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Lions G.M. Bob Quinn: It’s not the Patriot way, it’s my way

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New Lions General Manager Bob Quinn spent his entire NFL career in the Patriots’ front office before Detroit hired him this year. But that doesn’t mean Quinn is doing things the “Patriot way.”

In an interview with ESPN, Quinn said he learned plenty in New England, but he can’t just do everything the same way in Detroit.

“I don’t think you can take the Patriot way to Detroit. I think it has to be my way. The things I learned from New England, obviously, I’m going to take with me and try to implement them. New England’s a special place. And I learned most if not everything I know about the NFL from the people at the Patriots, starting with coach Belichick and Mr. Kraft. I want to create my own legacy in Detroit and use the things I’ve learned in New England. It’s not the Patriot way.”

Quinn says his way of building a team focuses on depth, and a strong roster from the first player to the 90th. That’s consistent with the moves he’s made so far in free agency, signing mostly versatile, low-salary players. For the Lions, who have been hamstrung in the past by a few players making high salaries, Quinn’s way should be a welcome change.

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35 Responses to “Lions G.M. Bob Quinn: It’s not the Patriot way, it’s my way”
  1. bartor1544 says: Mar 23, 2016 6:54 PM

    “I don’t think you can take the Patriot Way to Detroit.”

    No kidding… then they’d have the off chance of winning a few games.

  2. trailerparkking says: Mar 23, 2016 7:04 PM

    So he plans his own unique style of cheating?

  3. patsbrat says: Mar 23, 2016 7:05 PM

    Quinn is a smart guy and this is a smart message. Wish him and Detroit good things going forward.

  4. whiteybulgersson says: Mar 23, 2016 7:07 PM

    There’s only one Patriot way.

    Quinn is setting himself up for failure here.

  5. vikesr4reel says: Mar 23, 2016 7:10 PM

    You either cheat or you don’t!!
    That’s the difference

  6. 6ball says: Mar 23, 2016 7:31 PM

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    ” Quinn says his way of building a team focuses on depth, and a strong roster from the first player to the 90th.  ”

    Isn’t that the definition of the ” Patriot Way ” ?
    .

  7. sdchicken says: Mar 23, 2016 7:43 PM

    I’m not a patriots fan, but the cheating comments are fascinating to me. Does anyone think they have been to 10 AFC championship games in Tom Brady’s career and cheated each of those 10 years? Spy gate was legit, framegate is BS, but basically they have one of the best QBs ever, a no nonsense coach who controls his players and game plans to his teams strengths and his opponents weaknesses which few coaches do.

    They just plain and simple have been better then everyone else.

  8. ricko1112 says: Mar 23, 2016 8:17 PM

    sdchicken says:
    Mar 23, 2016 7:43 PM

    I’m not a patriots fan, but the cheating comments are fascinating to me. Does anyone think they have been to 10 AFC championship games in Tom Brady’s career and cheated each of those 10 years? Spy gate was legit, framegate is BS, but basically they have one of the best QBs ever, a no nonsense coach who controls his players and game plans to his teams strengths and his opponents weaknesses which few coaches do.

    They just plain and simple have been better then everyone else.
    _____________________________
    Let’s not get carried away with Spygate. That became a rule in 2007. 32 teams were caught doing it. 31 teams got quiet reprimands. NE, on the other hand, got creamed for filming a few minutes of the 1st half of a single game. From just a few feet out of position

  9. cinzano08 says: Mar 23, 2016 8:17 PM

    The patriot way begins with Brady and belicek. If you don’t have them it won’t work. Quinn needs a qb and a coach to be successful no matter what way you use.

  10. jag1959 says: Mar 23, 2016 8:45 PM

    As the last few SB winners have shown there are different ways to get it done on the field. Off the field though all three had excellent depth and very strong front offices. Lions fans have suffered long enough at the hands of a perennially lost brain trust. Hope for their sake that hiring Quinn and his remaking of the roster are their first steps out of the wilderness.

