Peter King: Stafford favorite to win "arms race"

Monday, June 1, 2009

Peter King of, in his weekly "Monday Morning Quarterback" article, is reporting that the coaches are swooning over Stafford's OTA performances.  Moreover, given the amount of money the Lions have already invested in Stafford, and the suddenly empty seats in Ford Field, starting Stafford is not an "if" but a "when"--and it's looking like "when" will be sooner rather than later.

King questions the wisdom of putting Stafford in early against the Lions' brutal early schedule; of course the debate about when to start a rookie quarterback is always intense and divisive.  Stafford, however, has all the hallmarks of a start-him-early quarterback: elite arm, three-year starter at a power program, unflappably confident--yet not cocky.  If he is not right now a better quarterback than Duante Culpepper, then he'll likely never be worth the contract he's signed.  It makes littler sense to revamp the entire franchise from the top (President, GM, Head Coach) to the bottom (logo, uniforms)--and then have the face of the franchise be the washed-up stopgap from 0-16.

Discuss it here, in The Den!