With the Lions organization pretty much FUBAR (Matt Millen be damned), last week the club went about the task of finding a starting quarterback now that Dan Orlovsky might be out for a spell with an injured thumb.
Daunte Culpepper was officially signed on Monday, and because of Orlovsky's situation, there's a decent chance the former Vikings star could be under center on Sunday. As in: four days from now after being in the Lions offense for approximately 15 minutes and out of football for eight months prior to that.
From mlive.com's Tom Kowalski:
Several sources have indicated that Lions free agent quarterback Daunte Culpepper took the majority of snaps at today's practice. Neither Culpepper or backup Drew Stanton would comment on how the snaps were divided; Stanton said he was told not to discuss it with the media.
Given how offensive coordinator Jim Collettofeels about Stanton, I suspect the second-year quarterback wasn't surprised by losing out to a guy who was retired a few weeks ago.
For the sake of discussion, let's assume Stanton is just dreadful and Colletto's remarks have some merit. What does that say about the Lions' ability to evaluate talent? (I know, we could just blame it on Millen and move on, but hear me out. Or don't; your choice.) I mean, we've seen the Cowboys go with Brad Johnson and Brooks Bollingerin the same game; could it be worse than that? How about J.T. O'Sullivan or Ryan Fitzpatrick or, hell, JaMarcus Russell? See where I'm going with this?
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Plus, it's not like letting Stanton play now, after an 0-8 start, suddenly jeopardizes Detroit's playoff hopes. Those were dashed back in September. Which means that the 2007 second-round pick is a bust before he ever takes the field. I think that's a new low, even for the Lions.
So, um, good luck, Daunte!
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