Just hours after we posed the question whether Jake Rudock would be the Detroit Lions backup of the future, the current backup confirmed the hypothesis. On an interview with SiriusXM, Dan Orlovsky said that the Lions told him he will no longer be the team’s backup:
"Lions let me know they're going in a different direction w/ Jake Rudock as back-up to Matthew." FA QB @danorlovsky7 on @SiriusXMNFL.— Ross Tucker (@RossTuckerNFL) February 16, 2017
Last week Orlovsky, who will be an unrestricted free agent on March 9, tweeted out a cryptic message that seemed to announce his time in Detroit is done. Orlovsky said of Detroit in the tweet, “It will always be where it started for me. It’ll always have a piece of my heart.”
The future for Orlovsky is unknown at this point, but in the past he has expressed interest in becoming part of a coaching staff. As luck would have it, Randy Edsall, who was part of the Lions’ staff last year, was announced as the head coach of Orlovsky’s alma mater UConn just a few months ago. When asked if he had ever talked to Edsall about a coaching career, Orlovsky admitted, “He knows where I stand.”
As for Rudock, it appears the backup job is indeed his to lose. The Lions will likely bring in competition for him during the offseason, either in the form of a veteran backup or another youngster to compete, but at this point Rudock is officially the team’s backup quarterback.