I've looked at the Dline, and the Oline. Tonight is QB, followed by WR, RB, LB, and Secondary (not in that particular order). I'll also be looking at battles and camp news as it comes out.
I looked at the positional breakdowns before the draft (I'm too tired at this point to hunt links -- they are all there in the history). So much of this is just updates and building on what was unknown.
Detlions.com piece on the QB's.
NFL Teams, as whole, are usually in one of six situations at QB:
- QB "Controversy": Both of our starters are "close to even", "duking it out", or "equally bad". See: 2008 Chicago Bears. Typically leads to situation #2 or #3 unless you are the 2007 Chicago Bears...
- Mentor and Grasshopper: Veteran starter who is benchwarming or training/mentoring a young QB -- generally a high round draft pick -- to take his place and make him a highly paid backup for a season or two. If the mentor is fine with getting paid a couple mil for holding a clipboard, usually progresses to situation 3. If not, you get #4. (intentional)
- Young executive and experienced secretary: A young(er) starting QB, or one in his prime backed up by a savvy veteran QB that does more than hold the clipboard. They are good at helping the starter notice trends in the opposing D, eliminate mistakes, and all around help out the team by helping the starting QB get better. They play well enough not to have to run the scout team, but poor enough not to start. They get paid about a million or so a year to play very little football at all, and when they do, typically get to be the "hero" stepping in for the injured starter... Think Charlie Batch in Pittsburgh. It's a good gig, and for those whose egos can handle being "almost" the man, it is perfect -- both for them, and the team.
- Young Boss, Old guy he got promoted over (or will soon): You took his job -- or, as a high round draft pick were taken to "send a message" or "usher in a new era". He's not too thrilled about it. Sure, he's there to "help" you -- but won't really go out of his way. he might "warm up" to you after a while...maybe... or he might pretend to retire and go "gotcha" a couple months later when he starts to "itch".
- "The Man"..and the "Invisible Man": sure, you have that treasure of the NFL -- a solid or even all-star starting QB. And backing him up you have...ummm....Jared Lorenzen....Matt Cassell....Bueller?
- "An Open Competition": Jack shit, and you know it. Figure, at least if they are all "fighting it out" you can put forth the appearance of talent, and pray like hell one works out. See: Miami, Atlanta, any team desperate enough to sign Daunte Culpepper
- This is a special category for Jon "I collect QB's like Millen does WR" Gruden. Defies categorization.
Right now, the Lions have #2, but #6 vying to be mentored. [ You could also make a case for #5, but I'm taking the positive spin on this]
If the backups develop, then the team should be fine. If not...well, there is always the 2009 or 2010 draft -- or hope another Drew Brees gets dumped.
For 2008, the Lions are not exceptional -- but stable and able at QB. IF everything clicks, that is enough to get them into the playoffs. If it really clicks, maybe even win a playoff game. I think it's time for bed when I start talking that way in July, don't you?