raiders this next season.