All Lions all the time

Posted by ESPN.com's Kevin Seifert
A couple of notes from Detroit, which is certainly dominating the Super Bowl week news in the NFC North:

  • In a conference call with Detroit-area reporters, new offensive coordinator Scott Linehan admitted he has an "affinity" for quarterback Daunte Culpepper, whom he coached in Minnesota from 2002-04. But Linehan insisted that connection won't play a role in his evaluation of the Lions' crop of quarterbacks. Here was the key quote: "I don't think it is at all fair to the other quarterbacks on the roster or to the head coach, the division of our personnel and our franchise, that we let ... a tie to a player affect our ability to make the right decision, and at this point, it's way too early to make any decision about any player." Culpepper has a $2.5 million roster bonus due in March.

  • Receiver Mike Furrey told reporters he has been informed he will be released next month. Furrey spent much of 2008 at odds with the Lions over his health and ultimately ended the season on injured reserve. He is one of what could be a sizable group of veterans who will be dismissed this offseason.