Matthew Stafford(notes) won the Lions’ quarterback derby. Daunte Culpepper(notes) didn’t lose the job.
That’s what Detroit’s new coach, Jim Schwartz, emphasized Monday when he made the No. 1 overall draft pick the starter for Sunday in New Orleans, when the Lions try to win for the first time in 21 months.
“I’ve had a lot of very tough decisions in the last few days—guys making the 53-man roster or not making it—but none more difficult than at quarterback,” he said. “We announced to our team this morning that Matt Stafford is going to be our starting quarterback.”
With Detroit naming Stafford starting QB and the Jets naming Sanchez the starter, it brings up the important question of whether or not you should start a rookie QB?
Personally I think you need to look at what you have around the player when making this decision. You would like each one to turn into Flacco or Ryan but unfortunately for every success there is a failure like David Carr. I like what the Bengals did with Palmer in letting him watch for a year behind Kitna.