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Lions start lining up G.M. candidates

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Former NFL General Manager Ernie Accorsi is consulting with the Lions as they look for a new General Manager and he said last week that owner Martha Ford is “tired of losing.”

It’s no surprise, then, that two of the first names linked to the opening come from the two teams that played in the Super Bowl last year and returned to the postseason this year.

Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that the team has asked for and received permission to interview Patriots director of pro scouting Bob Quinn. Quinn has been in that role since 2012 and has been in the Patriots organization in a variety of scouting and personnel jobs since 2000.

Schefter reports that the team is also scheduling an interview with Seahawks co-director of player personnel Trent Kirchner. Kirchner has been in the Seattle organization since 2010 and interviewed with the Jets last year before Mike Maccagnan was hired as their General Manager.

The Lions plan to hire a General Manager before making a final decision on coach Jim Caldwell’s future with the team, although reports over the weekend indicated that ownership would like to retain Caldwell.

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21 Responses to “Lions start lining up G.M. candidates”
  1. J Goltz says: Jan 4, 2016 4:22 PM

    Bob Quinn for the Lions would be amazing

  2. duffer58 says: Jan 4, 2016 4:30 PM

    Has to be Matt Millen.

  3. 12brichandfamous says: Jan 4, 2016 4:33 PM

    Tom Coughlin. Knows the game, can evaluate talent, comes from a successful coaching tree, and has been successful in the NFL.

  4. cajunaise says: Jan 4, 2016 4:36 PM

    Ryan Grigson. (Please; he’s all yours.)

    – Colts fan

  5. brianincbus says: Jan 4, 2016 4:39 PM

    They could turn Bob Quinn into Colin Quinn, that franchise is HOPELESS!

  6. homesbypatrick says: Jan 4, 2016 4:45 PM

    Ernie Accorsi has found a nice little niche “consulting”, last year the Bears, 2012 Carolina….My guess is he will push for Parcells guys; Coughlin and Payton have “outside possibilities”

  7. kmgpop says: Jan 4, 2016 4:50 PM

    Not a Lions fan, but I think Mrs. Ford is the kick in the backside this franchise has needed for a long time.

  8. a1b24312 says: Jan 4, 2016 4:54 PM

    Howie Roseman – give him the kingdom, he wants it!

  9. The Almighty Cabbage says: Jan 4, 2016 4:55 PM

    Agreed, kmgpop, and they seem to be going at it the right way. Hire a GM and let him decide on a coach. He may wish to keep Caldwell. He may not. But he should have the choice to make.

  10. corporatemediaprostitute says: Jan 4, 2016 4:55 PM

    No way should the Lions even consider hiring a 70 year old Head Coach.

  11. playedthegame32 says: Jan 4, 2016 4:59 PM

    People assume just because someone is a part of a winning program, that they will also have success. However, thats not always the case. Directors of Pro Personnel guys have absolutely NO experience drafting college players. Its an entirely different department. Moreover, The REAL machine behind the patriots are Brady’s brilliance and Belichicks ability to get the most out of players. Lets remember guy like Lombardi, McDaniels, Pioli, Weis, Crennel have all struggled, to a large degree, when they have gotten an opportunity.

  12. darkneptune73 says: Jan 4, 2016 5:00 PM

    Too bad that the Lions will forever be hampered by that uneven QB named Matthew Stafford.

  13. mmgant says: Jan 4, 2016 5:00 PM

    Bob Quinn? Ugh. I remember the last “can’t miss” GM candidate to come from the Pats. Scott Pioli. Be careful what you ask for Martha.

  14. senatorblutarsky says: Jan 4, 2016 5:12 PM

    Glad to see the Lions are on the prowl. Quinn. Kirchner. How about the Patriots’ Nick Caserio, director of player personnel or Eliot Wolf, although it may be difficult to pry him away from Green Bay. In any case there are numerous qualified candidates out there.

    I just hope Mrs. Ford isn’t shuffling the deck until she finds someone who is willing to retain Caldwell as coach. That would be a detriment to the team but I’m sure she’s well aware of that.

  15. senatorblutarsky says: Jan 4, 2016 5:20 PM

    playedthegame32 says:
    Jan 4, 2016 4:59 PM

    People assume just because someone is a part of a winning program, that they will also have success. However, thats not always the case. Directors of Pro Personnel guys have absolutely NO experience drafting college players. Its an entirely different department. Moreover, The REAL machine behind the patriots are Brady’s brilliance and Belichicks ability to get the most out of players. Lets remember guy like Lombardi, McDaniels, Pioli, Weis, Crennel have all struggled, to a large degree, when they have gotten an opportunity.
    ___________________

    There are no guarantees in life but the fact that someone spawns from a successful program increases the probability of success.

    Regarding the Patriots, the behind-the-scenes staff has supplied the pieces for the success of the team. Brady and Belichick have both cheated extensively over time and it may have helped put the Patriots over the top, probably unnecessarily. But cheaters want every edge.

  16. kjdoyle58 says: Jan 4, 2016 5:21 PM

    Does Quinn bring “the Library?”

  17. kfoyo808 says: Jan 4, 2016 5:30 PM

    Take Elliot with 1st round pick (Big 10 fave) – make a running game to go with the passing. Now you have a well rounded Offense. Just gotta keep Megatron.

  18. buyamericanonly says: Jan 4, 2016 5:39 PM

    AND upon further review, the Fords think Sheldon white and caldwell are what will win them a superbowl.

  19. bearssuck says: Jan 4, 2016 5:39 PM

    Martha Ford should sell the team.

  20. wantsomecheesewiththatwhine says: Jan 4, 2016 6:57 PM

    corporatemediaprostitute says:
    Jan 4, 2016 4:55 PM

    No way should the Lions even consider hiring a 70 year old Head Coach.
    ———————————
    he’s young enough to be martha’s son, that can’t be too old

  21. thetruthcampaign says: Jan 6, 2016 11:51 AM

    Martha Power!

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