On the clock: Lions' candidates on the No. 1 pick

January, 14, 2009
Posted by ESPN.com's Kevin Seifert

Through Tuesday evening, the Detroit Lions had trotted out two finalists for their head coaching job to speak with the local media. Both men -- Tennessee defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz and Miami assistant head coach/defensive backs Todd Bowles -- were asked how they would like the Lions to use the No. 1 overall pick.

Ultimately, that decision will be made by general manager Martin Mayhew. But it was interesting that Schwartz drove his answer toward the quarterback position, while Bowles gave a more general answer. And it's worth noting that Bowles hails from the Bill Parcells school of coaching, which almost always favors using a veteran quarterback over developing a young one on the field.

Here's what Schwartz said Monday, courtesy Birk's Eye View:

"I think the important thing is finding the right person. I don't think you tie yourself into positions. Obviously, there's a lot of needs. I think, obviously, the most important position on the team is quarterback. It's probably time to find a replacement for Bobby Layne."

(Nice line on Bobby Layne, whom the Lions traded 50 years ago.)

And here's what Bowles said Tuesday:

"We sit down and we try to make a collaborative effort of what's best for our team. There's going to be a great player there obviously being the first pick in the draft, but he has to be great for our team. We have to fill a lot of voids, we have to find out which void we have to fill first, so I'll sit down with Mr. [Tom] Lewand and Mr. [Martin] Mayhew if I'm the coach and we'll discuss what we need to do."

Bowles might not get to decide whether to draft a quarterback, but if he holds true to his Parcells principles, you would assume he would at least strongly favor finding a veteran quarterback to start in 2009.



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