Last week I made the statement on NFL Total Access that Eric Mangini needed to pick a QB and tell a little white lie.
The white lie serves two purposes. First, it will build the confidence of the QB chosen as the starter. Second, it builds the confidence of the team in the guy who is the named starter. The lie would consist of telling the starter that he clearly outperformed his competition. Needless to say, Mangini is marching to his own drum.
However, in Detroit Jim Schwartz has subscribed to my theory. Schwartz named Matthew Stafford as the Lions’ starting QB. Schwartz says with a straight face that Stafford outperformed Daunte Culpepper in the preseason. I don’t want to say it is a blatant lie, I consider it a little white lie.
Stafford completed 30 of 55 for 389 yards with one touchdown and four interceptions in the preseason. On the other hand, Culpepper hit on 22 of 34 for 194 yards with one TD and no interceptions.
Truth of the matter is, Culpepper performed better but he is hurt and would be limited in practice. The Lions don’t want to send a gimpy Culpepper out there with rust from limited playing time.
Stafford has shown he has a command of the offense. And yes, he’s made mistakes. But from my seat, those mistakes are more about adjusting to the speed of the pro game. If you look at all the interceptions, there was a receiver in proximity. Stafford has to learn only through reps at game speed what throws he can make. I applaud Schwartz’s decision and, more importantly, I can forgive the little white lie.
What say you?
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