Matt Leinart Thinks He Deserves to Start and Other AFC West News

Christopher Hansen@ChrisHansenNFLNFL AnalystDecember 28, 2012

The Raider Nation feels the same way about Matt Leinart starting on Sunday.
The Raider Nation feels the same way about Matt Leinart starting on Sunday.USA TODAY Sports

Dennis Allen and the Raiders face a decision in Week 17 about whether to start journeyman Matt Leinart or the bright-eyed and bushy-tailed Terrelle Pryor. That decision is expected at some point on Friday, but one of the two men believes he should be the starter.

“In this situation, I deserve to play, I deserve to start,” Leinart said (via Steve Corkran of

There might not be five people on the entire planet who think Leinart deserves to start. Considering all the work Leinart has put in as the backup quarterback and his knowledge of Greg Knapp’s offense, it makes sense, but that’s where any logic ends.

All that time preparing as a backup and knowledge of the offense didn’t help him play well in relief of Carson Palmer last week. The Raiders need to get a look at Pryor in an NFL game, and the fans deserve to see what their athletic quarterback has to offer.

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