Despite what can be safely be labeled an abysmal effort against the Denver Broncos on Sunday afternoon, according to Josh Dubow of the Associated Press, Oakland Raiders quarterback Josh McCown will get the start when the team plays the Cleveland Browns this coming Sunday. McCown against the Broncos went 8-for-16 for 73 yards with one touchdown and three interceptions, yet Raiders head coach Lane Kiffin said Monday that McCown gives the team the better chance to win over reserve QB Daunte Culpepper and would remain the starter – for at least this week.
Kiffin told the Associated Press regarding McCown’s status as the starting QB, “Josh has got to get better, that’s no secret, or he won’t be our starting quarterback for long, especially at this pace.” With Culpepper and just-signed rookie QB JaMarcus Russell in the wings, McCown is not exactly a crowd favorie at McAfee Coliseum these days. But McCown’s confidence really hasn’t been affected despite mixed results so far, McCown adding, “I don’t get caught up in it because it does me no good. It’s just going to bring me down.
“I have to play to a standard that I want to and as bad as the fans may think that you play or whatever, this is just something they go and watch, and they go and get enjoyment from. This is my life, this is my job. If they want me to do better than just imagine how much I want to do better and how well I want to play.” Well said Josh, but despite what you say, your performance in the next game or two will pretty much determine your fate for at least your short-term future. Culpepper’s ready to go and the game in Cleveland IMO is a must win game both for you and the Raiders. Kiffin probably said it best, being mindful of this being a results-driven team and league, saying, “We can talk about, ‘Our team fought back, and we’ve been ahead in both games in the fourth quarter. Are we better than we used to be?’ All that stuff. But we’re 0-2 and it’s my job to win here.”