Friday, September 14, 2007

McCown vs Culpepper

I have never wished an injury on an NFL player other than John Elway, Neil Smith, Derrick Thomas (RIP), KC Marcus Allen, Dan Fouts, Chuck Muncie, Marc Gastineau, Tom Jackson, Michael Irvin, Emmit Smith, Jim Kelly, Bruce Smith, Thurman Thomas, Franco Harris, Lynn Swann, Terry Bradshaw, Tom Brady... I forget my point.... oh yeah.... I have never wished an injury on an NFL player - especially a Raider, thats just mental - but I will say this: I think the injury to Josh McCown is timely.

I'M IN with Coach Kiffin, absolutely in love with the guy, Al Davis was right, Kiffin is more prepared/ready than Gruden was, by a mile... but this decision to start Josh over Duante bugs me... I understand Kiffin's reasons, that Daunte just didn't have enough time, that Josh was ahead system-wise... but in McCown, I don't see a Rich Gannon as much as a Donald Hollas...

I'm big on body language. I may have to take this back down the road, but Josh McCown does not inspire me and I can't see him inspiring his team. I don't see him taking control of a game, putting the team in his back. He is a solid "play it safe" kind of guy, but thats it. To me he looks a little intimidated, tentative out there on the field, a little unsure of himself. Good decisions yes, but a little slow in executing... He looks like he is learning - and hey if thats the case, then lets get JaMarcus coached up and in there after the bye - and at least use this time for JRock to learn and develop.

Duante Culpepper on the other hand is a stud, he walks on the field and looks like he belongs, like he can just take the game over and dominate, like he has been there and done that. I admit, Culpepper looked horrible in Miami, but we could see in the pre-season that this year - he was back... The swagger was there... I want him under center in Denver. Of course, he has to produce, but I want him under center.

Josh did a great job during the three consecutive TD scoring drives, but when we took the lead I didn't like the fired-up routine... I want my QB to have fire, but that was a bit much... I want my QB to act like he has been there... Maybe as a team they let off too much steam, maybe McCown let off too much steam... we all know what happened
after we went up 21-20...

Either way in terms of QB for Sunday, it means little if the D doesn't show... I love Rob Ryan, but when his dad was describing his sons, which one was Rob? The Ugly one or the Dumb one? Come on! Blitz Dammit!!

Can I make a comment that may piss-off some of you? Whats with the boo-ing at home? WTF?! Boo-ing at the old Oakland Alameda County Coliseum ?! I have never been to a home game in Oakland but have been to plenty of games in Buffalo, Cleveland, Pittsburgh, Washington, Detroit and New York and whenever a Bill's fan or Jet's fan or Steeler's fan would boo their own team I would laugh at them... many times I have said "what are you doing boo-ing your own team at home? Nice Fans you are..." and nearly always everyone would agree with me that its just not right. Now, I understand a fan buys a ticket and has a right to say what he/she wants, but boo the Raiders?, your own Silver and Black?, even last year... Just Wrong Baby... I think silence sends a stronger message if/when needed...

5 comments:

raiderdaddy said...

We were booing because we had ZERO points at halftime! After a season like last year when we couldn't buy a TD, for our Raiders to start off like that i'm surprised you weren't booing also. Also just like you want Culpepper in, so do the rest of us, another reason for the boos. How about that 4th qtr when that stadium was rocking! That was a sight to see.

Anonymous said...

Ditto on Mccown and Daunte. Ditto on booing. I've criticized others for booing their own teams, now we are booing our own. I want Daunte in also, but not at the expense of being like yankee fans. I'm a Raider fan in Indy who constantly defends the nation as the greatest following in sports. I've seen our boys in Oak, Cleveland, Indy, Cinci and Nashville. We always travel well. My point, we are better than that. Anywayz, Raider4life, kick Denver's Ass!

Calico Jack said...

No doubt Tooz about Culpepper having the swagger. He has a natural leadership style that resonates with his teammates. Beyond his Pro Bowl pedigree, he gives the Raiders the best chance to succeed with his combination of experience, mobility, passing prowess, and overall leadership qualities.

Anonymous said...

The Boo'ing pisses me off too. McCown doesn't deserve that, he's the QB of the Raiders! I like Daunte too but he alone wasn't going to change that game around for us if we threw him in half way through. We lost in all 3 phases of the game, not just QB.

And did we really lose at QB? 300+ yards, 2 TD's, 75% accuracy +drops, and one of the 2 INT's hit a guy right in the chest & popped into the air. This, after a full year of not starting for McCown. Give the guy a chance to shake off a little rust and learn on the fly, that's what young QB's do.

Kif had that guy ready to play, and he didn't disappoint IMO.

With that said, yeah it WILL be fun to see what Daunte can do this week!

Psycho

Craig said...

You forgot Jim Zorn, Steve Largent, Dan Doornink, Brian Bosworth, Jack Patera, Efren Herrera, and Bill the Beer Man.

Tenacious P