Brad Childress isn't talking about his quarterback decision, which means he has the Lions guessing, or at least giving it some thought as they prepare for their meeting with Childress and his Vikings on Sunday.
The suspense began after the Vikings' 23-13 loss to Chicago, a game in which starting quarterback Brad Johnson threw four interceptions. Childress replaced Johnson with backup Brooks Bollinger, who played until he suffered a shoulder injury, and rookie Tarvaris Jackson took over.
Childress indicated he probably would wait until as late as possible in the week for whatever competitive advantage it might provide to keep the Lions guessing on the Minnesota quarterback situation.
With the Vikings still on the fringe of playoff competition, with Bollinger hurt and with Jackson lacking experience, it is generally assumed that Childress will return Johnson to the starting job, with the hope of extending Minnesota's winning streak to 10 straight over the Lions.
Lions coach Rod Marinelli was asked if he is anticipating one quarterback over the other.
"I couldn't even tell you," he said. "We're just going to get down and prepare, and if the other guy comes in, we're going to play the same defenses anyway.
"The biggest thing in any of these games right now is to make sure we're doing the things that we do on defense extremely well -- our disguises, what our blitz is -- and our biggest problem is that we don't execute. It's not about who's at the quarterback, it's our execution.
"One guy can be a little more mobile, but Brad is tough, the way he steps in. People think he's not ... overly mobile, but just like (Tom) Brady, they work up in the pocket. Those are the guys that are tough to me."