In a surprising move, the Detroit Lions announced that Ernie Accorsi would stay under the organization as a special advisor to team president Rod Wood.
Accorsi was hired in November to help assist in the general manager search for the franchise. It was presumed after the Lions finished their search, Accorsi would move on, as he has with other teams in the past.
Before being a team advisor, Accorsi had served as the general manager for Giants (1998-2007) and the Baltimore Colts (1982-1983).
Accorsi would not provide an update on Jim Caldwell's status as head coach:
Accorsi said Caldwell's future will be determined by Quinn and we'll have to ask Quinn about that.— Tim Twentyman (@ttwentyman) January 10, 2016
Accorsi's role is still unclear, but with Rod Wood unfamiliar with football decisions, having Accorsi as a
full-time advisor seems like a good move.
UPDATE: Accorsi explained his role a little more clearly with the media on Sunday:
Asked about his role, Accorsi starts off saying, "Well, I'm 74 years old." He'll be available for whatever Rod Wood needs.— Justin Rogers (@Justin_Rogers) January 10, 2016
Accorsi will not have an office at Ford Field or travel with the team. He's going to be more a phone consultant.— Justin Rogers (@Justin_Rogers) January 10, 2016