The Quarterback controversy continues, as Detroit Lions coaches Steve Mariucci and Mike Martz have just announced that they will start veteran QB Daunte Culpepper for their upcoming preseason game against the Indianapolis Colts this Saturday. “We’re going to do what’s best for our club,” said Schwartz. “We’re going to do what’s best for the guy that we drafted, not what somebody outside of the building says and not what worked best for another player. Every player is different.” The guy they drafted is Matthew Stafford; the first overall pick in the 2009 NFL Draft fresh out of the University of Georgia.
Colts franchise-player Peyton Manning threw his two cents in the other day, saying Stafford will reach full potential only through getting time on the field. Culpepper is planned to finish up into the second quarter before Stafford takes over. “As a competitor, I always want to play,” said Stafford. “But I’m ready to do whatever they want me to do.”
The Lions are scheduled to take on the Buffalo Bills for their last preseason game before squaring off against the New Orleans Saints at the Louisiana Superdome on Sunday, September 13th. Their home opener will be against the Minnesota Vikings (Culpepper’s former team) the following week on September 20th. The Vikings are currently in somewhat of a controversy themselves between quarterbacks Brett Favre and Tavaris Jackson. Head coach Brad Childress has named Favre as the assumed starter, despite the locker rooms divided opinions in regards to what’s best for the team.
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