- Sunday morning, Mike Furrey was interviewed on Sirius NFL Radio and apparently said that the Lions' quarterbacks have been told that Daunte Culpepper will be the starter in 2009. Though this doesn't sound unrealistic considering Culpepper has previous connections with offensive coordinator Scott Linehan, it's only February. I would hope that the coaches wouldn't name a starter until they actually go through training camp, as handing the job to Culpepper wouldn't exactly send a very good message to the fans.
Although the Lions didn't directly deny Furrey's claim, Tom Kowalski reported on Sunday afternoon that a source said the "team is still exploring its options." This isn't surprising, as the Lions don't want it to become public knowledge if they have already named a starter -- both for draft and publicity reasons.
For the draft, the Lions want the impression to be that they will pick a quarterback. That leaves the door open for a possible trade, though that scenario is unlikely. Even so, it is necessary to keep all possible options open, and the only way to do that is by creating the idea that a QB will be drafted.
For publicity reasons, a good way to piss off fans is by naming Culpepper the starter without having an actual competition. Dan Orlovsky probably won't be back and I'm starting to think Jon Kitna will be released, but having no competition would be an absolute joke. I don't think much of Drew Stanton, but give the guy a chance to show what he's got.
Personally, I believe there is some truth to what Furrey said, but I don't doubt some information wasn't completely accurate. That's not to say Furrey was lying, but I'm guessing things were misinterpreted. The Lions unsurprisingly leaked out to Kowalski that Culpepper hasn't been named the starter, as they don't want that kind of information, regardless of whether or not it is true, to become public knowledge.
- The Falcons have put Mike Vick on the trading block, and the Lions thankfully have no interest in him. This is very relieving to hear, as many suggested that Vick could land in Detroit if he returns to the NFL. The speculation wasn't based on anything other than the fact that the Lions need a QB, but it was still a scary thought nonetheless. Vick was overrated as a quarterback and is an awful human being. If he ended up in Detroit, there would have been backlash, to say the least.
- The NFL Combine gets underway this week, with the event officially starting on Wednesday. Workouts don't begin until Saturday, but I'm sure there will be plenty to talk about until then, as the media will get access to the 300+ players once they arrive in Indy.