Lions to hire Kevin Anderson from Patriots as head of football ops

The Detroit Lions' front office is slowly turning into the New England Patriots' Midwestern bureau.

The Lions will hire Kevin Anderson as the team's head of football operations. According to the Lions' official team reporter, Anderson's title will be chief of staff and assistant to the general manager, Bob Quinn.

Anderson is the fourth person with Patriots ties to have been brought into the Lions' organization in the past few weeks, starting with Quinn, who was hired as GM on Jan. 8 after serving as New England's scouting director.

Quinn has since hired Kyle O'Brien, a former Patriots scout and Jacksonville's director of college scouting, as the director of player personnel.

Quinn also hired former Patriots scouting assistant Ron Miles as a scout and then chose to bring in Anderson, New England's director of player development, to be the chief of staff.

Anderson spent 10 seasons with the Patriots in football operations and the past five as the team's director of player development. He graduated from Indiana with a degree in sports marketing and management while working with the football team as an operations assistant.

Before heading to the Patriots, he interned with the Indianapolis Colts and Houston Texans.

Anderson appears to assume the role once held by Cedric Saunders, who was fired by the Lions last week.