  11. sfm073 says: Mar 23, 2016 8:49 PM

    I’m not a fan of the Patriots, but teams have been trying to replicate the patriots for a decade now and how’s that going?

  12. staffordsyear says: Mar 23, 2016 8:49 PM

    I dont care what you call it, just deliver Detroit a Super Bowl.

  13. brianyourwordsarehurtful says: Mar 23, 2016 8:56 PM

    That formula sounds pretty much like the Patriot way to me, Bob. But you make it your own, Brother!

    And I am another Pats fan wishing Quinn, the Lions, and their long-suffering fans some real success. I would love to see the silver and blue in the Super Bowl!

  14. vikingf0rlife says: Mar 23, 2016 9:09 PM

    It’s the Lions, 0-16 way!

  15. lukedunphysscienceproject says: Mar 23, 2016 9:11 PM

    The fact that Quinn is not bringing the Patriot way to Detroit must be disturbing news to the Lions front office, whom most likely hired him under the assumption that that was exactly what he was doing.

  16. dreemeagle says: Mar 23, 2016 9:11 PM

    in an arena where prevarication and subterfuge are the rule, the Patriots stand out as lying cheating dogs;

    they were clearly not the better team in two of the first three Super Bowls they “won” by cheating embarrassingly blatant even by NFL standards;

    rules have been changed–if not rigged–to accommodate them, whereas others (see reports, injury) have been disgustingly selectively enforced;

    yes, Brady is a great QB and Belichick is a warlock–er, wizard;

    however, almost any team in the NFL would win with anything near so unfair advantage–see Broncos, Denver, Ravens, Baltimore, Steelers, Pittsburgh, Packers, Green Bay, Cowboys, Dallas…

  17. ocgunslinger says: Mar 23, 2016 9:40 PM

    Belichick always seems to find some unknown who has been cut a few times or was in the wrong system, or mid round draft picks, brings them in and mostly they become solid contributing players.

    Love them or hate them but the SeaHawks have a really solid GM and Coach as well and will be contenders for years now.

  18. tedmurph says: Mar 23, 2016 9:54 PM

    That’s just a great hire for the Lions

  19. koolaid69 says: Mar 23, 2016 9:56 PM

    Just don’t turn Detroit into cheaters Bobby Q, ok?

  20. paulrevereshorse1775 says: Mar 23, 2016 9:59 PM

    sdchicken says:
    Mar 23, 2016 7:43 PM
    I’m not a patriots fan, but the cheating comments are fascinating to me.

    ———-

    As a Patriots fan, I get it. Since before the rise of social media, the Patriots have been a dominant team. Social media has provided an avenue for elevating trash talking to a new level. In way, we have been in an advantageous position, with respect to trash talking, for a long tine, and certainly some of our fans have abused that position.

    The cheating comments are a means to retaliate. The things some people write are so far from the truth that they border on ridiculous and i doubt the commenter even believes what he/she has written, but they write it to crank us.

  21. whatjusthapped says: Mar 23, 2016 10:14 PM

    So the Lions will not film other teams practices, will not hire ball boys with nicknames like “The Deflator” and will not lie about things when they get caught. Ok, got ya.

  22. jagsfan1 says: Mar 23, 2016 10:30 PM

    Ever notice how easy the Pats schedule is EVERY year?
    Ever notice how many times they actually ever play another GOOD team that the game is in NE…and it is the 2nd straight AWAY game for the other team?

    From day 1 of every season – for some reason – the NFL puts the odds in NE favor…

    Would NE EVER play Seattle or Arz? If they ever even did play them…would NE EVER have to play them on the road….for the 2nd week in a row?

    NFL is a fraud

  23. themayorofrealville says: Mar 23, 2016 10:33 PM

    Arrogant much Bobby?

  24. ohand16 says: Mar 23, 2016 10:35 PM

    Tom Brady did NOTHING wrong!

