NFL Executives Blast Lions

Vito Chirco

The early consensus on the Lions' offseason so far: Rather disappointing.

In case you missed it, I gave Detroit general manager Bob Quinn a modest grade of "B" for his work in the early portion of free agency.

Other pundits haven't been as kind with their evaluation of the moves made by Quinn in his fifth offseason as the Lions' front-office head honcho.

NFL executives weren't too impressed with Quinn's work, either, as portrayed in a recent piece from The Athletic's Mike Sando.

According to Sando, one anonymous executive believes that the Lions can't keep trading away all of their disgruntled players -- specifically the high-impact ones, like veteran cornerback Darius Slay.

"'There are not enough good players to go around to get rid of them,' the exec said. 'Who has time? Who has five years to wait? Detroit has gotten rid of several guys. There was the receiver midseason which killed their (2018) season, Golden Tate. There have been a few guys over the years, like (Quandre) Diggs.'"

Another anonymous exec expressed that Detroit head man Matt Patricia needs to distinguish himself from his former boss and longtime New England Patriots head man Bill Belichick on the defensive side of the ball.

“'Patricia has to put his stamp on that defense. He can’t put Belichick’s stamp on it. They had (defensive coordinator) Paul Pasqualoni last year. He stepped down. It is going to be on Patricia. The Fords do a nice job of giving whoever they have given the keys to the opportunity to grow and develop, but at some point you gotta show what this investment is all about.'"

2020 will be a pivotal year for both Patricia and Quinn.

Detroit may have to qualify for the playoffs in order for the two to save their jobs.

And Quinn's offseason duties aren't done quite yet.

He has the NFL Draft coming up April 23-25, with the Lions on the clock for the first time at No. 3 overall.

What he does with the pick and throughout the entirety of the draft will go a long way toward determining how competitive Detroit is this upcoming season and beyond.

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Comments (10)
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Jmurdock
Jmurdock

As far as the pundits go.... You really don't know! You can question the GM all ya want.. Most of ya said last season they were bold in FA and had high expectations.. Me included.
Slay was a problem child day one and was replaced... Snacks got his money and fell off the cliff with his snacks.
The only question that should be asked is are they better at being healthy... Quinn is getting the players that know Patricia if they can stay HEALTHY then it's any given Sunday..
Quinn can hit a home run with this draft... Hopefully he's not listening to Kiper or McShay and sticks to building from the ball out on the D-line and not taking Okudah at three.. Unless the phone rings with a super kool deal to move down and they can get more picks... To me Okudah at three is a luxury pick he's only going to be as good as the D-line provides.. If they can somehow move down and get him and add a solid DT or DE that would help... Okudah will not be a impact without adding a impact player on the Dline first.

DetroitsFinest1
DetroitsFinest1

When will Lions ever get better? Only seems like they let go of good players to replace them with average players

Lions4Ever
Lions4Ever

Lions have not done enough to get better, only treading water

SpartanSports
SpartanSports

Martha Ford should have ran both these clowns Patricia and Quinn out of town. The only reason she is keeping Stafford is he's a likeable guy but he isn't the answer at QB either. The Lions need to do a complete rebuild and hire someone who's is capable of putting together a plan. It's obvious the Lions have no plan

Rdj56
Rdj56

This draft is very important to the lions the best player in draft is Isaiah Simon's Clemson I would take him number 1 he has the smarts to know three positions and size and athletic ability that is off the charts. Defense is what controls time of position. Build a defense and an offensive line is the keys to winning.

RRich
RRich

if we don’t get a decent qb backup we’re doomed anyway! Stafford won’t last the season with that line

Maxtlr
Maxtlr

Patricia is a fake. Belichek bailed the D out in Patricia’s last season. Since he’s taken over the defense is lacking and worsening. Quinn is a terrible talent evaluator. With most of his draft picks, the positions get redrafted or refilled in FA. MLB, RB, CB, OG, S, DT. Revolving door of substandard talent, while he jettisons the talent he inherited. This season is doomed to fail.

detlion
detlion

Which one of the executives have been a head coach or a general manager of a nfl team and had more wins than losses? It is easy to pick a gm or head coach apart but if you have not ran a nfl team and your team went 14wins 2 losses. O by the way which one of you have. 4 Superbowl rings.


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