Detroit Lions’ GM Bob Quinn: Savior or just another false prophet?
In his second season as general manager, does Bob Quinn represent the best chance the Detroit Lions have had at winning a Super Bowl in decades?
In January of 2016, the Detroit Lions hired Bob Quinn to become their newest general manager. Quinn had spent the better part of 15 years working for the New England Patriots. And the young executive hoped to bring that championship pedigree to Detroit.
Quinn’s first obstacle as the Lions’ GM: Find a replacement for superstar wide receiver Calvin Johnson, who up and retired at the age of 30. No easy task.
During his two offseasons in Detroit, Quinn has brought in several key free agents including wide receiver Marvin Jones Jr., guard T.J. Lang and tackle Ricky Wagner. The Lions have also put together two solid draft classes, with last year’s top pick, left tackle Taylor Decker, earning rave reviews during his rookie season.
And when Decker was injured this offseason, Quinn was quick to bring in veteran tackle Greg Robinson via a trade with the Los Angeles Rams to fill the need.
Quinn has seemingly made all the right moves since talking the helm in Detroit. And he may actually represent the best chance this Lions’ team has at winning a Super Bowl in decades.
"“And then there’s Bob Quinn. The second-year general manager may be the biggest glimmer of hope for Lions fans, and that’s largely because 1) he hasn’t had enough time, and 2) he’s not Matt Millen or a Matt Millen hire,” wrote Brian Manzullo for the Detroit Free Press. “But he has put together a couple solid draft classes and has worked to address some big team needs, particularly up front, so we’ll see where that takes them.”"
Quinn still has plenty of work to do. The Lions’ rushing attack and lack of pass rush both still need to be addressed. And there are some big looming contract decisions ahead including ones for quarterback Matthew Stafford and pass rusher Ziggy Ansah.
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So it’s a case of so far, so good for the first time NFL general manager. But only time will tell if Bob Quinn really is the Detroit Lions’ savior…or just another in a long line of false prophets.