Skip to content

CRIS CARTER DOUBTS CULPEPPER CAN SUCCEED

Daunte Culpepper and Cris Carter spent three seasons together in Minnesota, and as a quarterback-wide receiver combo, they were fairly successful.
But as Culpepper tries to get his career back on track today in his first game with the Detroit Lions,  Carter doesn’t think it’s going to work out. On ESPN’s NFL Countdown this morning, Carter said he believes Culpepper has been out of the game too long — and the Lions are too bad — for this pairing to work.
“I don’t think you can come off the scrap heap, or be on the sideline, or be at home, or wherever, the side of the road, and quarterback an NFL team,” Carter said. “Let alone a bad football team.”
Although Carter added that “I wish Daunte Culpepper well,” he made clear that he thinks Culpepper will flop.
We’ll find out today, and over the course of the rest of the season, whether Carter is right. But Carter’s comments point out that the expectations in Detroit are so low that Culpepper doesn’t have to do much to be considered a success. If the Lions win one game with Culpepper at the helm, that’s one more than they’ve won this season without him. And if Culpepper is even a competent quarterback, that’s more than almost anyone expects of him.

Permalink 11 Comments Feed for comments Latest Stories in: Buffalo Bills, Detroit Lions, Minnesota Vikings, Rumor Mill
11 Responses to “CRIS CARTER DOUBTS CULPEPPER CAN SUCCEED”
  1. MaineMan says: Nov 9, 2008 11:24 AM

    The Lions should change their name to the Wile E. Coyotes. Culpepper was shipped direct from ACME, Inc.

  2. BuckFutter says: Nov 9, 2008 11:31 AM

    Seriously…..outside of the Lions organization, is there anyone who DOESN’T think Culpepper is going to flop?
    And let’s face it, the Lions don’t generally have much luck with their predictions.

  3. apanther says: Nov 9, 2008 12:01 PM

    How much worse can it be with Culpepper? They are already winless. What is there to lose? He’s not making much money. I say go for it.

  4. BuckFutter says: Nov 9, 2008 12:16 PM

    apatnher, As empty13 points out, what they have to lose is the ability to win games in the future, rather than 1 or 2 games this season (which, by the virtue of luck, they probably would do with or without Culpepper). How much good did Culpepper do in Miami or Oakland? None. He wasted a season of development for both of the teams, and if Miami hadn’t gotten lucky and had Pennington fall in their lap, they’d probably be staring at another 1-15 season. You don’t get a stopgap unless you’re sure you don’t have your QB of the future….it’s already a lost season, it makes more sense to get your young QB some exposure and experience, and set yourself up for next season and beyond. But he Lions aren’t doing that because they are desperate and stupid.

  5. PGHDON says: Nov 9, 2008 12:17 PM

    Does anyone really care what Chris Carter’s opinion is on anything. If he was so damn good how come he doesn’t have a ring. PREDICITION! He is such an ass that even with his career numbers he won’t get a first ballot into HOF. ( he will get in eventually but not first ballot) How can he be so hypocritical when he was a major pain in the ass to ever coach he played under. Christ Buddy Ryan cutting him and even said (greatest quote in NFL history) “All he does is catch touchdowns”. Sounds like he was a real team player in his heyday.

  6. cynicalv says: Nov 9, 2008 12:32 PM

    Lions will win today.

  7. BuckFutter says: Nov 9, 2008 12:36 PM

    “PGHDON says:
    November 9th, 2008 at 12:17 pm
    Does anyone really care what Chris Carter’s opinion is on anything. If he was so damn good how come he doesn’t have a ring. ”
    Because he only played wide receiver. At no point did he play running back, quarterback, all 5 offensive line positions, defensive line, defensive back, linebacker and kicker (remember 1998?)….what a ludicrously stupid comment.
    Oh, he also wasn’t at any point the coach either.

  8. Patrick says: Nov 9, 2008 12:56 PM

    I’d rather see time split between Stanton and Culpepper…

  9. apanther says: Nov 9, 2008 1:33 PM

    I understand about the future, but do you really think they have a QB that they can develop? They aren’t even close to that. I say use Culpepper to help you evaluate the rest of your team for next year and beyond. Mat Millen messed this team up, and one year, or one veteran QB, regardless of who it is, including Brady, wouldnt save them. They need to build the team via the draft and develop a winning culture. Coach, O-Line, and QB in that order.

  10. BuckFutter says: Nov 9, 2008 1:48 PM

    apanther, You make a good point about evaluating the rest of the team….but Culpepper has been, at best, a below average QB since 2005. He is, at BEST, a marginal upgrade over anyone already on the roster. They haven’t let Stanton touch the ball, so they have no idea what they have in him. They should be evaluating every position, QB included, rather than bringing in a middling player to block Stanton, and retard his development, for the sake of winning a couple games in an already lost season. Worst case, Stanton is terrible and they know they need to draft a QB. Best case, Stanton plays respectably, and they can focus elsewhere in the draft. Culpepper provides the team absolutely nothing in evaluating the future.

  11. PGHDON says: Nov 9, 2008 3:21 PM

    BuckFutter says: Does anyone really care what Chris Carter’s opinion is on anything. If he was so damn good how come he doesn’t have a ring. ”
    Because he only played wide receiver. At no point did he play running back, quarterback, all 5 offensive line positions, defensive line, defensive back, linebacker and kicker (remember 1998?)….what a ludicrously stupid comment.
    Oh, he also wasn’t at any point the coach either.
    Sooooo does that make him less obnoxious. My point being is he was a cancer on any team he played with. his TEAMS didn’t win because of lack of talent but because he was a whiner and crybaby MUCH more than TO ever dreamed.
    BTW…perfect screen name for you.

Leave a Reply

You must be logged in to leave a comment. Not a member? Register now!