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.