Monday, August 15, 2005


One of my boys is already hot and bothered, asking when Lions Coach Steve Mariucci is going to stop dissing Joey Harrington.
He is angry because Mariucci might start Jeff Garcia at quarterback in the second exhibition game Saturday at Ford Field against Cleveland. He is mad because Harrington completed all nine of his passes for 100 yards against the New York Jets and deserves a pat on the back from his coach, not a slap in the face.
I told big fella' to hang on. This is the exhibition season. Who cares?
This does not bring more drama to a brewing quarterback controversey. It does not lower Harrington's standing. Mariucci is smart in giving Garcia live action with the starting unit. He might need him later.
He wants game film on Garcia with the starting unit. Big deal.
I don't blame him. I would like to see it too.
Harrington did a solid job in Game 1. It was encouraging to see him play well. But the NFL is about putting the ball in the endzone. He and the rest of the team failed to do that. So I am not going to say he did a great job.
He did fine. He is still the man.
The starting job Sept. 11 against Green Bay remains his. That is all that matters.


Blogger The_Real_Right_Way said...

Harrington appears to be in game form. After seeing Grossman go down, who cares. Let Garcia get some reps, take some punishment, and keep Harrington ready for the real deal.

Joey just needs a few reps to stay sharp. Put him in at the right game time situation to keep the development moving.

7:14 PM


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