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Thursday open thread: Who is to blame for the Lions’ mess?

Three years in and things still look the same

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I’m not sure if a bye week is a good thing or a bad thing.

On one side, the Lions could probably use a week to regroup and recuperate.

On the other side, it’s an extra week to sit and stew on the hot pile of garbage that has been the 2020 season so far.

And that brings us to today’s question of the day:

Who is to blame for the Lions’ mess?

My answer: Bob Quinn

The easy answer is Matt Patricia. And the more nuanced one is the players. But ultimately all the blame deserves to come down on Bob Quinn.

As many have done this week, it’s easy in retrospect to look back at the firing of Jim Caldwell and wonder “What was he thinking?!“ But at the time very few people disapproved of the idea.

After all, Quinn wanted to build the team, and the entire organization, around his mold.

And after three years with “his guys“ it’s just not working. And I suppose the Lions could turn around the season after the bye week. After all, they play an onslaught of losing teams coming up.

But overall it’s hard to sit back, look at this entire franchise, and say it’s in better shape in 2020 than it was in 2016. In a lot ways it looks a whole lot worse.

Your turn.