ALAMEDA — Terrelle Pryor was first up when the Raiders broke the huddle and went to the line for their first drill Monday, but coach Dennis Allen declined to name a starting quarterback for the regular-season opener against the Indianapolis Colts.
“I'm sure all of you have your questions on who the starting quarterback is going to be and what we're going to do there,” Allen said after practice. “I'm really not going to get into that for competitive reasons.
“We've got a plan. Unless we start out in the Wildcat we'll have a quarterback out there the first snap of the game. We'll just leave it at that.” Pryor politely declined to comment in the locker room, and Matt Flynn was not available for comment.
The San Francisco Chronicle's Vic Tafur reported Monday night that Pryor will get the start over Flynn in Indianapolis. The Raiders offered no comment.
Flynn, who sat out last week to rest a sore throwing arm, was suited up and was passing during drills.
“I think the (rest) helped him,” Allen said. “I don't anticipate it will be an issue.”
Allen said he told the quarterbacks who would start, and when asked if he would attempt to keep it a secret up to kickoff in Indianapolis on Sunday, replied, “Before I tell you? Yeah.”
Whether Pryor starts or not, his ability to use his feet to create plays when the blocking breaks down will get him some playing time in certain situations with a set package of plays.
“We really don't have a choice about who plays,” wide receiver Jacoby Ford said. “We'll be comfortable with whoever is at the helm.”
There have been three recent examples of Raiders coaches who attempted to fool the opponent regarding the identity of the quarterback, and all three games were losses.
In 2007, rookie coach Lane Kiffin wouldn't name a starter between Josh McCown and Daunte Culpepper. McCown started, and the Raiders lost the opener 36-21 to the Detroit Lions.