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: February 10, 2007, 01:48:55 PM

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POSTED 8:53 a.m. EST, February 10, 2007

MILLEN, MARTZ AT ODDS?

Although, as we've previously reported, the Detroit Lions have locked onto Wisconsin tackle Joe Thomas with the No. 2 overall pick in the draft, we're now hearing that CEO Matt Millen is at least considering the possibility of using the selection on a blue-chip quarterback in the spot after the Oakland Raiders.

The reason?  Starter Jon Kitna is 35 years old, and was hardly a superstar in his first season with the team.

But offensive coordinator Mike Martz is bristling at the possibility, we're told.  Martz wants to stick with Kitna, and the short-term interests of the team (and of Martz, who wants to be a head coach again) would be served by drafting a guy who can step right in and play as a rookie.

Millen, however, is looking over the long term, even if he might not be part of it.

The key might come down to how much either JaMarcus Russell or Brady Quinn distinguish themselves as franchise quarterbacks in their pre-draft workouts.  And don't rule out the emergence of someone who currently isn't in the conversation as to who will be claimed from the draft board first.

And let's also keep in mind the realities of disinformation at this time of the year.  Even if Millen doesn't want a franchise quarterback, a team behind the lines might want the quarterback that the Raiders don't select, which could put the Lions in position to trade down and pick up an extra pick or two.  The Browns at No. 3, for example, might want Brady Quinn, and might be willing to flip-flop with the Lions in order to get him.


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Raiders | Team interviews Martinez for quarterbacks coach position
Sat, 10 Feb 2007 06:06:21 -0800

Glenn Reeves, of MediaNews, reports the Oakland Raiders met with former College of San Mateo coach Tom Martinez Friday, Feb. 9, to discuss the team's quarterbacks coach position and LSU QB JaMarcus Russell, a projected top pick in the 2007 NFL Draft. Martinez was recently hired to work with Russell.


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#1 : February 10, 2007, 01:53:23 PM

thats if Russell shows up to work with Martinez.....



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#2 : February 10, 2007, 01:55:04 PM

What makes you think he hasn't?


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#3 : February 10, 2007, 01:57:44 PM

What makes you think he hasn't?




I have watched shows on NFL network about how he is just like Roethlisberger, he shows up when he wants to....

I also read about him not showing up to all his practices at LSU, and some LSU fans felt as though he thinks he dosnt need the practice



Anyone who thinks Tim Tebow will be a great NFL QB is an idiot.




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#4 : February 10, 2007, 02:08:46 PM

If we get the third pick and Detroit goes QB, Joe Thomas is ours. That would be awesome. But it seems unlikely that he slips past Detroit or Cleveland, if the Browns get the third spot.
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