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Bob Quinn, Joe Mixon and the Kansas City Shuffle

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If it's lying season, did Bob Quinn tell the best lie?

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It’s that time of year again, football fans. The NFL offseason is in full swing and it’s time for general managers to take center stage. And no one is currently in the spotlight more than Detroit Lions general manager Bob Quinn.

Quinn spoke to the media from the NFL Combine on Wednesday and had a lot to say. Quinn spoke about the Lions’ need for playmakers on the defense and how he hadn't quite talked to Matthew Stafford about a new contract yet. But what really caught everyone's attention, was his comments about Oklahoma Running Back Joe Mixon.

If you're unfamiliar with Mixon, the running back went under fire in 2016 after a video of him striking Amelia Molitor in the face surfaced. Due to this, Mixon was rightfully not invited to the NFL Combine and in my opinion, shouldn't have a chance to play in the NFL.

On Wednesday, the media asked Quinn for his thoughts on Mixon not being invited. Quinn responded with, “It’s really disappointing that he’s not here. Personally I don’t think that’s real fair.”

Quinn also went on to say, “We’re leaving the door open on Joe.” This is where it gets interesting. If you have paid attention to the narrative the last two days, everything points to the Lions wanting Mixon. I believe this is no more than a Kansas City Shuffle—and a pretty good one at that.

What’s a Kansas City Shuffle, you ask? Well, for that you'll have to go straight to DVD and watch the 2006 Bruce Willis vehicle, “Lucky Number Slevin.” Seriously watch this. It's pretty good. Anyways, in the film the Kansas City Shuffle is explained as a con in which they look right and you go left.

Why the con? It's simple. The NFL offseason is commonly referred to as “lying season” by those who cover it. The idea is for front offices to keep their opponents guessing at all times. It's a ploy to get the players you want in free agency or the draft.

Perhaps the greatest Kansas City Shuffle I've ever seen happened to Joe Dumars. In 2003, the NBA saw one the best draft classes in history. The Pistons had the second overall pick and were looking at Carmelo Anthony, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh and more. Out of nowhere this Serbian kid named Darko flies up the board. A short time before the draft, word got out that the Nuggets wanted to trade up for him. Joe got all shuffled and picked Darko himself. The Nuggets got All-Star Carmelo Anthony.

Joe looked right, the Nuggets went left. On Wednesday, Quinn made everyone look right. Just look at the media. There isn't an outlet out there, including this one, that hasn't speculated that the Lions are potentially interested in adding Mixon. Heck, Quinn even said that Mixon was still on their draft board.

Everyone is paying attention. If you think GMs and scouts aren't paying attention to the media and what Quinn said, you're mistaken. There's a good chance that there are teams out there that have crossed the Lions’ name out in their notebooks. They bought in. They have the Lions figured out.

In reality, I doubt the Lions have any interest in Mixon at all. Everyone has been hoodwinked, bamboozled and had the wool pulled over their eyes. Or have they?

That’s just it. Nobody knows. I certainly don't. Remember this is the NFL offseason. It's easy to believe everything. It's also easy to believe nothing.

What I do know is this: If Quinn is telling the truth, this is bad. It's also the height of hypocrisy. When Quinn was hired, his initial stance was that the Lions would have zero tolerance for these types of actions. He has since walked back those comments, and after the Andrew Quarless signing and these Mixon comments, it’s hard to see his original policy as anything but a bald-faced lie.

This is a poor route to go for several reasons. At the end of the day, you're telling your female fans that all that matters is winning. You're saying it’s okay to assault another person as long as you have talent, and that is wrong and not at all the stance the fans of this team want the Lions to take.

At the end of the day, maybe I'm just hoping it's a lie. We're all looking right Bob. Please go left.