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What do we know about Bob Quinn?

Bob Quinn will reportedly become the next Detroit Lions general manager, but what do we know about him?

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The Detroit Lions appear to be hiring Bob Quinn as their next general manager, that much we know. But as we detailed earlier in the day, not much else is known about Bob Quinn. Very little has been written about Quinn's career, and even NFL insiders that aren't part of the New England Patriots' organization know little about Quinn:

So what do we know about the Lions new general manager? Here's a quick list:

1. His resume

Perhaps the most telling piece of information about Quinn is his job title progression as a member of the Patriots family. It goes as follows:

  • 2000-2001: Player personnel assistant
  • 2002-2003: Pro scout
  • 2004-2007: Regional scout
  • 2008: National scout
  • 2009-2011: Assistant director of pro personnel
  • 2012-2015: Director of pro scouting
  • After graduating with a master's degree, his entire career was spent with the Patriots.

    2. Gil Brandt likes him a lot

    In a story from The Detroit News, the former Vice President of player personnel for the Dallas Cowboys gushed over Quinn:

    "There’s nobody close to this guy as far as knowledge and ability to evaluate. He understands analytics, he understands the salary cap, and this guy, to me, is a superior evaluator of people and players."

    After news started to break that Quinn would become the Lions general manager, Brandt doubled down on his love for Quinn:

    3. Bill Belichick gave him as big of a compliment as Bill Belichick gives

    4. His high school nickname was "Quinny"

    5. Even Patriots fans don't know anything about him

    From the Patriots' subreddit:

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    Here's what Richard Hill, Managing Editor over at Pats Pulpit, had to say about Quinn:

    Quinn has done a fantastic job of rising through the ranks. The Patriots have made a habit of trading for players in the middle of the season so the Pro Scouting department deserves plenty of credit. Players like Akeem Ayers, Jonathan Casillas, Michael Williams, and Akiem Hicks have played huge roles over the past two seasons.