ALAMEDA, Calif. -- Oakland Raiders coach Dennis Allen angrily denied the claims of Terrelle Pryor's agent, who said Allen was setting the quarterback up to fail by starting him in the season finale against the Denver Broncos.
"Well, first is, I'd say that's the stupidest thing I've ever frickin' heard," Allen said Tuesday. "No coach in their right mind -- this isn't 'The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.' This isn't made-for-TV drama. This is football, and we make our football decisions based solely on that. Nothing other than that.
"So I don't really give it a lot of thought. I can't control the ignorance that might come out of somebody else's mouth, but I talked to Terrelle about it. It's in situations like that that you have to separate the player from the agent. [Pryor] doesn't have control. I don't have control over those things that get said. It's really, in my book, it's really nothing. It's one person's opinion."
Pryor's agent, Jerome Stanley, told CSN Bay Area on Monday night that Allen was doing his player a disservice.
"I think they're putting him in hopes that he fails," Stanley said. "That's what I think Coach is doing. I think they're putting him in hopes that he has a bad game, so [Allen] can then justify the Matt McGloin situation. I think that's what's going on, I do, and it's ridiculous.
"You have to understand the coach is putting him in, he doesn't want him to look good. And you can write that. He doesn't want him to look good because if [Pryor] looks good this week, it makes the past five weeks look like a bad decision. [Allen] doesn't want [Pryor] to look good, he wants him to look bad. That is what is going on."
Pryor beat out Matt Flynn in training camp and started eight of the Raiders' first nine games, going 3-5 and missing one after suffering a concussion. After Pryor suffered a sprained MCL in his right knee in a loss at the New York Giants on Nov. 10, Allen went with undrafted rookie McGloin, who started the past six games and went 1-5.
Flynn started against the Washington Redskins in Week 4 and lost, and was later released.
So when Allen said Monday that Pryor would start the finale, it raised just as many eyebrows as questions. Like, was it Allen's decision, or was he pressured by either owner Mark Davis or general manager Reggie McKenzie to make the switch for a 4-11 team?
"It's a coach's decision all the way," Allen said. "Obviously we talk -- Reggie and I communicate about everything -- and that was a decision that I made."
Allen also said Pryor gives the Raiders the best chance to win, mostly because he now is fully healthy.
"Until he got to that point there really wasn't a lot of decisions to be made," Allen said. "I think this could be something that could spark our team."
On Twitter, Pryor distanced himself from his agent's comments. He also was asked Tuesday about Allen getting ripped by his agent.
"At first it was awkward, you know, because that's my head coach," Pryor said. "Me and Coach Allen talked, and he understands what went on and we're on the same page."
Asked whether he agreed with Stanley's comments, Pryor paused.