Detroit Lions GM Bob Quinn made his annual appearance for his postseason presser. We’ll discuss his media session and the implications going forward.
If you listened to Detroit Lions general manager Bob Quinn’s end of year presser, you heard a passionate, competitive voice. After a 6-10 campaign, Quinn was honest about many of the issues that have plagued his team and some things that went right for the Lions this year in his roughly 40-minute media session.
What we want to discuss today is where the team might be going based off of Quinn’s comments and his answers to the media’s questions. Let’s dig in.
Detroit Lions Bob’s big themes
Kick in the Crotch Weekly’s observations:
In his opening remarks, (link to presser here) he did what you would expect. Detroit Lions Bob Quinn said that he was not satisfied with the record of either of the last two years because his goal is playoffs and championships. As he did throughout the press conference, he spoke of evaluating everything after a short break to gain some clarity on what needs to happen going forward.
He spoke of his personal relationship with head coach Matt Patricia quite frequently, as well. In multiple responses, he talked of the process for getting better in different areas being a collaboration between himself and Patricia. Quinn described their relationship as close and that they speak often.
Another big theme was about roster talent, as you would probably expect. He spoke of the need for playmakers without mentioning any particular positions. Quinn also discussed moves that were discussed, and moves that were made like trading wide receiver Golden Tate at the trade deadline. More on that later.
The almost trade for Rob Gronkowski, the failed attempts to replace Eric Ebron, he had a sometimes you win, sometimes you lose attitude about trying to get a deal done. He mentioned that many calls were made regarding tight ends around the NFL and how the Lions might acquire one.
He used this situation from the last offseason to talk about how he is always looking to improve the team. Quinn did say that he has to have a long-term look and a short-term perspective to any move that he and Patricia are interested in making. Patricia and he discuss all moves and Bob was adamant that he would not go get a player that his coach didn’t want.