Jon Kitna talked all day while he was healthy and playing and playing poorly, so why would he stop now?
The move effectively ended Kitna's season, and likely his career in Detroit. But while the Lions didn't have much to say on the matter Wednesday -- "That was just our decision," coach Rod Marinelli said -- Kitna expressed his disappointment.
"They decided they want to go in a different direction," Kitna told WJR 760 in an interview. "And I guess the thing for me is, 'That's fine, let's just say that.' "
Instead, Kitna said, the 0-5 Lions are using his back injury -- an MRI last week showed a bulging disc in his lower back -- as an excuse to go with younger quarterbacks Dan Orlovsky and Drew Stanton.
C'mon, Jon. Really?
Did the Lions need a reason other than you being 36 years old and no good? How about the fact that -- no matter what they say about "not giving up on this season" -- everyone and their dog knows that this is a lost season and that it's time to find out what we've got in-house that could contribute next year and beyond.
I get that his biggest problem is how the team handled it, and perhaps he has a point there. But this attitude he has is befuddling considering his career. Kitna walks around like he's infallible, Mr. Seen-it-All, Mr. Inspiriation, the veteran leader that this team needs. I'm not saying the Lions couldn't benefit from a good veteran leader; I'm saying it's not Jon Kitna, and it never has been.
In the end, Kitna's Detroit career is probably over, and I say good riddance. He did the best he could do, and I don't doubt that. It's just that his best is not good enough to start for a good team, save for some kind of defensive juggernaut with a no-mistakes offensive system like the one that got Trent Dilfer to a Super Bowl title.
I'm sure this won't be the last time we hear Kitna complain, but I wish it would be.