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Monday, May 4, 2009

Stafford Not Starting Yet

What, Matthew Stafford hasn't landed the starting gig already? Well what are they paying him all that money for?

ESPN is reporting that Lions' GM Martin Mayhew has tentatively named Daunte Culpepper as the team's starting quarterback.

"He's a pro, and I trust Daunte," Mayhew told the (Detroit) Free Press' Carlos Monarrez. "He's got a lot of ability, and I anticipate that if we had something to do today, Daunte would be the guy today. But we've got a lot of time to work, and we'll see how it goes."

It doesn't sound like this is anything more than the typical lip service early on. A team would be insane to name a rookie as the starter after one weekend of workouts, so this is really not news. Still, with a veteran like Culpepper (who also has a long relationship with O coordinator Scott Linehan) on the roster, Stafford will probably have a bit tougher time landing the starting job this fall than Matt Ryan had a year ago in Atlanta.


jferg said...

this is a good will take a while for Stafford to adjust to the speed of the game in the NFL and to learn the playbook.
The process is much like the same adjustments from High School to College. People are bigger and faster. The playbook is bigger and more complex.
Best case scenario is Stafford gets to learn for a year before ever having to see the field. Pre-season should help his learning curve immensely.

Anonymous said...

GOOD. Stafford needs to stay on the bench as long as he can. Matt Ryan was coming into a much better situation than Stafford is. Hopefully, that O-Line can keep Culpepper's legs from getting broken for at least a few weeks. Personally, I don't want to see Stafford on the field for anything except garbage time until at least Week 10. But, that's probably wishful thinking if the Lions don't do well (which they probably won't)