Bob Quinn has passed his one-year anniversary as the Detroit Lions general manager. It’s way too early to decide whether Martha Ford made the right decision by hiring Quinn, but at this point we have a pretty good sense of what kind of manager Quinn will be.
His first year certainly has had some ups and downs. Quinn seems to have done a very good job with his first draft. Taylor Decker was a slightly risky pick as the team’s new left tackle, but so far it has paid off. He also got contributions from eight of his ten selections in their rookie years, which is quite an accomplishment, even if it says more about the rest of the roster.
That being said, free agency was a little rough on Quinn. Marvin Jones didn’t quite pan out as some had hoped, nor did Stefan Charles. Guys like Jeremy Kerley, Stevan Ridley and Geoff Schwartz didn’t even make it to the final roster. The handling of Andrew Quarless was quite a mess. Still, Tavon Wilson, Johnson Bademosi and Rafael Bush were low-key signings that most would consider a success.
Before we start judging his first year, let’s take a look back at his approval ratings throughout the season.
December 2016: 96 percent approval
August 2016: 70 percent approval
June 2016: 86 percent approval
April 2016: 74 percent approval
February 2016: 72 percent approval
When we last polled Lions fans, Detroit was coming off the heels of a huge win over the Saints. Little did we know that the team was soon to fall off the map and stumble at the finish line. A 96 percent approval rating was probably a little too high for a fanbase drunk off of the Kool-Aid. It was also before Quinn made the costly Asa Jackson mistake.
So before Quinn starts making big moves in his second offseason with the Lions, let’s get a gauge on what you thought of his first year as the Lions general manager. Vote in the poll below and tell us why in the comments.