INDIANAPOLIS — Terrelle Pryor or Matt Flynn. When it comes to Sunday’s regular-season opener with the Oakland Raiders (1 p.m., Lucas Oil Stadium, CBS Sports), Indianapolis Colts head coach Chuck Pagano says his team will be ready for whoever ends up starting at quarterback.
“I think they’re both really good players, as we all know. I think Pryor, obviously with his athleticism, we’ve watched him in the preseason. We’ve watched him for a long time. We all know what he can do outside the pocket and the way he can create and the way he can run the read option. He gives you another dimension from a defensive standpoint that you got to take care of. He’s dangerous on the move,” Pagano said Wednesday.
“Whether they’re running read option with him, drop back to pass, if it’s not there then the guy can take off. He can scramble. He can scramble to run. He can scramble to make a play down the field. Again, they’re both really good quarterbacks. We’ll prepare for both guys and be ready to face whoever they decide to line up under center.”
Which will it be? — While Oakland head coach Dennis Allen won’t publicly disclose who will be his starting quarterback will be, media reports indicate that Pryor will most likely get the call.
“I haven’t made an announcement yet. Nor will I,” Allen said during a Wednesday teleconference with the Colts media. Earlier in the day, while previewing the Indianapolis game with the Raiders’ beat reporters, he said that he would not name a starter in order to have “a competitive advantage.”
STOPPING THE READ OPTION
Should Pryor, the former Ohio State standout, end up getting the nod as the Raiders’ starting quarterback, expect the Indianapolis defense to prepared for an option attack.