O’Brien was hired by previous general manager Bob Quinn first as the director of player personnel before earning a promotion to his most recent position a year later. Essentially, O’Brien was the No. 2 in the Lions’ player acquisition team behind Quinn.
However, now that the Lions have a new general manager in Brad Holmes and a restructured front office that includes an assistant general manager position (Ray Agnew) and a senior personnel executive (John Dorsey), there wasn’t much room for O’Brien to fit under the current administration.
While O’Brien will part ways with the team, the Lions still do have a couple of holdovers in the personnel department from the previous regime. Lance Newmark, who has actually been with the team since 1998, remains the team’s director of player personnel—a position he was promoted to by Quinn. Additionally, senior VP of football and business administration Mike Disner actually received a promotion this offseason after serving as the team’s cap guru under Quinn. Dave Sears and Rob Lohman also remain the teams’ directors of college and pro scouting, respectively.