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Tuesday, September 16, 2008
Black and Blue all over: QB controversy edition

Posted by's Kevin Seifert

The Minnesota Vikings aren't the only NFC North team with short- and long-term questions at the quarterback position. As coach Brad Childress mulls the future of Tarvaris Jackson, the Detroit Lions are at least contemplating how they will handle the position if this season gets away from them.

Starter Jon Kitna will turn 36 later this month and makes an awful lot of mistakes for a player expected to lend a calming, veteran influence to the offense. Dan Orlovsky is currently the Lions' No. 2 quarterback, but many in Detroit are fixated on former Michigan State signal-caller Drew Stanton.

Stanton is recovering from a sprained right thumb and won't be ready to play until next month. It's hard to imagine coach Rod Marinelli making a change anytime soon, but Tom Kowalski of, nevertheless, broached the topic.

Kowalski noted Stanton wore a T-shirt Monday that read: "Born to run things." Here's how Kowalski sized up the situation:

"There were sound reasons why Marinelli didn't pull Kitna when all was lost in the last two seasons, but those no longer apply. The Lions drafted Drew Stanton in the second round last year with the idea that he would one day take over as the starter and lead the team (that's still the reason you draft players, isn't it?). As much as Marinelli likes Kitna's toughness and leadership, there comes a point of diminishing returns."

Nothing seems imminent, but here's a question to chew on this fine Tuesday morning: What NFC North team will be the first to bench its quarterback?

With that, let's take our morning tour: