Detroit Lions general manager Bob Quinn is about to face one of his biggest free agency periods of his young career. With a new head coach in tow, he must help build a roster that can compete right away. He’s clearly set the bar higher for this franchise; 9-7 is no longer enough. But his decisions over the next two months will play a pivotal role in accomplishing the team’s new goals.
So before we head into those crucial two months, let’s take a survey and see where Quinn’s popularity is at. It has been awhile since we’ve checked in with his approval rating, so here’s a quick recap since he joined the team back in 2016.
November 2017: 78 percent approval
October 2017: 82 percent approval
August 2017: 95 percent approval
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
When we last checked in, the Lions were beginning to slide, yet again, toward the end of the season. We were questioning some of the personnel moves he made all year, specifically with the defensive ends. But the majority of Lions fans were still in his corners. While his 78 percent approval rating was his worst in over a year, that’s still a pretty popular man for someone within the Lions organization.
Since then, I can only imagine he’s gotten even more well-liked. He fired head coach Jim Caldwell on New Year’s Day—a move that was overwhelmingly popular among Lions fans. He went out and hired the guy who was Detroit’s leading candidate from the get-go—something his predecessor Martin Mayhew wasn’t able to do with Ken Whisenhunt. And now he has a pretty well-regarded coaching staff heading into free agency.
That being said, not everyone was thrilled about Detroit’s coaching search. Some believe Quinn and Patricia were guilty of cronyism, favoring candidates they knew over more qualified coaches.
It’s an understandable position, but like all of Quinn’s hires, we won’t know whether they were the right move for another couple years.
But for now, do you approve of the job Bob Quinn is doing as the Detroit Lions general manager? Vote in the poll below:
Do you approve of the job Bob Quinn is doing as the Detroit Lions general manager?
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