The Real Detroit Lions QB Controversy

Derrick DennisContributor ISeptember 27, 2009

DETROIT - NOVEMBER 23:  Quarterback Drew Stanton #5 of the Detroit Lions drops back to pass against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the NFL game at Ford Field on November 23, 2008 in Detroit, Michigan.  The Buccaneers defeated the Lions 38-20.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

You know, when I hear that Daunte Culpepper should be starting, it boggles my mind more and more each time. I mean, call me crazy, but the last time I checked, at the end of this season, Daunte Culpepper's contract ends.

Now, on the other hand, the current starting quarterback, Matthew Stafford is under a very large contract until the end of the 2014 season. Then there is Drew Stanton, who is signed to the Lions until the end of the 2010 season. Where am I going with all of this?

It's quite simple, really. Not only do I think Culpepper shouldn't replace Matthew Stafford, even if Stafford sets the record for interceptions in a game. I don't think Culpepper should get the start if anything were to happen to Matthew Stafford.

What exactly would be the point? The only good that can come out of Culpepper starting is the possibility that he plays well enough to earn himself a few extra dollars from whoever he signs with next year. What could the Lions possibly get out of it, two more wins than they could get by starting Stafford, if that?

As soon as Drew Stanton fully recovers from his injury, Daunte Culpepper should be demoted to third stringer or traded. The worst possible scenario is that we trade Culpepper for some defensive help and then something happens to Stafford.

That means Stanton gets his shot, and if Stanton doesn't play well, so what? The real question is, what if he does? If it were Culpepper going in and playing well or playing horrible, so what? He's gone after this year anyway, but as I said, we have Stanton until the end of 2010.

If Stanton were to play well, then we would now have a young capable backup just in case. We could also dangle him in front of other teams as trade bait. Come on, he was a second-round draft pick and in my scenario would have proven that hes a gamer. His first couple of years were plagued by Mike Martz craziness and injuries and he still hasn't gotten a real shot.

Also, let's not forget that he out shined both Stafford and Culpepper in the preseason.

Mark my words, next season's depth chart at quarterback is going to be Stafford as starter and Stanton as second string anyway. The only thing Culpepper is really doing for this team is taking practice reps away from our eventual backup.

That is besides giving some Lions fans and the media something to complain about when a rookie plays like a rookie. The Lions would be better off if they just traded Culpepper sooner rather than later.

Oh, and just for the record, Brian Billick, NFL Network: "I think coach Schwartz, taking into account the emotional stability of Stafford and his ability to handle the pressure of starting for the Lions, most QBs will tell you that you learn nothing from the bench, and the only way to learn is to play. I agree with that. It depends on the young QB, but Peyton Manning and Troy Aikman had very rough starts, but will tell you specifically they valued playing from the get-go."