For the most part, Detroit Lions fans are relatively happy with the job general manager Bob Quinn has done managing the team’s roster over the past three years. Last time we polled the audience, Quinn had a 76 percent approval rate just before the start of free agency. That number has likely gone up even more (we’ll see tomorrow) after the acquisition of Trey Flowers, Jesse James and Justin Coleman in free agency.
Apparently, not everyone is impressed with the job Quinn has done. NFL.com’s Gregg Rosenthal ranked all of the NFL general managers, and the former Patriots personnel advisor came in at 21st. While that may not seem all that bad, that number is actually only out of 25, since Rosenthal did not count the seven GMs that have only been on the job since 2017.
“The offensive and defensive lines have potential, but overall, this is a roster that ranks roughly around average without much potential to be great,” Rosenthal states. “That’s where this Lions organization has lived for a while.”
While Rosenthal has a point that Quinn has struggled to find big playmakers in his three years on the job—and Quinn admitted as much this offseason—2019 could be a year in which the Lions GM puts those doubts to bed. He already added a few defensive playmakers in free agency, and this season is lining up to be breakout seasons for both Kenny Golladay and Kerryon Johnson.
It’s still somewhat early to say anything definitive about Quinn’s career in Detroit, but it does seem a bit insulting to put him below a guy like Dave Gettleman, who has lost all goodwill in New York just a year on the job there.
- Congratulations to our own Kent Lee Platte, who had a segment on New York local news about RAS and football analytics. Watch it below:
- Detroit News’ Justin Rogers has eight likely options for the Detroit Lions with the eighth overall pick.
- Kelly Stafford provided an update on the tough road of her rehabilitation. Hopefully things improve soon:
An update from Kelly Stafford, wife of Matthew, who underwent a 12-hour operation to remove a brain tumor on Wednesday pic.twitter.com/vqYhjPpPVY— kyle meinke (@kmeinke) April 22, 2019
- After initially opening as a pick’em game, the Lions are now favored by a point in their Week 1 matchup against the Cardinals.
- Is a linebacker in play for the Detroit Lions’ first-round pick? ESPN’s Todd McShay thinks both Devin Bush and Devin white could go in the top 10 of the draft.
- Lions running back Mark Thompson had a very scary situation over the weekend on his way back to Detroit for some offseason workouts:
Was just on a @Delta plane from Philadelphia to Detroit and the left engine blew mid air. Most terrifying moment of my life and the worst part was I was in the exit row ♂️. Thank God for a safe landing.. could be worse I could be dead.. ♂️— Mark Thompson (@InMarkWeTrust) April 21, 2019
- ESPN listed the most impactful draft-day trades for all 32 franchises. Unsurprisingly, the Lions’ trade is a bit depressing.