Bob Quinn: “Good football business” to acquire a young QB

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The Lions haven’t drafted a quarterback since they took Matthew Stafford with the first overall pick of the 2009 draft, but their new General Manager hinted at the end of that streak recently.

Bob Quinn worked for the Patriots before being hired in Detroit, so he was on hand when the Patriots used relatively early picks on Kevin O’Connell, Ryan Mallett and Jimmy Garoppolo to back up Tom Brady. He was also hired in 2000, which was the same year that the Patriots drafted Brady in the sixth round and a year before Brady took over for an injured Drew Bledsoe in a franchise-shifting move.

Quinn suggested the same might be in store for the Lions in this year’s draft.

“I think it’s really good football business to acquire a young quarterback every year or every other year,” Quinn said, via Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press. “There’s such a value in the position and nowadays in college football there’s a lot of spread offenses, which means it’s a lot different than pro football. So it takes these young quarterbacks time to develop. So if you can add a young quarterback every year or every other year to your roster, it’s good football business in my mind. So you have time to develop them, either on the practice squad or as a backup, before eventually them having to play in a game.”

The Lions appear to be looking at late-round prospects as opposed to making a second-day splash a la Garoppolo and Dan Orlovsky is back to serve as the No. 2 behind Stafford. Birkett reports Jake Rudock of Michigan (as mentioned, having a late-rounder from Ann Arbor on hand to step in for an injured first overall pick worked out for the Patriots), Kevin Hogan of Stanford and Blake Frohnapfel of UMass have popped up on the radar as possible additions to the depth chart.

8 responses to “Bob Quinn: “Good football business” to acquire a young QB

  1. Good football business includes brining in Big John Football for a healthy competition.

  2. Haven’t drafted a quarterback since the first round of the 2009 draft. So all they picks since have been used (but not well) to build the rest of the team.

  3. There is a huge difference between hate and respect (with dislike). Quinn has obviously learned some valuable lessons from the Pats. NE hasn’t stayed on the top because of poor coaching or evaluation. Sure they miss on some but their track record in the age of salary management has been exemplary. Building a team with depth is probably each teams biggest challenge. I see great things from the Lions in the next few years. Be patient watch what you spend and draft intelligently. That was a great hire….let’s see how it pans out in the next few years.

  4. Dan O is great in the film room but a disaster on the field. It wouldn’t hurt to have another backup in case Stafford goes down.

  5. It would be pure idiocy of all kinds to bring in Manziel. Good business is getting rid of the dummies and people who ruin your the culture you want to build. Only bring in guys who are going to build the culture positively.

  6. It’s good football business to acquire a young QB? Johnny Manziel was a young QB when the Browns drafted him. So Quinn’s statement doesn’t make any sense. What he’s really saying is the Lions’ old GM wasn’t as smart as he is. How many ex-Patriots have been hired as coaches, scouts, GMs, since Tom Brady has been in New England? Quite a few. How many of those have led their teams to championships since parting ways with Brady? Not many, if any. For that matter, Belichick wasn’t winning anything without Brady either. That doesn’t mean that all these folks aren’t great coaches, etc., but the winning in New England is 100% Tom Brady. It’s not some brilliant philosophy that they follow in New England. Nobody has succeeded elsewhere. Not one of them.

  7. sparty0n says:
    Apr 3, 2016 8:38 AM
    Haven’t drafted a quarterback since the first round of the 2009 draft. So all they picks since have been used (but not well) to build the rest of the team.

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    Hyzers is very very mad cuz of all the bad!!!

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