Daunte Culpepper or Josh McCown? That’s the secret today in Oakland, where the Raiders are keeping who will start Sunday’s opener vs the Detroit Lions. It was reported earlier in the day by some sources that Culpepper would get the start, but then more reports came out, this time stating that McCown would get the ball to start the new season under center for the Black and Silver.
The players of the Raiders say that they know who the QB will be, but they are not telling the media either. “He’s not being secretive with us,” Porter said. “He’s just not telling you. It’s a different situation. In the past, you guys have known who the starter is from Day 1, no competition, no anything.”
New Raiders coach Lane Kiffin stated today that it was a matter of trying to make the Lions guess who would start on Sunday. He said that he spoke to the QB’s on Tuesday, told them who won the starting job, but that it would not be reveled until the team took the field Sunday afternoon. “It’s simply a matter of always trying to gain a competitive advantage,” Kiffin said.
Culpepper seemed to have the edge coming down the stretch, starting the last two preseason games, and he seemed to play well enough in both to earn the job. McCown though, has the edge in mobility, which may be enough to earn the job over Culpepper, who may still be just a bit under 100 percent with his injured knee from two years ago.
The way that McCown was talking on Wednesday though, it looked as if the job was his. “If our coaches think this gives us an advantage, then by all means you do it,” McCown said. “If it doesn’t, then who cares? No big deal, no harm done, other than some family members that wanted to know. Other than that it’s no big deal. I’m all for it as long as it can possibly help us.”
Culpepper seemed a bit more distant about the decision, not really pointing in any such direction as to who the starter would be. “I don’t know the deal. I’m just working,” Culpepper said. “I’ve said from the beginning that no matter what my role, I’m going to help the team as much as I can.”