It's not as black and white/left and right a choice as many here see it to be and would not enjoy a ride in Walley Buono's shoes as he contemplates this decision.
1)Casey Printers is either higher than than a kite or as low as a dead skunk, and this is scarry baggage to be carrying when you're attempting to sell yourself as the next "exclusive" number one to take this team forward.
Great leaders are often supercharged, stimulating and riviting but they also know when to choose their spots. People of this ilk, for as high as they get will fall proportionatly in a nano second and it takes very little adversity to cause the change.
I sight the performance as he skipped out of the tunnel to his # one role, and the who da mans only to fall short when it came time to shut up and have his performance do the talking. Walking around with his head down he lost not only his ability to lead, he may very well have lost a little repect of some of his team members on that day.
Followers of the team have seen this throughout Casey's season.
Sports writers and broadcasters, people close to the game and with a greater depth of knowledge than most of us here appear to enjoy, oft times have spoken of the struggles Casey endured in his backup roll this past season. He was certainly no Jason Maas in his personal management of his relegation to #2.
Casey's performance (I may have the wrong game but believe it was the halftime with Edmonton in town) as he sat outside the dressing room comiserating, crying, or seeking almighty intervention while "his" team were gatherd inside in a hog wallow of misery, was not only unacceptable it was a cop out. These guys were looking for leadership, strength of character to pick up their spirits and super charge them for the second half only to have Casey simply selfishly abdicate. Believe Wally...or somebody had to re-call CP to join in with the rest of his team.
Casey Printers brings to the table a great arm, wonderful potential but his mental game is suspect.
On the other hand, unlike Casey Printers I see Dave Dickenson as a cerebrial QB, a steady influence.
That said he also has some very real challenges that will receive due dilligence when coaching makes their selection.
By his own admission DD is all too often injured, some times as a result of his own actions. Love the fact that his efficiency is an annual record breaker, but the downside is it comes with a price as he gives up quantum leaps of yardage rather than ground a ball for fear of having it picked off.
Both QB's would benefit from better protection which has clearly caused them untold grief. IMO offensive line coaching needs a refit and a reshuffle of player personnel (the addition of some star power) would also be appropriate...but I digress.
As much as I applaude the leadership and strength of character of a Dave Dickenson, he got caught up in the swagger and lackadaisical performances of his team in the latter stages of the big eleven. There were a few times they pulled out two points in the absence of a time honored work ethic and fell into the entitlement mind set. That is to say we're damb good and we're so damb good we don't have to work as hard to beat the "less thans" throughout the rest of this league.
Good leadership to include good coaching should have seen the fall coming and a little expectation management may have partially averted a crash or at least minimized the pain and prepared them for the recovery when it happened....but I digress again.
The most concerning aspect surrounding the Lions keeping a Dave Dickenson (should CP not make it in the bigs, and I personally don't think he'd stick there) is his age. How much longer can he play this game and take the beatings he has so often endured. If Casey goes to the NFL and stays there this is all moot.
While I've only discussed downside, both of these guys clearly have a huge upside as well. One can be assured that no matter who the Leos keep, the other will likely come back to bite them in the rear loin in their own house one day.
Flip a coin...is it heads or heart. BJ