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Justin Vanfulpen - LionsFans.com
PONTIAC - The message that Marty Mornhinweg has sent to his team is that more is better. Two quarterbacks have started for the Detroit Lions this season and one threw 2 interceptions and the other threw 7 interceptions, the one that threw 7 picks gets to start for the Lions next game.
"Neither one of them played up to standards. I have evaluated the film. We will go on about our business with Ty," said Mornhinweg.
So that tells everyone that the more mistakes you make, the more chances you will get to make even more. Well, the season is not lost yet, but it is on life support. True, there are 14 more games to go and the Lions could turn everything around and make a run at the playoffs, but that is highly unlikely.
"I believe in this football team, we can get it done. It's not a situation where our players aren't good enough," said Mornhinweg.
Well, if you take a look at the quarterback spot it can tell the whole story. Ty Detmer, who has played in the West Coast offense for 7 years, was supposed to be able to move the Lions up and down the field. It seems alll those 7 years of experience did was allow him to throw 7 interceptions, one for every year in the offense.
"The passing game, that is not where it needs to be. Here are little things in each play that we must get better at. There are certain individuals that are doing things in a manner that it just cannot be done," Mornhinweg said.
Wouldn't that be Detmer, on Sunday?
But there was no way that Marty Mornhinweg could put Batch back in, because if he did that he would be admitting that he made a mistake and Mornhinweg is to proud to do that, so everyone knew he would stick with Detmer. If the Lions come out and beat the Rams on Monday night October 8, then people will be singing a different tune, but it doesn't answer the question of what will happen after this season is over.
Detmer is not the answer. He has had 7 years in the offense and couldn't beat the Browns or even make the correct decisions as where to throw the ball, plus he is to old and lacks the physical abilities. Mornhinweg won't allow anyone to see if Batch could be the answer, even when Mornhinweg mentor Bill Walsh has said publicly that Batch could be a very good quarterback. Doesn't Mornhinweg remember when Brett Farve was terrible, throwing more interceptions then touchdowns passes? But the Packers stuck with him threw the bad time and then there were great times, which lead to Super Bowls and MVP titles.
So if Batch and Detmer are not the answer, then who is? Mike McMahon? Or do you use your first pick in Aprils draft to take a quarterback?
Well, let's first take a look at some quarterbacks that are in the NFL right know before we look at the 2002 NFL draft. Some of these quarterbacks have been on the trading block before and the Lions might be able to trade for these quarterbacks, or they could get cut just like it looks like Batch will at the end of the season or July 1 st.
1. Jake Plummer, Arizona - Plummer got a big contract like Batch and hasn't produced he will make $ 4 million this year and $ 5.7 million next year, but if he doesn't turn it around he could be out of a job because of his big contract. He would be a project but he has all the tools to fit in the West Coast offense, with his ability to move around and has a strong arm. There has been some talk about him in the Silverdome office, so keep a watch on this one.
2. Cade McNown, Miami - The Lions talked with Chicago when they wanted to trade him, but the Bears didn't want to trade him to anyone in the NFC Central. With the way Jay Fiedler has played in the first two weeks of the season he looks like he is firmly entrenched with the starting job and they have Ray Lucas as their back up. So McNown could still be heading to Detroit.
3. Tim Rattay, San Francisco - This is another quarterback that the Lions tried in the past to trade for, but it didn't happen. The Lions will again be having talks with the 49ers for this former 7th round draft choice at least in the off-season if not sooner.
4. Akili Smith, Cincinnati - Smith has all the tools and there was a chance that he would have gone number one in the NFL draft three years ago, but he hasn't lived up to his hype. He would be a project but, most of the quarterbacks that the Lions are going to be able to get are going to be.
5. Brock Huard, Seattle - Huard knows the West Coast offense and has some ability but needs to show the ability to stay healthy. Last season in his limited action had a quarterback rating of 76.8 and threw for 3 touchdowns and only 2 interceptions.