There are certain things as Detroit sports fans we can never forgive or forget.
We can’t forgive Prince Fielder for that belly-flop into third base during the American League Championship Series against the Red Sox.
We can’t forgive Rasheed Wallace for leaving Robert Horry open in Game 5 of the 2005 NBA Finals.
And, we can’t forgive Lions quarterback Dan Orlovsky for his 13-step end zone drop that cost the Lions a safety against the Vikings in 2007.
So when Orlovsky left for another team, no one shed a tear.
The Lions brought Orlovsky back to be Matthew Stafford’s backup this season. Yet, after camp and four exhibitions, Kellen Moore is the one who should enter this season as the backup, not Orlovsky.
So the question is, will first-year coach Jim Caldwell choose “their” guy or the right guy?
Orlovsky less impressive
During the exhibition schedule, Moore passed for 361 yards and three touchdowns, completing 68.6 percent of his passes. His rating was 108.4.
Orlovsky countered with 355 yards passing and no touchdowns, completing 63.6 percent of his passes. His rating was 80.7.
But it’s Moore who has looked the part of a backup.
“He’s consistent,” Caldwell said of Moore after the exhibition finale against the Bills on Thursday. “I thought he did a nice job. He has composure. He has moxie. He puts a nice touch on the ball, and I thought he performed well.”
Moore finished 17-for-28 for 172 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions against the Bills. This comes after a solid Week 2 showing against the Browns in which he led the team to the winning touchdown after a poor Orlovsky performance.
Decision is easy
People talk about Orlovsky’s nine years’ NFL experience. But he played in 24 games during that time — 12 with the Lions — and has 14 touchdowns and 12 interceptions. He’s completed 58.5 percent of his passes and has a 76.9 rating.
Those numbers are about on par with lower-level backup quarterbacks.
It’s best if the Lions go with the guy that won a true competition.
Sure, Orlovsky is making more money, but Moore is outplaying him.
This decision is simple. Caldwell must pick the right guy, not his guy.