On Friday, Kiffin told the Oakland Tribune that Andrew Walter will be the team's number two quarterback behind Daunte Culpepper on Sunday.
Two weeks ago, top pick Jamrcus Russell passed Walter on the depth chart at QB.
It was thought that Russell would see some action for the first time, but apparently he is not learning Oakland's system fast enough.
No one doubted that missing camp and pre-season hurt Russell a lot, but I'd hoped he'd be at least ready to step in and take a few snaps during a game at this point.
This likely deep-sixes him starting at Denver on 12/2. It's pretty much down to starting him against San Diego during the last game of the year. I can't believe, despite this, that he doesn't start at least one game this season.
In any case, this is a major disappointment. Russell's been coming in on days off, as well as arriving early/staying late during scheduled practices. He was a good student in school--was named an All American student/athlete or some such thing, so he's clearly very smart.
So it's not a lack of work ethic or brains that's impedeing him. If he's behind where he should be at this point, even despite all that valuable learning time missed, something must be up.
This is what drives me nuts about Kiff. He makes these seemingly inexplicable personnel moves--sticking with McClown, refusing to play Rhodes, keeping JaMarcus as third string despite the fact that he actually thought about playing him against the Texans (which you would think indicated he was almost ready to go).
There have to be good reasons for these...but he won't share them with the fanbase. I know a coach can't go shooting his mouth off about everything, but it seems to me he should throw us a bone about these things in some form.
There's no more frustrated fanbase in the league right now than Raider Nation. I think we're ready to give Kiff the benefit of the doubt and trust him...but he should try and relieve some of that frustration by trying to explain some of these things that are driving us nuts.
At this point, his actions basically say "Shut up and trust me."
Forgive me if, at 2-7, I'm skeptical about giving that trust 100 percent.