It looks like Jets rookie Mark Sanchez won’t be the only rookie starting at QB Sunday. First overall pick Matthew Stafford of the Lions has been named the starter for Sunday’s opening day showdown with the New Orleans Saints. First year Lions coach Jim Schwartz made the announcement today, and made sure to let everyone know that veteran Daunte Culpepper didn’t lose the job.
“I’ve had a lot of very tough decisions in the last few days – guys making the 53-man roster or not making it – but none more difficult than at quarterback,” he said. “We announced to our team this morning that Matt Stafford is going to be our starting quarterback.”
Schwartz pointed out that he’s fine with whoever starts at QB, Stafford, Culpepper, or even Drew Stanton. Culpepper seemed to be on his way to being the starter till an injury sidelined him late in camp and he wasn’t able to play in the preseason finale.
“I’m very, very comfortable with the quarterback position here, not just one and two, but also three,” Schwartz said. “What made this decision difficult was that I think we can win with Daunte Culpepper, I think we can with Matt Stafford, and I think we can win with Drew Stanton.”
Stafford said that while he always believed he would win the job, he didn’t know for sure until Monday morning.
“I definitely thought I was going to be the guy, but as competitive as Daunte is, I’m sure he thought he was going to be the guy, too,” he said. “Coach Schwartz called me in this morning and told me, and I went out and practiced with the first team. That was exciting.”