Fans at Ford Field gave a loud cheer when Matthew Stafford was introduced as the Lions’ starting quarterback today.
But one person in the stadium wasn’t cheering: Lions backup quarterback Daunte Culpepper, who did all the work with the first-string offense all week and got to the
stadium this morning thinking he was going to start.
Fox sideline reporter Pam Oliver said Culpepper didn’t take the news that Stafford was starting well, and that he told her, “You know what, Pam? I don’t even want to talk about it.”
Lions General Manager Martin Mayhew appeared to be lecturing Culpepper
on the sideline, and Culpepper was shown on TV looking rather unhappy
and sitting by himself on the bench.
Culpepper has started two games for the Lions this year, completing 56.5 percent of his passes, with one touchdown and two interceptions.