NEWARK, N.J. -- Only a fool would think Oakland Raiders coach Dennis Allen would reveal fully his game plan for the New York Jets in general, how he'd use backup quarterback Terrelle Pryor in particular.
Yet Allen gave enough clues throughout the week to suggest Pryor could see game action for the first time since Nov. 10, when he played on this same MetLife Stadium turf ... on a bum right knee against the New York Giants.
"Obviously, you go into a game and you have a game plan," Allen said this week. "You have some things that you have designed to do within the game and then, really, the game dictates a lot of times what you end up doing.
"We'd like to see Terrelle at some point again and give him another opportunity and continue to evaluate him. The biggest thing is, we want to utilize the guys and do the things we feel like gives us the best chance to have success offensively, defensively, in the kicking game. If we feel like he gives us an advantage, then we'll try to use him."
How's that for being committed to being non-committal?
Here's the thing, though -- while many of Pryor's supporters are screaming that he should get a chance to see what he can do now that the offensive line is relatively healthy and stable, the unreliability of the O-line at the beginning of the season is what opened the door for Pryor and his running game in the first place.
Simply put, his mobility made him the best choice and chance for success behind a leaky line.
Consider: According to the Associated Press, Pryor and Matt Flynn, in his only start, were sacked once every 8.2 dropbacks. McGloin, meanwhile, has been sacked twice on 109 attempts. Twice.
And yet, while Pryor has thrown eight interceptions since his last touchdown, he still has a higher completion percentage than Matt McGloin (58.9-56.9).
But what the Raiders lose in mobility with McGloin under center, they gain in pocket presence.
"I see a guy that makes a lot of quick decisions with the football," Jets coach Rex Ryan said in a conference call this week. "He's accurate and he's very poised. I see a guy that has outstanding fundamentals and plays smart. It seems like it's coming out quick and he knows where to go with the football."
McGloin has compiled a quarterback rating of 84.6 in completing 62 of 109 passes for 799 yards with four touchdowns and two interceptions. He has two yards rushing on seven attempts.
Pryor's QB rating is 69.0 with 132 completions in 224 attempts for 1,559 yards, five TDs and 10 INTs. He has also rushed for 504 yards, including his record 93-yard touchdown run against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
The last time Pryor spoke to reporters, after McGloin and the Raiders beat the Houston Texans, Pryor insisted he was not frustrated, though his body language told a different story.
"It doesn't frustrate me," he said at the time. "That's just the game. It happens. Other guys play well. You get hurt, other guys play well, why not continue with it?
"I don't blame coach. I'm a team player."
"I don't know if you would say that, I just think that right now that [McGloin] is continuing to improve," Raiders offensive coordinator Greg Olson said. "Again, we always talk about the opportunity. He was given an opportunity when Terelle got hurt and he's running with it right now."
And yet, no one in the building is convinced -- yet -- that the quarterback of the future is already in said building, hence the need to see Pryor again at some point in the last quarter of the season.
Especially with some intriguing quarterback candidates in the next NFL draft, from Louisville's Teddy Bridgewater to Texas A&M's Johnny Manziel to Fresno State's Derek Carr to Alabama's A.J. McCarron.
And if the draft were held today, the Raiders would pick seventh overall.
"Obviously there are some decisions we have to have made here, but right now we're just trying to win games," Olson said. "[What's] on the mind of every coach and every player is, 'How are we going to win the game this Sunday?'
"And if Terrelle can help us win the game this Sunday and we feel like he can help us win, then we'll give him a chance to get evaluated. That's where we're at right now as far as that position goes."