Stafford To Start Week One?

During a Monday morning spot on Sporting News Radio, the topic came up regarding whether rookie quarterback Matthew Stafford will win the training-camp battle with Daunte Culpepper for the starting job.

But it likely won’t come to that.  We should all expect to hear in the near future that Stafford will occupy the top spot on the depth chart entering camp.

The reason is simple — in order to get Stafford ready, he needs to get most if not all of the practice and preseason reps with the starting offense.  If Stafford and Culpepper are battling it out, Stafford will lose valuable opportunities to prepare for live action in September.

Tom Kowalski of Mlive.com has an item that corroborates this view.  Per Kowalski, “The Lions are now very confident that Stafford will be ready for the start of the regular season.”

Though there’s still a chance that Stafford and Culpepper will enter training camp sharing the snaps, we think that the competition won’t last long.  One year after the two first-round rookie quarterbacks led bad teams to the playoffs and the Lions were worse than any bad team ever has been, the franchise didn’t spent all that money on a potential franchise quarterback in the hopes that he’ll become the next Brady Quinn — or that Culpepper will become the next Derek Anderson.

Let’s put it this way.  If the kid who went to the same high school as Bobby Layne isn’t the starter for most if not all of the 2009 season, then the kavorka that Layne put on the Lions might end up lasting longer than its intended 50 years. 

17 responses to “Stafford To Start Week One?

  1. if it doesn’t work out they can always add first round receivers for next 5 years.

  2. This has been the smart choice from day one. Culpepper’s average passer rating’s been hovering around the Kordoza line since the first term of the second Bush–if Stafford doesn’t walk into training camp as the most effective quarterback, he wasn’t worth the #1 overall pick. Moreover, Stafford appears to be blessed with both the confidence and the humility to handle the pressure of walking in as the savior of an awful team, a la Manning and Aikman. Letting him chill out on the bench while Daunte sucks it up will only hamper that confidence.
    Bottom line: the money alone means it’s his job, and his team. If it’s only going to be a matter of weeks, just end the charade and let the kid run with the ones all summer. Dump Duante, sign a steadier graybeard to mentor both him and Stanton, and usher in the new era of Lions football.
    Peace
    Ty @ The Lions in Winter

  3. This kid will end up on his back all season or running for his life like David Carr!

  4. You’ve gotta love the Lions, especially the large banner on their homepage offering fans the chance to relive every one of their games last season in HD. Nothing like driving the agony of an 0-16 season home to the fan base.

  5. If he is to have any success at all, the offense is going to have to be built around the running game.

  6. Haha yea dude that’s pretty funny. You are one witty character. No one has ever said anything like that before. It’s cool though at least the lions have receivers unlike those bears. We don’t have to convert corners just to have a #1 receiver. But hey to each his own if the bears wanna throw away the future for Cutler (lol) then you go ahead and be proud of that. Just keep up those original jokes of yours and keep yourself laughing through the tough times ahead for your bears.
    Oh I just thought of a funny one too. Ok tell me if this is as good as yours. If it doesn’t work out for the bears they can always draft Cade Mcnown again. Hahaha hows that.

  7. # HarrisonHits says: July 6, 2009 2:14 PM
    You’ve gotta love the Lions, especially the large banner on their homepage offering fans the chance to relive every one of their games last season in HD. Nothing like driving the agony of an 0-16 season home to the fan base.

  8. “the kavorka that Layne put on the Lions”
    Kavorka – The lure of the animal. To be wanted and possessed by someone.
    Really?? You might need to brush up on your Seinfeld quotes Florio if you insist on using them so much.

  9. Hopefully Jared Allen puts a helmet in his spine and ends his career the first time they play. Seems silly to stick this young guy out there, with the worst team in football history, to get his ass handed to him.

  10. I’ve never liked the idea of throwing in a rookie QB behind center from week 1 and expecting very much. If the offense is very run-heavy and the defense is stout, it might work. Otherwise, it takes a very talented and poised football player to live up to the expectations of what a starting NFL QB should be. There are some such as the mannings, aikmans, and matt ryans of the world, but they are far and few in between.

  11. Joe M–
    Curious why you think so. For starters, for the first time in years, the Lions’ bye isn’t week 4–it’s Week 8. The Lions are almost certainly going to be no better than 2-6 at that point, given the schedule. Culpepper’s on a one-year deal and has no hope of extension . . . why give the big dude all those precious first-team reps, when you know he’s not going to last more than a few weeks as the starter, and you know you’re not going to be in contention? I just don’t get it.
    Peace
    Ty @ The Lions in Winter
    http://thelionsinwinter.blogspot.com

  12. The trouble with starting a rookie is they develop bad habits.
    No one works on their mechanics much or coaching because much of the time is devoted to the playbook and executing plays.
    Some guys can handle the ressure of learning and some cannot.
    However,
    I would suspect the weary Lions fans would give him the benefit of the doubt being the first nonMillen pick.
    From a coach’s and owner’s point of view fans will be more forgiving of a rookie’s INT’s and misreads than they will of all the turnovers by Fumblepepper.

  13. “We should all expect to hear in the near future that Stafford will occupy the top spot on the depth chart entering camp.”
    If this happens, wont Staffaord get the least snaps by only being out there for the first few series? He shouls start the season as the back up to get the most snaps IMO.

  14. “Hopefully Jared Allen puts a helmet in his spine and ends his career the first time they play.”
    Hopefully?
    Well then, hopefully Gosder finishes the job on that dirty SOB.
    Good thing Schwartz holds the offensive key to confusing Jared Allen: make the snap count greater than two. Because the mullet head can’t count any higher.
    That, or fine him into the red so he starts playing clean for a change.

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