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Wednesday, November 30, 2005

Are you #$@%ing kidding me??

"We have not developed our younger players, and that’s bothersome."
-- Matt Millen 11/28/05

I already hate Dick Jauron.

At least I think I do. Because if it was his decision to start Jeff Garcia this Sunday against Minnesota, the Lions should be the first team in NFL history to fire two head coaches in one week.

I don't get this. I don't get it at all. I am completely #@$%ing baffled. Did Matt Millen not say on Monday that one of his biggest problems with the Steve Mariucci coaching regime was the failure to develop the team's younger players?

So the next logical move must be to start a 35-year-old quarterback who's led the Lions' offense to a grand total of 33 points in two-and-a-half games, and whose best apparent skills are to run around like the proverbial headless turkey and throw passes that hang in the air almost as long as that Roary the Lion blimp floats around Ford Field.

I'm trying to make sense of this. Did someone check the back of Jauron's neck for a mind-control device, the signal from which could be traced back to a house belonging to a "S. Mariucci"?

Does Jauron think Garcia gives the Lions the best chance to win what's essentially a must-win game on Sunday? Does the coaching staff and front office think the best way to develop the young wide receiver corps is to have Garcia throwing passes to them? Do certain outspoken defensive backs decide who starts at quarterback now? (More on Dre "The Truth" Bly later today, or some time tomorrow.)

Can it be any more obvious that Joey Harrington's career in Detroit is officially over? (And I realize I'm probably in the minority of Lions fans who think that shouldn't be the case.) This can't just be Jauron sticking to that old, tired "a player doesn't lose his job to injury" coaching axiom. Millen and the Lions' ownership had to have signed off on this move, too. Either that, or Jauron has balls the size of cantaloupes and is giving Millen a huge middle finger with a number 5 on it.

Someone explain this to me. At this point, I'm ready to make different plans for Sunday at 1 pm.

(Image from "Heart of the City" © 2005 Mark Tatulli)


  • At December 01, 2005 10:21 AM, Anonymous KA (can't say who I am) said…

    Here's my favorite line:

    "Some of you may ask 'why now? Why not at the end of the season?' To me, it is simple: we have five games left. We have five games to develop our younger players. We have five games to prove that we are what we think we are, especially with our younger players. With that being said, we have appointed Dick Jauron as the interim head coach and really I won't comment further on our head coaching position for the next season or beyond this season."

    Soooooo...game one, play Garcia.

    Makes sense to me.

  • At December 01, 2005 10:43 AM, Blogger the sports dude said…

    Hey, Garcia is still young man! Look he is only 35, come on, old is like 50! All right, just thought I would throw that out there to all the 35 year olds who are going are saying the same thing.

    Garcia should be the #3 QB behind both Joey and Dan. I would have started Joey, but nothing from Lionsville makes sense anymore so this doesn't surprise me one bit.


  • At December 01, 2005 10:53 AM, Blogger Ian C. said…

    Since I'm closer to 35 than I'd like to admit, I don't want to sound 'ageist.' So I'll try to amend my criticism.

    Garcia stinks. And he won't be here next year. The Lions playing him accomplishes nothing toward next season, even if the coaching staff and majority of the team apparently think Joey can't play.

  • At December 01, 2005 1:54 PM, Blogger Chris said…

    I don't think Millen's comments about developing youg talent included Joey. Joey stinks and is out next year, In my opinion. Garcia is the best guy they've got at QB and gives the lions the best chance to win the rest of their games, no doubt.


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