The news Josh McCown will start Sunday against the Packers is about as surprising as me stepping of the plane in Green Bay, Wis., today and realizing it’s under 30 degrees.
Of course McCown will start. Daunte Culpepper hasn’t practiced all week. And with JaMarcus Russell not having the full playbook to use yet, Kiffin wouldn’t start him against one the NFL’s best teams.
What’s interesting is the emotional roller coaster Andrew Walter must be on.
When McCown and Culpepper are healthy, he doesn’t dress for games.
Now that Kiffin doesn’t want to expose Russell to a hostile environment in cold weather, Walter will be the No. 2 quarterback provided Culpepper’s quadriceps injury isn’t miraculously better.
Walter has worked after practice to get ready in case he has to play. It’s a necessity because he doesn’t get to do much in practice when the other three quarterbacks are healthy.
Walter desperately wants out of Oakland. After a 2006 season that saw him battered and eventually need offseason knee surgery and was followed by the Raiders drafting Russell, he wants a chance to succeed elsewhere.
Just for the mental toll the last two years have had on him, Walter deserves that.
At least Kiffin cleared up one thing already. LaMont Jordan will be the No. 2 running back this week.
So unless Dominic Rhodes is returning kicks, he'll probably be inactive Sunday for a second straight game.