Mornhinweg Makes (Another) Spineless Decision

COLUMN: Monday's benching of Charlie Batch not only demonstrated M & M's heedless and careless decision making, but outlined an egotistical attitude the two have displayed since Millen anointed Mornhinweg head coach. In fact, it took place before that.

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Nate Caminata - LionsFans.com

Alright, I've witnessed enough.

And I'm not describing the pathetic play of the Detroit Lions following their week one loss to the Packers, I'm referring to the dictatorship that Matt Millen and Marty Mornhinweg have laid onto this club.

The madness must stop.

Monday's benching of Charlie Batch not only demonstrated M & M's heedless and careless decision making, but outlined an egotistical attitude the two have displayed since Millen anointed Mornhinweg head coach. In fact, it took place before that.

It took place when Millen fired the Lions' equipment manager, who was with the ball club for nearly two decades. It took place when Mornhinweg left a training camp practice prematurely, and sped off on his motorcycle. Perhaps next time Mornhinweg should consider the fans who were in attendance -- they also happen to pay for his salary.

Besides, judging from Sunday's performance, they could've used the extra practice time.

It also took place when the Lions' organization decided to air those silly, stupid commercials on the ball club's "new attitude." The inaugural (and last) season of "My Mother The Car" was more entertaining. New attitude? Try Vanity.

Millen and Mornhinweg came in to replace a system that couldn't field a winning product. Not to replace the class and history the organization has behind it.

Initially, this introduction was a novelty. Now it has become ludicrous. If the Lions' staff is looking to re-route toward winning ways, they've already made a wrong turn. And their professional appearance is everything short of classy.

Prior to Batch's removal -- and the Lions' contest on Sunday -- Mornhinweg released starting defensive tackle James Jones. The release prevented Jones from earning a large portion of his paycheck, and handed the Lions a void on the defensive line. It makes one wonder whether or not Jones' release had any correlation with the Packers' ability to rush for almost 180 yards.

But Batch's benching takes the cake.

Perhaps Charlie Batch was only heralded because his predecessor, Scott Mitchell, had every Lions' fan and critic pleading for a replacement. We would've probably been happy with, well ... Ty Detmer, for starters. No pun intended.

But sitting a quarterback that is attempting to prove himself worthy of the role, following an injury-riddled past, is not only unethical, but down right cynical. Granted, Batch's performance at Green Bay wasn't exactly reassuring, but Mornhinweg never furnished Batch with a chance.

The poor weather at Green Bay's Lambeau Field, combined with the fact that Detroit's offensive line (vastly improved from last-season according to Millen) couldn't prevent a toddler from reaching Batch, didn't aid the situation.

Regardless, it's Mornhinweg's decision, and the entire team will have to live with it. Perhaps he'll prove himself a genius.

Maybe Marty Mornhinweg is counting on Ty Detmer becoming his version of Brett Favre. If he doesn't, Marty won't sweat it.

He'll have his motorcycle waiting.


Ed.


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