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Oakland Raider News: 09-27-06: Color Me Coy, But, Daunte to Start


After three weeks of letdowns, I just can't believe that Daunte will be starting this week. It was bad for my health, as well as Josh McCown's. Every time that I saw McCown take the field I'd hoped that Daunte was ready. Even in Week 2 at Denver when McCown was NOT GOING TO PLAY, he shocked the Raider Nation by taking the field to begin the game. So, don't think for ONE SECOND that I believe Daunte will start. I will not believe it until I see him take the first snap on Sunday.

Then, again, they may BOTH START:

I can see the situation now:

Josh McCown wheels himself to the huddle in his electric wheel chair and calls the plays. He then observes the defense and gives more directions accordingly. Every snap is direct snapped to Daunte who then runs the play.

Asked for comment on Josh McCown's performance after the game, the Raider Coach, Lane Kiffin, had this to say, "I thought that Josh called a perfect game out there. He checked off really well and I think we may have found a solution to our quarterback situation here."

When pressed about the spleen injury and concussion suffered by his disabled quarterback, Lane Kiffin, had this to say, "We will go back on Monday and look at the film. I will say this though, Josh showed some real guts out there today and the doctors have assured me that they will be able to have them all stuffed back in by Sunday.  At this point I'd say that Josh is day to day."

In all seriousness though, I believe that this was the plan all along.

The plan being to start McCown until Daunte got the offense down and then switch to Daunte.

It is happening two weeks earlier than I thought it would. But I am NOT surprised that Daunte is starting against the Dolphins.

It is too bad that McCown did so poorly and that he is hurt. I am sure we could have gotten a good draft pick from the Bills for a healthy and less turnover prone McCown.


J Mac is at it again, he had this to say about Culpepper and Gandhi

For the record, this is what Culpepper said to reporters by e-mail back on July 18 when he was released:

"As I was going through this process I heard a quote by Gandhi that best expresses my thoughts about this victory: "First they ignore you, then they ridicule you, then they fight you, then you win. Now that I have my freedom and I get to choose my next team, I am just like many other people who have to go out and find employment so I can take care of family.''

Gandhi . . . Culpepper not only throws deep, he is deep.

Gante Culpepper? Hmmmm? Someone out there has GOT to have some Photoshop skills that can create that character!!!


Today's Old School Raider is, Pete Banaszak:

His most famous moment came when he and Kenny Stabler started one of the most famous plays in Raider History, The Holy Roller

In American football, the Holy Roller (known as the Immaculate Deception by San Diego Chargers fans) was an infamous, controversial game-winning play executed by the Oakland Raiders against the Chargers on September 10, 1978 (see 1978 in sports). The game was played at the Chargers' home field, Jack Murphy Stadium (now Qualcomm Stadium).

What some believe should have been called an incomplete pass (and possibly intentional grounding) was seen as a fumble and the rest of the play involved illegal batting of the ball. The officials did not think the illegal actions were obvious enough to call a penalty so the play ended in a touchdown.