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  • #16
    I hope this means Monroe in the first.

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    • #17
      Originally posted by BmoreBlackByrdz View Post
      I hope this means Monroe in the first.
      Doubt it. Even if Pepper is back, he's only a stopgap. QB should be the pick if Stafford is deemed worthy.

      The staff has already said they like Backus too.

      The restructure just pushes Culpeppers bonus back so we can evaluate him more. There is a mini camp in April I believe.

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      • #18
        Originally posted by noondog View Post
        This isn't earth-shattering news by any stretch....exactly what I would expect. Draft Stafford, let him learn from the sidelines for the better part of the season if not the whole season and give him the reigns to the team for 2010. Daunte still has the ability to play some decent football.

        The only thing that I hope is that having Daunte dosen't give the Lions brass a false sense of security and go OT #1 then wait and hope that Sanchez falls to them...
        Can an 0-16 team afford the luxury of a#1 overall pick and 30-40 million riding the pines? I say no way ... If you read how the Culpepper restructerd contract works, they can dump him at a much cheaper cost than before. If it is Stafford he must start.

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        • #19
          Originally posted by SINCE1978 View Post
          Can an 0-16 team afford the luxury of a#1 overall pick and 30-40 million riding the pines? I say no way ... If you read how the Culpepper restructerd contract works, they can dump him at a much cheaper cost than before. If it is Stafford he must start.
          Can an 0-16 allow a rookie QB who they invest 30-40 million in, to get killed next year by starting him? Stafford is NOT a must start for next year if he is drafted. If they draft him (I'm not 100% behind drafting him), they should do so with the intention of slowly grooming him to take over the team when he and the offense are ready.

          How many rookies have been able to take over a BAD team in their first year and have CAREER SUCCESS? I can only think of Aikman and Manning in recent years. To me Ryan and Flacco don't count because they had good teams that didn't depend on them win games.

          I look at guys like Couch and Carr who had potential, got rocked (especially Carr who got sacked 76 times in one year) and got their careers ruined. If a team was built around them first, they might have fared better.

          Let a veteran (culpepper I suppose) steer the ship and move the rookie into place when ready.

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          • #20
            Originally posted by tblain1 View Post
            Can an 0-16 allow a rookie QB who they invest 30-40 million in, to get killed next year by starting him? Stafford is NOT a must start for next year if he is drafted. If they draft him (I'm not 100% behind drafting him), they should do so with the intention of slowly grooming him to take over the team when he and the offense are ready.

            How many rookies have been able to take over a BAD team in their first year and have CAREER SUCCESS? I can only think of Aikman and Manning in recent years. To me Ryan and Flacco don't count because they had good teams that didn't depend on them win games.

            I look at guys like Couch and Carr who had potential, got rocked (especially Carr who got sacked 76 times in one year) and got their careers ruined. If a team was built around them first, they might have fared better.

            Let a veteran (culpepper I suppose) steer the ship and move the rookie into place when ready.
            It all depends on 2 things. Staffords ability to pick up the play book so he won't get killed and Staffords ability to read defenses and release the ball quickly. If the coaches deem he can do that and not hurt himself, then he could play right away. Success could happen at least offensiviely, defensivley we will still stink and thus lose a lot of games.


            And as for Aikman, he went 1-15 and got killed his first year. Early playing time is beneficial for some, not beneficial for others. And as for Carr, he wasn't ruined because of his Oline. He just isn't as good as everyone though. He has the build, but mentally he couldn't grasp it. Coaches, Oline and Carrs fault.

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            • #21
              If Stafford is draftrf, i expect him not to play for 2-4 games. As soon as Stafford gets the play book and has some chemistry with Calvin Johnson, i expect Stafford to start after the 3rd or 4th game of the season. Culpepper will be calling in plays from the sideline.

              Watch how nice Stafford spiral is here:

              http://www.nfl.com/combine/videos/fe...000d5d80ed2750

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              • #22
                Originally posted by 5 Fingers of Death View Post
                If Stafford is draftrf, i expect him not to play for 2-4 games. As soon as Stafford gets the play book and has some chemistry with Calvin Johnson, i expect Stafford to start after the 3rd or 4th game of the season. Culpepper will be calling in plays from the sideline.

                Watch how nice Stafford spiral is here:

                http://www.nfl.com/combine/videos/fe...000d5d80ed2750
                I really hope every QB in the draft has a tight spiral by this point, otherwise why bother. If Stafford is in by game 3... then I dunno. Maybe I'll put him in my prayers.

                With regards to the original topic, Furbiscuit saying Culpepper has been given the starting job, I would take Jim Schwartz pretty close to his word when he says:

                "You guys keep on putting the cart before the horse. You're wanting to know if we promised the starting position to (Dante) Culpepper. From my standpoint it's like, jeez, could anything be a worse decision then promising a player that I've never seen practice, that I have no sort of relationship, promising somebody a starting position? We need guys to compete."
                From the following article:
                http://detnews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/art...902190446/1126

                Its what I like to hear, and what you would expect from a coach in his first year with the team. Too many times, I've seen Lovey Smith handcuff himself to a QB and say things like "Rex is our guy," until Rex proves for the 80th time that he is not THE guy. I just hope if Schwartz lasts more than a few years here, he is as open minded about competition for the QB position in year 3 and 4 as he is in year 1.

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