Column: No More Excuses For Batch

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Adrian Donofrio -

The announcement has been made, and Charlie Batch is THE quarterback for the Detroit Lions. Again.

There are no more excuses. Heading into the season, Charlie may have felt some insecurities about his starting position. But watching Ty Detmer play certainly helped his self esteem.

However, Head Coach Marty Mornhinweg says he will stay with Batch "..through thick and thin." Nobody doubts that, considering he stayed with Ty Detmer as he threw 7 interceptions. On accident.

Anyone close to the organization, though, knew this would happen. Batch would eventually get his starting job back. How else would he prove himself? Certainly not in the first game.

The surprising benching was probably to ignite the fire within Charlie, to inspire him. Mornhinweg is hoping it works for Batch as is did for San Francisco 49er Pro Bowl Quarterback Jeff Garcia.

So Charlie will play -- and start -- the rest of the season, barring injury. This is where both Head Coach and Quarterback must prove themselves. Batch must prove that he is the Quarterback that everyone thought he was when he was drafted. Mornhinweg must prove that he is a man of his word. He says he will stay with Batch. Through thick and thin. Will Marty be more patient with Charlie's mistakes? He's got to. A lot of players and even more fans have lost their sense of credibility with Mornhinweg already.

Mornhinweg stated that he didn't want a "quarterback circus." That's definitely what it has been so far. Batch must prove that he is the quarterback of the present, as rookie hotshot Mike McMahon is developing quite nicely, according to the coach.

Will Batch prove himself to one half of the fans, that he is indeed a high quality QB, or will he prove to the other half of the fans that he is, indeed, incumbent? He's got the year to do it. And he's got a long road ahead of him.

And now there are no excuses.

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