Detroit Sports

Friday, March 17, 2006

Kitna and McCown In, Harrington Out?

It appears that the Joey Harrington era in Detroit is about to be over. The Lions signed quarterbacks Jon Kitna and Josh McCown in a probable effort to replace Harrington and Jeff Garcia. In fact, Garcia has already signed with the Eagles, ending his one year stint in Detroit.

Kitna signed a four year $11.5 million dollar contract with Detroit which included a $3.5 million dollar extension. Kitna has been the backup to Carson Palmer over the last two seasons. However, the last season that Kitna started the whole season, in 2003, he did very good. He threw for over 3500 yards and 26 touchdown passes. Some even considered him to be a MVP candidate. The Lions will be hoping he can produce a similar season as he did in 2003. In his nine year career, he has thrown 108 touchdown passes and 104 interceptions. His career passer rating is 75.3.

Josh McCown signed a two year deal with the Lions worth $6 million. McCown is only 26 years old and he has played even fewer games than Harrington (McCown has started in 33 games). In his career he has thrown for 25 touchdown passes along with 29 interceptions.

Kitna and McCown will be battling for the starting position at quarterback. Kitna should be starter. He has more experience and better numbers. As mentioned before, Kitna's last full season as starter was brilliant. Hopefully, the eventual starter will be a serviceable quarterback.

Again, with these signings, Harrington is most likely done in Detroit. The Lions drafted him with the number three pick with high expectations, but Harrington has not measured up to the hype surrounding him. His numbers got a little better in his first three seasons but last year they got worse. He did not even start the whole season and his numbers were horrible. He had a few decent games but not enough to make the Lions keep him as starter. It was not entirely his fault that they did not succeed, but he shoulders most of the blame.


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