The Detroit Lions have reportedly extended the contract of general manager Bob Quinn, and it now matches their new head coach’s deal in length.
On Friday, the Detroit Lions sent a clear message to their fans. The franchise once known for their instability is making an unabashed commitment to continuity for the foreseeable future. The Motor City wants to do things the right way. And therefore, they have extended the contract of general manager Bob Quinn.
According to ESPN NFL insider Adam Schefter, the Lions have signed Quinn to an extension that will keep him with the organization for the next five years. That deal happens to match the five-year contract new head coach Matt Patricia inked when he joined Detroit officially on Monday, according to Schefter.
In the securing of both Quinn and Patricia, the Lions usher in an era of organization stability and clearly have a long-term plan in place to try and bring postseason success to a franchise that hasn’t seen it in 25 years.
The first steps of this changing of the guard in Detroit have already been implemented with numerous coaching changes happening this week, including the hiring of Paul Pasqualoni as the team’s new defensive coordinator.
On Friday, Bo Davis was hired as Detroit’s defensive line coach as the fast and furious nature of these announcements is due to the delayed hiring of Patricia, who had to fulfill his commitments as the New England Patriots’ defensive coordinator during the Super Bowl on Sunday.
Next up for the dynamic duo of Bob Quinn and Matt Patricia is the NFL Scouting Combine in late February. Then, there is free agency in March and the NFL Draft in April.
Although this is a club that went 9-7 last season and barely missed the playoffs, with today’s announcement of extending Quinn’s stay in Detroit to match Patricia, it means their fates have now been intertwined. They have been handed the keys to the kingdom. But they also have more than just a season or two to get things right.