The decisions bring a halt to the contentious discussions on talk shows and chat room regarding who would be the starter and it sends a signal to the current players that Harrington is still the leader of the offense.
Lions head coach Steve Mariucci said that he decided to go with Harrington after considering all the factors. We tried to take everything into consideration. Too many things to go into but we just wanted to stay on course and continue to improve both he and Mike and everybody else on this team for that matter. Were full speed ahead in that direction and, by the way, we had maybe our best practice of the season today.
Mariucci said that more went into the decision than just Harringtons poor performance in the Dallas game.
"Ive got to take more into consideration than just the last game in making any snap decisions. Ive got to take a lot of things into consideration: practice, meetings, past performance, health, potential everything. The decision that we made was to continue with the depth that we have and make it better.
While the position is settled for now, Mariucci reserved the right to change quarterback in the future if the situation warrants.
Weve got 10 games left. Weve got a long season out in front of us. Weve got a lot of things to work through and work with and so I try to keep it in the here and now and try to do what we think is best for right now. If thats for the season or if thats for the future then so be it but right now Im concerned with the Chicago Bears game and trying to get ready to win this game. I just felt that at this point and time we should continue with what our plan has been.
Harrington, for his part, was overjoyed at the decision.
I feel great. I feel very good and it was a good phone call to receive last night but it doesnt change anything. We still have to go win this weekend. It was tough not knowing (whether he would start on Sunday) but like I said on Monday it didnt change anything and I still went about it the same way I do every other week. I was in on Monday, I was in on Tuesday and my preparation has been the same so there really hasnt been too much of a deviation from the regular work week.
Meanwhile, Detroit made the decision to reactive Luther Elliss off the PUP list meaning he has a 21-day period to rehabilitate. At the end of the 21 days, Detroit must either activate Elliss or put him on the injured reserve list, ending his season.
I visited with Luther Elliss and Im hoping to get him started practicing in pads so he can participate in this kind of a thing. Hes anxious. Corey Harris didnt practice today because hes got a strained neck. It felt better than yesterday but not well enough to practice today. It was a real physical practice. Jimmy Wyrick sat out, Az- Hakim was kind of working going through the practice but his shoulder is pretty sore. Stockar McDougle did not practice because of his shoulder. Hopefully hell go tomorrow.
Elliss could be activated to the roster as early as this weekend, but unless there is an injury or a huge drop off in play for one of the current linemen, Elliss will likely not be activated until Detroits road trip to Seattle if at all this season.