PONTIAC, Mich. — Coach Darryl Rogers is more interested in what Chuck Long can do than what the new Detroit Lions quarterback can't do.
Long doesn't have a great deep arm and is not all that mobile, but Rogers made him his No. 1 draft choice in 1986 with an eye toward grooming the Iowa product as Detroit's quarterback of the future. After watching Long start the last two games of his rookie season, the Lions' coach decided the future would begin in 1987.
What Rogers saw in Long during his collegiate career is what he hopes he sees professionally--touchdowns. Long is a big-play master who is always thinking end zone.
Long thus enters training camp as Detroit's No. 1 quarterback in Rogers' third season of reshaping the Lions, who dropped from nine wins to five last year.