Terrelle Pryor, now you need to play well.
As is the case for so many good quarterbacks, it all comes down to one game. So if you want to be considered among that group, or at least capable of becoming good, then use this game to show and prove.
Since Raiders coach Dennis Allen named you the starter for the season finale, at home against Peyton Manning and the mighty Denver Broncos, you now have the opportunity to hush your critics. You can reclaim your status as a quarterback-of-the-future candidate and end this soap opera, which, as Allen suggested Tuesday, is starting to rival a "Real Housewives" episode.
You're off to a good start, by the way. How you handled your agent's comments -- he accused the Raiders of setting you up to fail -- was perfect. Even though many of your fans have griped about Allen having a personal vendetta against you, humility was the right route. Quarterbacks don't make excuses, and they stay above the fray.
"I'm happy that Coach Allen gave me this opportunity. 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.''
Perfect. Now produce.
The best part: You don't even have to win. Victory would certainly be an exclamation point, as the Broncos are arguably the best team in the AFC. But you just need to be productive.
Avoid turnovers. Make the smart reads. Show some composure in the pocket, which would be a welcomed sign of maturity as a quarterback. And, when it's called for, make plays. Use those swift feet, that special athleticism, and that knack for making something from nothing. Conjure up some memories from those September days when you had people recalculating their expectations for this Raiders team.
"I want to get another opportunity to watch Terrelle go out there and play," Allen told reporters Tuesday. "Listen, 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, and I think this can be something that can spark our team."
Yes. Yes. That does sound like the same reason many, including here, wanted you behind center weeks ago. But that doesn't matter now.
And no, getting thrown into the fire for the last game -- after getting random, inconsistent snaps the last few weeks -- is hardly ideal. But you, sir, should be the last person waiting on ideal. Because nothing since you left Ohio State has qualified as such.
None of that is relevant, though. Whatever slights you've experienced (perceived or real), whatever potential you have (perceived or real) is all background music for the show you're about to put on Sunday. It's up to you whether it's the score for a horror flick or theme music for a story of vindication.
If it is somehow true you have been mismanaged since Al Davis snatched you in the 2011 supplemental draft, restrained by a coaching staff more bent on scratching out wins than developing your talent, the answer is to play well Sunday.
If your healthy crop of supporters is correct and you have some intangibles worthy of further grooming with hopes they amount to a dual-threat quarterback, the answer is to play well Sunday.
If Allen made a mistake by benching you in favor of Matt McGloin, perhaps discounting that your declining play was partly a product of an unhealthy supporting cast, the answer is to play well Sunday.
If you are over the Raiders, fed up with quarterback shuffling that could have been sponsored by In-N-Out burger, and you want to take your potential elsewhere, the answer is to play well Sunday.
Everything rides on you taking on Denver and walking off the field with more positives than negatives. You have been a polarizing figure all season, much of that no fault of your own. But everyone, fans and critics, is united on this front: You need to play well Sunday.