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Dennis Allen and Reggie McKenzie are learning things about Terrelle Pryor every day, even on the days he doesn't practice or play.
That's where the Raiders are currently -- with Pryor limping around on a sprained right knee, missing practice Wednesday, and Matt McGloin looking likely to be Sunday's starter when the Raiders play in Houston.
Allen and McKenzie didn't plan any bit of this, of course -- Matt Flynn was supposed to be the 2013 starter, though they do not love to be reminded of it.
But now, the Raiders coach and general manager can evaluate Pryor at some different and interesting stages:
How does Pryor play when he's limited (last Sunday, it wasn't good), how hard does he work to get back in, how deeply does he keep his head in the game plan when he's injured, and how wisely can he use his down time to lift his mental game?
"A lot of football players, they try to tough it out, you know?" Pryor said Wednesday. "I guess certain positions you can.
"But the way I move and the way I have to move, it didn't really help out."
The Raiders can't make a complete decision on Pryor until they know he can do those things -- or know that he absolutely cannot.
Right now, he can't beat anybody with his legs, and he hasn't. How quickly can Pryor heal or figure out how to win with his top speed?
Every day gives Allen and McKenzie new information, and maybe some of the most important details come when Pryor is far from at his best.
Probably not tremendously different, but it's fascinating to think about now that Shaw has led Stanford to a series of huge victories and Roman is under some heat as the 49ers offense bogs down a bit.
And, yes, Stanford basically came down to a choice between Shaw or Roman, the two top assistants on Harbaugh's offensive staff.
Stanford absolutely picked the right guy in Shaw; Roman -- in my opinion -- also was definitely the right OC for the 49ers and will prove it again over the second half of this season.
But if they'd switched places, who knows, maybe even greater (or much worse) things could have happened.
I don't know about the other facets of the game, but I know the Cardinal will run hard, often and productively, and that means I think Stanford will win relatively easily.
And we know the Warriors' starting lineup is very, very good, has found instant chemistry, is shooting the ball extremely well and is just taking apart bad opponent offenses with good overall defense.
As a five-man unit, the Warriors' starters are plus-8.4 in an average of 19 minutes a game all together, shooting an incredible 56.7 percent as an on-court unit and 52.8 percent from 3-point distance.
But the real thing to watch: The go/no-go date for co-owners Joe Lacob and Peter Guber is coming up sometime around June 2014.
If they don't have it all the way lined up by then, the dream of opening by 2017 will be out the window, and they could be delayed for several more years.
The real countdown is to Summer 2014. Get ready for it.
McGloin could be the Raiders' third starting QB this season. PAGE 2