Stanton still No. 3 and rule out one GM candidate
Don't expect Drew Stanton to make his NFL debut today against the Bears, even in mop-up duty.
Lions coach Rod Marinelli said Friday Stanton is still third on the depth chart at quarterback, behind Jon Kitna and Dan Orlovsky. Stanton, of course, is just making his way back from a right thumb injury. Marinelli said he looked "OK" during practice last week, but probably won't be ready for game action for a few more weeks.
"It's hard," Marinelli said. "It'd be a couple more weeks just to get the feel of it and just get in a rhythm, a timing rhythm of throwing and verbage and all those things."
If the Lions' struggles continue, I still think Stanton could assume the starter's role as soon as Oct. 26 against Washington or Nov. 9 against Jacksonville.
Also, anyone who thought former Packers general manager Ron Wolf might be wooed out of retirement to help rebuild the Lions, either as GM or a consultant, think again. I spoke with Wolf briefly Saturday. He said he has no interest in returning to the game in an active fashion and is enjoying retirement. In fact, he just returned from a trip to Germany and didn't know the whole story surrounding Matt Millen's firing.
Wolf did have good things to say about current Green Bay director of football operations Reggie McKenzie. McKenzie's a name I think should be on the Lions' short list of candidates, and Wolf trumpeted his background scouting in both pro and college and handling contracts.
"To me he's a very special person," Wolf said.