Comparing the job openings
I found an article from SBNation, which ranks Detroit as the second best opportunity available in 2018. They parroted the same list of reasons to like the Lions job, as I did. The only job they listed above Detroit was the New York Giants position.
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I’ll take 29 year-old Matt Stafford to 37 year-old Eli Manning any day, and twice on Sundays. The Giants quarterback looks ready to retire, whereas Stafford is close to a decade younger.
In fact, other than perhaps Oakland, which has Derek Carr at quarterback (he’s 26), the Lions have the best quarterback situation to offer. The situation extends to some other key players like Darius Slay, who just earned his first Pro-Bowl appearance at cornerback.
How to get to the winner’s circle
Quinn has seen and partaken in winning the Super Bowl. Assuming that his knowledge of Patricia gives the hire a better chance to end with the Lions hoisting a Lombardi Trophy, what else needs to happen to beat elite teams?
Many volumes exist comparing the Lions and teams like Quinn’s former team. A few areas that just plain stick out are well documented.