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Thursday open thread: Do you approve of the Lions signing QB Matt Cassel?

What do you think of the Lions adding another backup quarterback?

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The Detroit Lions have yet to make the signing of veteran quarterback Matt Cassel official, but it has now been confirmed by both NFL Network and ESPN.

We’ve yet to hear the length or any terms of Cassel’s deal, but the signing has already invoked plenty of different emotions, as evidenced by the near 200 comments on the article announcing the news of the Lions’ intentions of signing Cassel.

That’s to be expected. For whatever reason, people love to argue and debate about backup quarterbacks, even if the Lions haven’t had to truly rely on their backup quarterback in eight years.

But that isn’t to say the backup job isn’t ever important. A backup quarterback just won the Super Bowl. Another backup quarterback took his team to the NFC Championship game. Injuries happen, and a good backup can keep a decent team’s head afloat.

So today’s Question of the Day is:

Do you approve of the Lions intending to sign Matt Cassel?

My answer: While it’s hard to concretely answer this question without knowing the terms and the length of the deal, I have very little issue with the Lions bringing in Cassel to compete for the backup job. While I don’t have a ton of confidence in Cassel as a player himself, I have even less confidence in current backup Jake Rudock.

When Rudock joined the team as a sixth-round draft pick in 2016, it was clear he was a bit in over his head early on. He looked poor in his first preseason and head coach Jim Caldwell even noted how far away he was. While he looked better in the preseason last year, he ultimately regressed once he had his one, brief shot at regular season time.

And adding Cassel doesn’t mean that Rudock’s time in Detroit is done. It’s likely they’ll both get a fair chance to win the backup job, and just because Cassel has experience with both Bob Quinn and Matt Patricia doesn’t mean the job is his to lose. Remember, Quinn also signed former Patriots running back Stevan Ridley during one free agency, and the veteran tailback never ended up making the team. The very same scenario could play out with Cassel.

Overall, a backup quarterback signing is never going to move the needle much for me. Sure, a backup quarterback could eventually lead the team to glory, but that’s going to have a lot more to do with the supporting cast around him. So this minor signing doesn’t disappoint me in any way, but it doesn’t really impress me, either.

Your turn.


Do you approve of the Lions signing Matt Cassel?

This poll is closed

  • 50%
    (756 votes)
  • 19%
    (284 votes)
  • 30%
    I don’t care
    (454 votes)
1494 votes total Vote Now

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