I'll make this short and sweet as you are all probably sick of my long fanposts. I've been thinking about the Culpepper situation and why the Lions are making the decisions that they have been lately with the quarterbacks. There's only one consensus that I can come to here. Its that the Lions believe that Culpepper is the long term answer. Nothing else makes sense. I believe that they are grooming him in the offense this year to take over the team next year and beyond. I know that he only signed a two year deal, but contracts mean nothing and mask everything. They probably have already discussed a renegotiation of his contract next year if he wins a game or two this year. If I'm right, that means a couple of things.
- Marinelli and his staff will almost surely be back next year. And I'm talking about coordinators, too. The only "maybe" of the group is whether to replace Colletto with someone more familiar to Culpepper (i.e. Linehan).
- They won't draft a quarterback in this year's draft. At least not a high pick (prior to round 4).
- Danny's gone. Although I don't see many scenerios where he stays anyway, keeping Culpepper assures us that he won't be back.
- There will be absolutely no rush to see Stanton... ever. Like I've said before, aside from an injury situation, Stanton may leave Detroit having never taken a meaningful snap. They may even bring in a second veteran to back Culpepper and keep Stanton as number three. I just think this staff really, truly believes he is a bust.
So those are my thoughts. Am I wrong? Let me know what you think.