Back To The Future: D-Pep Meets The New "Ford" In Detroit Today

Phil HopersbergerCorrespondent IMay 18, 2009

DETROIT - NOVEMBER 23:  Quarterback Daunte Culpepper #11 of the Detroit Lions drops back to pass during the NFL game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Ford Field on November 23, 2008 in Detroit, Michigan.  The Buccaneers defeated the Lions 38-20.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

"Hey, Marty!"

"Uh, it's Matthew."

"Right.  Sorry kid."

Anybody got a spare Flux Capacitor on them?  Cuz' we're going for a space ride.

When Matthew Stafford walks into the Allen Park facility in Detroit this morning, and sees the former Viking QB sitting next to his locker, and he will be sitting next to his locker, what will Daunte say to him?

Welcome to the Lions?

We hope so.  

Boy, do we hope so!

We hope it's cordial and Culpepper is the mentor the Detroit Lions need him to be for the future of the worst franchise in the NFL.

Sigh.  Here we go again.  

Once more...a rebuilding program with a new QB in the Motor City. 

Back to the Future: Part Four.

Today is the first day the rookies meet the veterans in Detroit and Schwartzie gets a chance to see what he's got, and whether the two quarterbacks get along.  Doc Brown will need every gadget he can invent if things go south though.

Matthew will assuredly be respectful, polite, and know his place...millions falling out of his duffel bag or not.

The real issue is D-Pep.  Will he make it easy and not too competitive on the Bulldog puppy?

But if Stafford lights it up over the next few months, you can bet Daunte will fight tooth and claw to prove himself, and steer the Detroit DeLorean out of the O-fer tunnel.  

Culpepper's future depends on it and he knows it. And that can only be a good thing for the Lions' faithful.  

Two leaders scratching for the future means wins, precisely what Schwartzie will be graded on.  And he knows it.

He wants his signal callers fighting it out.  Just not "fighting" it out.

It all depends on that first awkward moment in the locker room.  Let's hope it's very cordial.

If not, hang on tight Lions' fans.  The ride begins today.

Whether it's bumpy or zips along like a jigga-watt injected DeLorean will all be on D-Pep.