Lions Need To Find Out What Orlovsky Can Do, As Well
I don’t think that makes me the Lone Ranger in that regard. Seems like everybody in this town feels the same way. They just can’t wait to see what Stanton can do when the bullets are real.
Dan Orlovsky, however, will likely get the first crack at it, and it could come as soon as Sunday when the Lions play the Vikings on the road. Jon Kitna’s playing status is iffy because of a back injury.
I do question sometimes if we’re giving Orlovsky a fair shot. He has been with the team for a number of years, and never really been given a real chance to display his capabilities.
Certainly, he has been thrust into difficult circumstances this season. While he hasn’t been impressive, how can it be much of a gauge? During the preseason, Orlovsky has played both well and not-so-well. Stanton definitely has presented more flash.
Perhaps it would be a good thing to let Orlovsky prepare for a week or two as starter - and then start him. What do the Lions have to lose? They certainly have enough season remaining to find out what both Orlovsky and Stanton can do.
I just wonder if Rod Marinelli would ever consider that given his apparent dependence on Jon Kitna.
- Defensive coordinator Joe Barry’s contention the Lions just overlooked cornerback Brian Kelly, and that is why he dressed, but didn’t play last Sunday vs. Chicago, is laughable. How can the Lions dress a player and afford not use him on special teams? That is especially so since their depth has been diminished by having so many healthy defensive linemen on the inactive list each week. That just cripples their special team units, and was a particular oversight considering the threat the Bears Devin Hester presents. Seriously, they were fortunate that game was just 34-7.
- It was strange watching the Red Wings play such undisciplined hockey Thursday night against the Maple Leafs. Doubt we’ll see more of the same Saturday night in Ottawa.
- It is a trap game, but I have a feeling Michigan State will control the clock with its running game against Northwestern. The Spartans' offensive line is much better than had been anticipated.