The Detroit Lions held a fan summit on Thursday night for a select number of season ticket holders. Rod Wood, Jim Caldwell and Bob Quinn were all in attendance at the event which featured a meet-and-greet, a tour of the locker room and, most importantly, a Q&A session with the fans. During this session, which lasted a full hour, the faces of the Lions took questions on roster building, new jerseys, cheerleaders and wi-fi, among many other topics. Here are the highlights:
We start with what Rod Wood called one of the most popular questions he has received: will the Lions ever get cheerleaders? Wood answered with a resounding...maybe. "[Cheerleading] is not off the table and I'm taking strong consideration," Wood said at the summit.
Wood confirmed the Lions will be wearing a color rush jersey in 2016. But he also dropped an interesting nugget about a change coming in 2017:
From Lions Member Summit: Rod Wood said for 2017 they expect minor uniform updates as well as a throwback uni & a different color rush color— Tori Petry (@sportstori) April 1, 2016
The Lions appear to be very aware they have a wi-fi problem at Ford Field and will be working to fix it going forward:
Wood very clear that Lions understand they have a WiFi problem and they are working hard at fixing them. Willing to spend to fix it.— Scott Warheit (@swarheit) March 31, 2016
Quinn actually seems quite pleased with the offensive line as it is right now. "I wouldn't say it's a level of concern," Quinn said, but added that it's still a position he'd like to upgrade. He pointed to the draft as a place where the Lions can add talent and depth for the offensive line.
Regarding Geoff Schwartz, Quinn sees the newest Lion as primarily a guard, but with potential to play backup.
Hiring Bob Quinn
Wood pointed out that owner Martha Ford traveled to meet with Quinn during the interview process and has been meeting daily with Wood himself.
Wood also said that Ernie Accorsi, who was key in helping the Lions hire a new general manager, believed Quinn was the best GM interview he had ever bore witness to.
Surprisingly, Caldwell did not back down from the Lions' much-maligned playoff banners that current sit atop Ford Field. "We kind of like those things up there," Caldwell said, admitting, "we hope to have 15 or 20 more in a short period of time, plus the ultimate one."