ALLEN PARK, Mich. -- The Detroit Lions are starting to have some movement in the search for a general manager.
In addition to interim general manager Sheldon White and Seattle co-director of player personnel Trent Kirchner, the Lions will also interview New England Patriots director of pro scouting Bob Quinn for the position, according to ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.
Quinn is one of coach Bill Belichick’s most trusted personnel members, according to ESPN Patriots reporter Mike Reiss, evidenced by Quinn’s spot in the team’s draft room.
Quinn fits what the Lions want in a general manager as well: Someone who comes from a successful organization who hopefully can build a winner for the long term. Quinn has been with the Patriots for their entire rise to the top of the NFL, starting as a player personnel assistant in 2000 and working his way up to his current role. He graduated from the University of Connecticut.
“We’re looking for someone to come in and build a winning program for the long haul,” Lions team president Rod Wood said Sunday. “And hopefully somebody that can take what we have on the field now, which obviously we demonstrated the second half of the season that we’ve got talent and build on it and produce a winning team next year and the years beyond.”
Wood declined to name any potential candidates other than White as he works with consultant Ernie Accorsi, team owner Martha Ford and her children to select a new general manager. That GM will make the decision on Lions head coach Jim Caldwell.
For more on Quinn, here’s Reiss:
“Bob Quinn has worked for the Patriots the last 16 years, spending the last four as director of pro scouting. He is a local guy, from Norwood, Mass., which is a Hail Mary-type pass away from the Patriots’ facility, so this is a story of a local guy who has grinded behind the scenes with the local franchise to put himself on the radar of others as a general manager candidate. Anyone who appreciates hard work has to feel good about that for the candidate. Quinn is part of a multi-layered personnel department in New England, working under director of player personnel Nick Caserio. He’s in the draft room, which reflects how he’s earned Bill Belichick’s trust, because there aren’t too many folks allowed in there. As his job title suggests, Quinn keeps tabs on pro personnel around the league to make sure the Patriots have emergency lists updated, while maintaining an understanding of each NFL team, their needs, systems etc. He also has a background as a college scout.”