  25. leef2020 says: Mar 23, 2016 11:09 PM

    Well, as long as it isn’t the ‘Millen way’, ‘Mayhew way’ or ‘William Clay Ford II way’, I think they stand a chance of being good.

  26. orivar says: Mar 23, 2016 11:13 PM

    I believe McDaniels tried that in Denver. It didn’t work.

  27. ibillwt says: Mar 23, 2016 11:25 PM

    If he brings to Detroit only 5% of the greatness of our Our Great New England coach, the greatest of all time, then your hour of deliverance is at hand.

  28. suhmonster90 says: Mar 23, 2016 11:26 PM

    Congrats MDS on a Lions article with no slam. We haven’t seen what Quinn has yet but it could be an exciting change.

  29. ebdug says: Mar 23, 2016 11:51 PM

    Sounds tough now. In 2 years they’ll find him in a corner of his office, sucking his thumb in the fetal position.

  30. artworkworld says: Mar 24, 2016 12:13 AM

    The awesomeness of the comment is that it is totally the Patriot way to say it. I’m interested to see how he does.

  31. vltrophy14 says: Mar 24, 2016 9:43 AM

    The closest Detroit will ever get to a Super Bowl is when they hosted it a few years ago

  32. boyso3 says: Mar 24, 2016 10:11 AM

    sdchicken
    Mar 23, 2016, 7:43 PM EDT
    I’m not a patriots fan, but the cheating comments are fascinating to me. Does anyone think they have been to 10 AFC championship games in Tom Brady’s career and cheated each of those 10 years? Spy gate was legit, framegate is BS, but basically they have one of the best QBs ever, a no nonsense coach who controls his players and game plans to his teams strengths and his opponents weaknesses which few coaches do.

    They just plain and simple have been better then everyone else.

    Perfectly stated. I just wish there were more fans like you and steelerben that actually take the time to read and understand everything before making comments. I’m glad to see you haven’t fallen for Goodell’s crap.

  33. nhpats says: Mar 24, 2016 11:10 AM

    sdchicken says:
    Mar 23, 2016 7:43 PM
    I’m not a patriots fan, but the cheating comments are fascinating to me. Does anyone think they have been to 10 AFC championship games in Tom Brady’s career and cheated each of those 10 years? Spy gate was legit, framegate is BS, but basically they have one of the best QBs ever, a no nonsense coach who controls his players and game plans to his teams strengths and his opponents weaknesses which few coaches do.

    They just plain and simple have been better then everyone else.

    —————-
    #TheHaters can never admit this to themselves. Doing so would force them to accept that their team’s lack of success in because their owner, GM and coach have failed them. In some cases they have failed them for decades. It’s much easier to assume someone else has been cheating.

  34. tylawspick6 says: Mar 24, 2016 11:49 AM

    As a Pats fan, it’s true that the results expected by replicating Belichick’s brilliance as GM and coach is not going to happen, especially without a legit QB (Stafford is legit, just needs more playoff experience), but the approach is key.

    In other words, don’t do this:

    1. Botch drafts.
    2. Overpay in FA just because you feel you need to excite your fanbase and sell extra tickets.
    3. Do not rush the teambuild process. Think the embarrassing NY Jets continued mistakes.

    If you’re not close to a SB contender, don’t pretend you are.

    Take 2-3 offseasons, nail your drafts, develop and then pounce on FAs under your cost control.

    That’s pretty much what Bob Quinn and Jon Robinson in Tenn need to be doing to have a shot.

    In 3 years, both Detroit and Ten will be very competitive if the owners stay out of their way.

  35. dansardo says: Mar 24, 2016 5:33 PM

    Yup, the only reason the pats go to a SB one an average of about every 2 years is because they cheat. And the only reason they are successful even when they don’t make the SB is that they cheat. Any team would be as successful as them if they only were willing to cheat.

    And we know no other team would do that….well you know except for the instances of cheating every team in the league has done in the past

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