Wednesday, November 05, 2008

Stanton Not Starting Sunday Doesn't Make Sense

Correct me if I'm wrong, but haven't the Lions already admitted Drew Stanton is never going to be their starting quarterback?
How else can it be explained if the Lions start Daunte Culpepper, as expected, with just three days of practice Sunday against Jacksonville?
Is Stanton so bad the Lions had to literally pull Culpepper, who had announced his retirement, off the street to start Sunday.
I don't have an issue with the Lions signing Culpepper. They needed the presence of a veteran QB. I do, however, find it bewildering if they go with him over Stanton, who was with the team throughout the entire off season program, training camp and most of this season, to start this game.

11 Comments:

Blogger Doug said...

Makes all the sense in the world. Culpepper is here to fill the seats and avoid another blackout. The Lion's are also hoping to win a couple of games since Culpepper actually has the arm strength to get the ball deep to Calvin Johnson. That way the Lion's won't have to spend $70 million on a first round draft choice that probably would be as unless as they have already decided Stanton is.

8:20 PM 
Blogger garyflintstone said...

Makes no sense. More Lions coaching staff incompetence. You used a high second round pick on Stanton. Give him a start and see what he's made of. Give Culpepper another week to learn the offense. The Lions made the same mistake last year when they played Kitna every snap after the season was lost instead of evaluating Dan O.

7:26 AM 
Anonymous Marty said...

Pat,

I don't believe for a second that the Lions are starting Culpepper over Stanton this week. It makes almost no sense, so it seems like a complete smokescreen that all the Detroit writers picked up and ran with. Maybe if Marinelli convinced so many beat writers that he was doing this, he can also convince Jack Del Rio? I kind of doubt that though, since Del Rio knows better, and pretty much said so when asked the question.

If Culpepper does start, then something fishy really is going on in Allen Park. Maybe Ford Sr. really is getting his hands all over the team now.

-Marty

p.s. I didn't write waht I said as a slight. I don't believe that you think they will start Culpepper either. But like some very slick politians taught me; if you repeat an obvious lie over and over again, people will eventually start to believe you.

10:52 AM 
Blogger Fred Brill said...

So on Sunday we are going to see Culpepper - with a couple of days worth practice / study time - step on the field and take snaps behind the Lions offensive line.

Actually people like me won't see it, we will just hear it. Those 7000 seats probably won't be sold by Sunday - Culpepper or not.

So to me the truest test to your hypothesis that the Lions think Stanton is no good will be (not if but) when Culpepper gets hurt - I give him by the middle of the second quarter.

So now, with Kitna and Orlovski out "injured" (a nice way to save face and say "Sorry you're not getting it done but we won't humiliate you"), and Cullpeper riding off on the stretcher with the thumbs up to the camera - because he's tough, only Stanton is left.

Who would they play? Just automatically have Hanson come out and try field goal attempts from their own 30?

Pistons - watched them play the Raptors last night on the Raptors broadcast. Raptors were unbeaten till then. The common theme from their announcer's perspective was "if you think this teams good now - wait till Iverson is in there!". Prince was his usual great.

A shout out to Dave Dombrowski - "BULPEN BULLPEN BULLPEN". Make that your friggin mantra!

Go Wings.

12:37 PM 
Blogger Max Perilstein said...

WOuldn't you think more fans would go to see Stanton being the local boy then Culpepper?

It is amazing to watch this organization do what it does...

2:13 PM 
Blogger Pat Caputo said...

Doug,
It doesn't seem like signing Culpepper has had any bearing on the Lions selling tickets. Culpepper might help them win a game. And it would be important not to have the stigma of 0-16 hanging over the head of the franchise.
Caputo

6:38 PM 
Blogger Pat Caputo said...

garyflintstone,
I agree. I mean, don't you have to find out what Stanton can do at some point before the NFL draft?
Caputo

6:41 PM 
Blogger Pat Caputo said...

Marty,
There are some people who feel the way you do.I just don't see Marinelli as that cunning. And what is the point of that? Mike Tice had Culpepper on his team when he was the head coach of the Vikings. No surprise factor. Stanton starting would add interest in the game for the fans.
Caputo

6:49 PM 
Blogger Pat Caputo said...

fred brill,
I hear the Tigers are intereted in Brian Fuentes. So are the Mets, though, which will drive up his price. The Pistons look really good so far. Things are coming together for them.
Caputo

6:55 PM 
Blogger Pat Caputo said...

max perilstein,
I agree. Starting Stanton would have helped the Lions ticket sales. Not sure if it would made for a sellout, though.
Caputo

6:56 PM 
Blogger RLB said...

This Culpepper adventure is nothing more than the new direct reports to W C Ford wanting to distance themselves from anything to do with Matt Millen and hope that Culpepper can somehow win a game thus showing Ford that they brought Culpepper in as a stroke of genius and are making progress which they hope will justify keeping their jobs.

7:19 AM 

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