Matthew Stafford, the No. 1 pick in the NFL draft, will start at quarterback in the Lions’ season opener Sunday at New Orleans.
Coach Jim Schwartz made the announcement to the team and media today at Lions headquarters. Stafford beat out rejuvenated veteran Daunte Culpepper for the job.
Schwartz made it clear that he is willing to ride the rapids with the rookie. He also said this was about giving the Lions the best chance to win Sunday, not just about developing Stafford for the future.
“This isn’t an experiment,” Schwartz said. “This isn’t an internship. We’re not asking him to go out there and practice. He’s out there to win, and that’s the bottom line in this league.”