Lions QB controversey doesnt take winter break!!!

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If he gets an offer from an NFL team, he needs to ask some questions

By Kent Gilchrist,
Vancouver Province

It is the quarterbacking controversy that won't die -- or take the winter off, either.

There is no shortage of elements to keep the thing percolating. The most important issue, of course, is do the Lions want veteran campaigner Dave Dickenson as their guy, or do they want the young upstart Casey Printers?

Other questions involve the Printers camp, which is shopping his athletic ability to any NFL team interested in giving them 60 minutes or so of their time. Do they choose the bright lights of NFL now, when he has only a couple of thimblefuls of experience? Do they re-sign with the Lions, who are offering a starter's salary of $400,000 per year for the next three seasons and believe that the Lions will keep him (rather than trade him to a team that might not be as good) over the veteran Dickenson?

And you have the club management, which is still in the cat-bird seat. President and CEO Bob Ackles and head coach/general manager Wally Buono know which way they want to go, but will they share this with either of the principals?

The only one with virtually no say is Dickenson, who spotted the Lions to a 10-0 start last season before watching it all unravel. He could be the starter or be traded to the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, or some place worse.

But when you look at young Mr. Printers, you see Henry Burris five years ago at the end of the 2000 CFL season with the Saskatchewan Roughriders, where he'd been a starter for the first time in a four-year CFL career. He'd spent the first three with Buono in Calgary, ironically. Burris's stats in 2000 were similar to Printers' in 2004, the year he was named most outstanding player.

Burris, remember, took his smile, athletic ability and limited experience to the Green Bay Packers, where somebody named Brett Favre was the man.

Then he went to an awful Chicago Bears team and NFL Europe before coming back to the CFL with his tail between his legs, leaving behind his confidence and some other intangibles he was just starting to develop before he left the CFL in the first place.

That's the other thing Printers is going to have to weigh.

If he gets an offer from an NFL team that is comparable to or better than the one the Lions are dangling, will the offer be one that is going to (a) be good in two or three years' time and (b) give him a chance to develop behind an older, veteran guy?

Let's face it, upper-echelon NFL teams have young, established quarterbacks in whom they have invested millions. Printers might be able to go to somebody like the Phoenix Cardinals, who seldom win, but is that the right move at this stage of his development?

Finding the right team willing to pay him enough up-front money, give him a chance, and allow him time to develop --now that's a tall order.

Whatever Printers and his advisers end up doing, it's going to be a bit of a gamble. From here it makes sense for him to come back to the Lions, who look more and more like an organization that thinks it has a better chance of winning with him than with the oft-injured Dickenson.

By his next option year, Printers would be 27, and as NFL-ready as Warren Moon was.

Warren Moon.....hahahahahahahahaha

Notice how this is all stirred up, and now Wally is on vacation in Hawaii.

Ah yes Wally is famous for this. Ritchie's and Bouno pow wow on the beach. It is really funny but Bouno I think enjoys this yet the players are put at odds with each other. Bouno should do what he should have done years ago. Become a GM only and leave coaching to real pro's.

Last night they interview Dickenson. I thought he handled it Graciously. He did admit outloud that the uncertainy of the QB situation was stressful and distracting, and no one with the team (Buono) was around to explain the goal of the club for 2006. He basically had a "wait and see" attitude.

This affair will effect the team until Wally Bonehead settles things down. This should have been dealt with after they were beat oout in the final. He sits while the Lions players burn. As you can tell I have never been a fan of Bouno. As you can see he loses to many important games.

why quote the post RIGHT ABOVE U????

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I am quoting Sportsmen!

i know your quoting sportsmen...he was the post directly before your reply

This is funny. I had to quote just for laughs :lol:

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