Oakland's answer at QB

Updated: August 13, 2007, 1:19 PM ET
By Jeremy Green
If things continue as they are right now, the acquisition of quarterback Daunte Culpepper will go down as one of the better offseason moves in recent Raiders history. With a fresh start underway and many miles between Oakland and a disastrous 2006 season in Miami, the buzz is that Culpepper is in fact everything Oakland was hoping he could be.

People within the Raiders organization say it was apparent from the time Culpepper first stepped onto the field that he was indeed the answer they were looking for to their quarterback issues. With no sign that No. 1 overall pick JaMarcus Russell will end his holdout any time soon and the only other viable starting option being Josh McCown, Culpepper walked into a perfect situation.

And for the first time in a long time there is no pressure on Culpepper. In Minnesota there were questions about how he would fare without wide receiver Randy Moss. In Miami there were big expectations because the team gave up a second-round pick and signed him to a huge contract, despite a major knee injury the previous seaosn. In Oakland? Not a lot of expectations, except for those experts and observers just waiting for him to fail. Culpepper, however, has different aspirations.