ALAMEDA -- One thing common to the Raiders over the years but missing in the all-business Dennis Allen era is a good soap opera.

After Allen announced Terrelle Pryor as the starting quarterback over Matt McGloin for the season finale against the Denver Broncos, Pryor's agent told Comcast SportsNet Bay Area that his client was being "set up to fail."

When asked about it Tuesday, Allen smiled in disputing the claim of Los Angeles-based agent Jerome Stanley, who is president of SAFE Sports Management with an impressive client list of NFL and NBA players.

"That's the stupidest thing I've ever fricking heard," Allen said. "This isn't the 'Real Housewives of Beverly Hills,' this isn't made-for-TV drama. This is football, and we make our decisions based on that. ... I can't control the ignorance that might come out of somebody else's mouth."

Oakland Raiders quarterback Terrelle Pryor (2) breaks a big gainer in front of Philadelphia Eagles defender Trent Cole (58) in the second quarter of an NFL
Oakland Raiders quarterback Terrelle Pryor (2) breaks a big gainer in front of Philadelphia Eagles defender Trent Cole (58) in the second quarter of an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 3, 2013 at O.co Coliseum in Oakland, Calif. The Eagles won, 49-20. (D. Ross Cameron/Bay Area News Group

Stanley told CSNBayArea.com on Monday night: "You have to understand the coach 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 he looks good this week, it makes the past five weeks look like a bad decision. (Allen) doesn't want him to look good, he wants him to look bad. That is what's going on."

Stanley was not available for comment Tuesday. Pryor sent out a tweet apologizing for the comments Monday night and distanced himself from Stanley's claim Tuesday.

"I'm happy that Coach Allen gave me this opportunity," Pryor said. "I know for a fact the man Coach Allen is, and that doesn't even cross my mind as a possibility. I know he wants to win. All he talks about is winning."

Allen said he called Pryor on Monday night to clear the air.

"At first it was awkward, because that's my head coach," Pryor said. "It sounds like it's coming from a person you deal with. But (we) talked, and he understands what went on. We're on the same page."

Pryor said he had a brief conversation with Stanley but declined to divulge details.

Allen said he was not pressured by general manager Reggie McKenzie or owner Mark Davis to start Pryor.

head coach Dennis Allen during their game against the Tennessee Titans in the second quarter at the O.co Coliseum in Oakland, Calif. on Sunday, Nov. 24,
head coach Dennis Allen during their game against the Tennessee Titans in the second quarter at the O.co Coliseum in Oakland, Calif. on Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group) (Nhat V. Meyer)

"Coach's decision all the way," Allen said. "Obviously, Reggie and I communicate, and that was the decision I made."

The decision to start Pryor, Allen said, was to give the Raiders the best chance to win and not simply a move to closer evaluate Pryor after seeing McGloin for six games.

"I want to get another opportunity to watch Terrelle go out there and play," Allen said. "Three out of the four games we won have been with Terrelle in there at quarterback. I think we need something that's going to spark the football team."

Pryor, who last started Nov. 10 in a 24-20 loss to the New York Giants, said he wasn't sure if he would get another chance to start before the end of the season.

"I was just focused on finding ways to get better, and whatever happens, happens," Pryor said. "You can't focus much on it. It can mess with you if you keep on thinking about it. You just have to keep working on your craft."

With the Raiders having already played eight games with Pryor as the starter, wide receiver Rod Streater said it won't be a big adjustment.

"It was back to old times," Streater said. "He was out there, looking smooth, went through all of his reads. Made a couple of great passes. I feel like he never really left."

McGloin was not available for comment.

  • For the first time all season, the Raiders had every player on their 53-man roster available to practice.

    Running back Jeremy Stewart returned after missing three games with an ankle injury, with Taiwan Jones returning to cornerback. Cornerback Mike Jenkins (hamstring) and guard Mike Brisiel (knee) were limited.

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