He's Back: Lions Reinstate Batch As Starter

"We are sticking with Charlie through thick and thin." Those were the sentiments of Lions' head coach Marty Mornhinweg, who on Wednesday, announced during a media briefing that four year quarterback Charlie Batch would reclaim the Lions' starting quarterback position. Batch's shortlived successor, Ty Detmer, proved to be inadequate as a replacement.

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"We are sticking with Charlie through thick and thin."

Those were the sentiments of Lions' head coach Marty Mornhinweg, who on Wednesday, announced four year quarterback Charlie Batch would reclaim the Lions' starting quarterback position.

Batch initially lost the starting job to Ty Detmer following a dismal opening day peformance at Green Bay. However, after Detmer proved to be an inadequate replacement in six quarters of action, Batch regained the job temporarily in the 3rd period of Monday's loss to the Rams.

The temporary tag was lifted on Wednesday.

"Charlie is the guy," Mornhinweg said during a media briefing. "He will not look back and he will not look over his shoulder. This team and this organization will be behind him 100 percent."

Mornhinweg's decision to bench Batch backfired, after his replacement, Detmer, played poorly in both games that that he saw action. After a Detmer miscue put the Lions into a 21-0 hole entering halftime on Monday night, Mornhinweg relegated the duties back to Batch.

The initial decision to bench Batch was criticized through the media, and didn't sit well with several members of the ball club, mainly for promoting a quarterback that had been with the Lions for just one week, and demoting a respected starter after one bad week. That was widely apparent after Lions' players seemed more enthusiastic in the second half with Batch at the helm.

Mornhinweg defended his decision, and still does, citing that he felt comfortable with Detmer due to his West Coast offense experience. He admitted that he sat Batch due to the Lions' opening weekend loss.

"We had a man (Detmer) that I trusted -- and I still trust -- with an exceptional amount of time in this offense," said Mornhinweg. "That didn't work."

In his six quarters of action, Batch has thrown for 389 yards on 31 of 55 attempts (56.4%), tossing three interceptions with no touchdowns. Detmer, meanwhile, has tossed for 361 yards, completing 37 of 60 attempts, including eight interceptions and one touchdown. Detmer's interception percentage is an unreal, and equally pitiable, 13%.

"I am excited," Batch said Wednesday. "This has been frustrating because we have been able to move the ball, but we haven't put any points on the board."

Batch will have that opportunity next Sunday, when the Lions travel to face division rival Minnesota.


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