We’re just over a week from the beginning of the regular season, and that means it’s time to set a baseline for the popularity of the Detroit Lions’ front office.
This will be one of the busiest week from general manager Bob Quinn. Hot off of negotiating a new contract from quarterback Matthew Stafford, Quinn now holds the unenviable task of trimming Detroit’s roster from 86 (currently) to 53 in a matter of just three days.
But his job doesn’t end there. He’ll also have to build a 10-player practice squad starting on Sunday, put in waiver claims for players cut from other teams, and he could always have a trade up his sleeve in the next few days. This could be a week for Quinn to really shine.
We last checked in on Quinn’s popularity back in early June. The Lions were under a bit of heat about the way Calvin Johnson was treated during his last few days as a Lion, but Quinn’s approval rating was still at a strong 93 percent. Here’s a look at where his approval rating has been since joining the team in January of 2016.
June 2017: 93 percent approval
April 2017: 97 percent approval
February 2017: 93 percent approval
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
Since then, the biggest move Quinn has made was inking Stafford to the aforementioned five-year deal earlier this week. That was a monumental move for the young general manager, especially given that the disastrous negotiations of Ndamukong Suh were still fresh in the mind of Lions fans.
But it hasn’t all been good for Quinn. Yet another former Detroit Lions player, DeAndre Levy, filed a grievance against the team, accusing them of falsifying a physical so that they could release him without an injury settlement. It’s unclear whether Levy is being completely truthful and what kind of role Quinn played in these events, but it definitely is a bad look.
Additionally, Quinn’s failure to make big improvements in the defensive line may already be haunting the Lions general manager. Injuries to Kerry Hyder, Brandon Copeland and Jordan Hill have left them extremely shorthanded along the front four, and the season hasn’t even started yet.
Still, Quinn has managed to keep a very positive image throughout it all and has the trust of the majority of Lions fans.
Do you still trust him? Do you think the Lions are on the right path? Vote below.
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