General observations from here on the Frozen Tundra of Lambeau field:

Hondo S. Carpenter

December 17, 2006

Green Bay, Wisconsin

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Kitna has lost all credibility to be so unequivocally labeled:Â The Man!
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It’s time for Butter Hands Kitna to step it up. O.K. are you happy? I get so much email from people that constantly asking me why I am not more critical of the Lions, but I think I am. I am not a person to be critical for no reason at all. Well I have been silent on Kitna long enough.

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When he got benched, after what many (myself included) thought was a Pro Bowl season for Carson Palmer, I was very excited to have him here. By some measurable accounts he has had a good year. Unfortunately for Jon, big money free agents don’t get away with “measurably good” years and the mistakes that he is making. The fumbles cannot be excused.

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He has said, and I agreed, that he needed to be somewhere where they had faith in him and was committed to him being at the helm. Check. He said he needed a system that used his abilities to put the ball down the field. Check. He said he needed a new start - somewhere new, telling me, “I was not willing to just hang on as a backup to take a check.” Check.Â

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The Lions paid the big jack and brought him in. He was the anointed leader and savior from day one, and even now as the media beats down Sarge Marinelli about Kitna, Sarge stands fully “100%” behind him. It’s time now for Kitna to step up and give the fans, and most importantly, his coach, a reason to say, “see I told you so.”

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Kitna hasn’t. No matter how impressive all the passing and moving the ball down the field he does, it doesn’t matter if you get down to the 1 and fumble. Kitna has no choice. He has gotten more rope from the fans and certainly the organization then any other QB of memory, and now, he has to earn it. With only two games left, I doubt he can. Sadly, with probably the number one pick and Brady Quinn on the board, all appearances are that the Lions will have the first pick (I don’t want the Lions to take him). Kitna has to send a message that he is the man. He can’t, there isn’t the time. Instead he gets a pass that he has not earned. Now before you think I am bashing Jon for all the Lions futility, you’re wrong. I am saying that he isn’t doing his part and he should be. He was the leader that proclaimed that this team would win. The fans and his teammates bought the bravado (even made him a captain) and he hasn’t done his part. Memo to Kitna, the Lions MVP is Jason Hanson. That my friend is an old wily vet and did you know he is a kicker?

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Kitna needed to send a message weeks ago. He hasn’t. Maybe benching him for the last two games would send the message, or at least making it official that this off-season is open season. Sadly, Marinelli has already “anointed” him the leader for next season and although he is a great guy, this isn’t last season. He hasn’t earned that yet, and shouldn’t have it. Big time players make big time plays he hasn’t yet proved he is either a big time player or has the ability to make big time plays. Not all of the fourth quarter-squandered opportunities are his fault. Sadly to many are for the guy that should be playing better…. a lot better.

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Jon, you make poor choices with throws and game management. For example, fourth quarter and a big third down, you run the ball with two wide-open receivers when you had no chance of getting it? Why the dumb choices? I am not saying he is dumb but he is making some dumb decisions that don’t merit the faith that his head coach has in him. Last week Jon said that changing the QB’s was the problem with this team in the past. Look at how long Joey got? Maybe they hang on to long.Â

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Mike Williams plays well?
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WOW, maybe the Kitties got so desperate today that they turned to Mike Williams? They pay the guy millions to ride the pine, but today he got a chance and did well with it. He ran precise routes, caused an interference penalty that got the Lions a first down, and again looked like a rookie first round WR. Oh, I forgot, he isn’t a rookie he just hasn’t played. Even the Packers were shocked he hasn’t played more.

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Who is worse the Tigers of three years ago or this year Lions?
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This subject was brought up today here in the press box and you have to wonder? Both teams have rookie head coaches (managers in the Tigers case) and both are dealing with a completely apathetic fan base.Â

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So which is it?

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The Lions have little hope for future talent (Sims, KJ if he can heal and Roy) and the Tigers had a lot more. The Tigers had a few solid vets the Lions also have a handful. The sad part is baseball takes fewer players! The both had/have great facilities and that is a draw. Ownership? Please, lets not make it laughable.

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I guess if you can call it a poll of who is worse the Lions take it. Trust me, for a guy that is a self confessed Lions fan that hurts. What do you think?

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