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Sunday Notes: Daunte Culpepper Breaks Silence on Not Starting on Thanksgiving

  • Prior to the Thanksgiving game, Daunte Culpepper had what appeared to be an interesting conversation with Martin Mayhew about the fact that Matthew Stafford was starting.  Everybody, including Culpepper, assumed that Stafford would be out and Culpepper would get the start against Green Bay.  That obviously excited Culpepper not only because he was expecting to get a chance to play, but also because that chance was going to come on a national stage, allowing him to show what he's got to the rest of the league.  Well, we all know what happened instead.  Stafford started, and Culpepper was visibly upset over that decision.
    Asked if there was a communication issue on gameday, Culpepper said Friday, "I mean, clearly it was. But, hey, it is what it is."

    "I want to just let you know this: There was no issue between Martin and I," said Culpepper, who'll be the No. 2 quarterback again Sunday at Cincinnati. "That's all I'm going to say. Me and Martin had no problem at all. We didn't argue one bit. It's as simple as that. Anything else, it is what it is. But Martin and I didn't have any problem."

    As for any lingering problems with the coaching staff, Culpepper said, "I ain't got nothin' to say about it. But it was handled. The situation was handled. And I'm moving on."
    I really don't have much of an opinion about how Culpepper reacted to finding out that Stafford was going to start instead of him.  On the one hand, Culpepper should know by now that his role on the team is to be Matthew Stafford's backup, and any issue he had with not getting to start should be kept to himself and not shown on national TV.  Then again, on the other hand, if I were in Culpepper's shoes I would have been pissed off as well.  All signs pointed to him getting the start, but when gameday arrived Stafford was ready to play.  I don't know if I would have basically pouted on the sideline during warmups, but I can understand why Culpepper was upset.

    I guess for me I really don't care about Culpepper's reaction one way or another because there's no question that this is Stafford's team, so it's really a non-issue.  I suppose I would prefer for a veteran like Culpepper to keep his frustrations on the inside rather than let them be shown in front of a national audience, but like I said, I really don't care. 
  • Stephen Peterman hates being injured because he doesn't like not being around the game of football.
  • Here's a depressing stat via John Niyo: In their last 9 games after Thanksgiving, the Lions have a record of 1-8.  Ouch.
  • Gunther Cunningham is not a fan of the spread-style of offense from college that is slowly making its way to the NFL.
  • As a FanPost pointed out, Drew Stanton was named the Lions' Man of the Year for 2009.
  • Grady Jackson's brother, Javorris Jackson, has been found guilty of second-degree murder.
  • The Bengals ended up selling out today's game.

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