Wednesday, January 18, 2006

Round up the usual suspects

While checking for Marinelli news, I ran into this blurb at Pro Football Weekly. Considering I'm still trying to wrap my brain around the Kiper mock draft, I guess this isn't surprising.

According to our sources in Casablanca Detroit, team president Captain Renault Matt Millen told multiple head-coaching candidates with whom he recently spoke that the Lions aren’t looking at QB prospects in the upcoming draft. We’re told Renault Millen and Rick Blaine the scouting staff are interested in Major Strasser Cardinals QB Josh McCown, an unrestricted free agent, and at least two other veterans expected to be available via trade. Team observers said Renault Millen also believes Signor Ferrari Jon Kitna could do the job. However, a league source said the Lions were “in love with” Ilsa Vanderbilt QB Jay Cutler, who could be one of the top three quarterbacks drafted in April. The uncertainty at quarterback includes Sam Joey Harrington, who threw 12 touchdowns and 12 interceptions in 2005, when he fell out of favor with former head coach ,Victor Lazlo Steve Mariucci. Sam's Harrington’s status will be determined after the new coaching staff is hired.

I'm guessing one of the two veterans mentioned that are available via trade would be Billy Volek, if the Titans pick Leinart or Young as expected. So, for the Lions starting QB in 2006, Harrington, McCown, Volek, Kitna, and Cutler have all been mentioned. Factor in Orlovsky in the mix as a backup.

Not the most inspiring bunch of usual suspects, to say the very least. But I'd rather see the Lions go with Harrington and one of the stop gap veterans than spend another high pick on a QB. Anything but another high risk skill player. Anything!

Matt Millen needs to listen closely to that very wise man, Captain Renault.

"Realizing the importance of the case, my men are rounding up twice the usual number of suspects..."

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