The Raiders are watching a promising start slip away, and now it appears they have another issue coming up – a quarterback controversy. Opening day starter Josh McCown, who has been out the past few weeks with a broken big toe on his left foot, is starting to speak out that he would like his job back. If McCown can have a solid week of practice, Raiders coach Lane Kiffin might have to make that all important decision on if to go with his opening day starter or stick with struggling Daunte Culpepper.
As for what McCown thinks? He feels he’s ready to get back in there. “I, obviously, want to start and expect to when I’m back,” McCown said, “but that will be on (the coaches) to make the best decision they can make, and I’m behind that 100 percent.” That last part by the way is player speak for “I want my job back.” McCown is out of the boot that he has been in, and after working out Monday said that he is pain- free and ready to give it a full go in practice on Wednesday.
Culpepper has been under center for the last three games, and despite being a little more productive throwing the ball after his first start in Miami, he also has been on the losing end the last two weeks as the team has lost to AFC West foes in San Diego and at home for KC. “The bottom line is, you put the best players in who can help you win at that time,” Kiffin said. “So on that given Sunday, who do we feel can help us win, and that’s who we’ll play.”
And what about rookie JaMarcus Russell? The overall first pick in this past April NFL Draft has yet to take a snap in a game, and it looks like from what Kiffin will be faced with, it may be a bit longer till we say the Raiders QB of the future in a game that means anything. With how much Kiffin favored McCown in the past, if he is healthy Sunday I would not be stunned to see him back under center in Tennessee.