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September 17, 2007
McCown losing Kiffin's trust?

ALAMEDA - Josh McCown, the starting quarterback for your Oakland Raiders.

Not the news many fans want to hear. I've received e-mails and calls and text messages from fans asking why Lane Kiffin is so enthralled with McCown when Daunte Culpepper is on the bench.

It comes down to trust. Kiffin trusts McCown more than he does Culpepper with the offense.

How long that lasts is anyone's guess. I think another multi-interception game would get Culpepper the start against his old team, the Miami Dolphins, in Week 4.

Kiffin said as much in his news conference today when he said McCown wouldn't be the starter much longer if he didn't play better.

If McCown were on target Sunday, Jerry Porter has at least two touchdowns and the Raiders don't need overtime.

Kiffin knows that. And he knows he can't keep selling the Raiders on doing things his way if he doesn't start winning games.

• The Raiders ran for 200 yards against Denver, but Kiffin believes LaMont Jordan (159 yards) could have gained 200 on his own had he not missed some reads. Kiffin believes the run game will get even better this season.

Can you say LaMont Jordan, Pro Bowler? Don't laugh, it could happen. This zone-blocking scheme allows backs to put up big numbers. Just think of some of the no-name guys in Denver who have put up big numbers in the scheme.

• Kiffin still is dismayed by the poor tackling of his secondary. If the unit was better, Travis Henry doesn't get 100 yards rushing Sunday.

- Jason Jones

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Matt Kawahara was born in Sacramento and attended McClatchy High School and UC Berkeley, where he wrote for the independent student paper The Daily Californian. He graduated from Cal in 2010 and started at The Sacramento Bee as a summer intern. He joined The Bee's sports staff in fall 2011.

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