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