by Ryan Wilson
It's official: Daunte Culpepper will be the Lions starting quarterback when they host the Jaguars tomorrow afternoon. And why shouldn't he? He's been with the team for 120 hours. Culpepper was signed on Monday, took the majority of snaps during Thursday's practice, and today, ESPN's Chris Mortensen reports that he'll be under center come Sunday.
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Dan Orlovsky, who began the year second on the depth chart but was promoted in Week 2 after Jon Kitna went down with an injury, suffered a broken thumb last week, which hastened the Culpepper signing. Mortensen also adds, very matter of factly, that "second-year pro Drew Stanton is [head coach Rod] Marinelli's other option."
And by "other option," I envision Marinelli meaning it in strictly a "worst-case scenario" type situation. I do find it ironic that the worst team in the league, that has made some of the worst personnel decisions in recent memory, would have the chutzpah to suggest that a second-year quarterback that they drafted could approach the high standard of embarrassment set by the organization.
At this point, I'm hoping Stanton gets a chance to play and goes all "Tom Brady like it's 2000 up in here," just so I can enjoy another disjointed, rambling Marinelli post-game presser. In the meantime, Culpepper will be tasked with getting the Lions their first win in nine attempts. The Jaguars have been particularly generous in previous weeks, dropping back-to-back games against the Browns and Bengals, but, to be fair, they were also facing quarterbacks who had been in the league for more than three days.
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