Detroit Lions: Bob Quinn shows resolve, driven to win in playoffs
Quinn discusses Stafford
Many questions revolved around Detroit Lions starting quarterback Matthew Stafford. Quinn’s answers were unequivocal. Matthew Stafford is the quarterback going forward regardless of his contract terms, or any other factors. Bob Quinn believes Stafford can win a Super Bowl.
When asked if he understands the perception of Stafford by people outside of his building, he stated that he did. Quinn was quick to point out that it was not Stafford’s best statistical year and that combined with a few of the specific losses, he could understand some frustration.
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Quinn acknowledged that Stafford’s ten years have not brought the accolades expected of a number one overall pick. All answers about the topic though, lead to stories of how hard Matthew Stafford is working behind the scenes to get better. They were about the kind of example he is to his teammates and all organization personnel and how he helps everyone get better.
Additionally, Quinn discussed the futures contract extended to former Oakland Raiders quarterback and Michigan State Spartan, Connor Cook. Quinn and his staff liked how Cook threw the ball during their shared scrimmages in the preseason and said that he watched him all season prior to claiming him. A main reason for the move is that backup Jake Rudock, who hasn’t been on the active roster most of the season, has turned down an offer from the Lions to stay in Detroit, per Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press.
Ultimately, Quinn put the onus on himself, the coaches, and the talent on the roster to be better and reiterated his belief that the Lions could win a Super Bowl with Stafford under center if he and others did their jobs. Quinn used the word tough to describe Stafford on multiple occasions. His words flowed easily, not like a man making it up on the fly; it was said with conviction.
For some fans, these responses may seem hollow or upsetting. KCW understands the frustration of watching literally almost every other team in the NFL get to a Super Bowl when we have won a single playoff game in the Super Bowl era.
Quinn was asked how he had improved the team? He thought for a moment and discussed the physicality of the team, especially up front along the lines. He discussed the goals of running the ball and improving the defense against the run, both areas he felt the team had made significant strides.
The issue of Matt Patricia’s implication in a sexual assault case was brought up to which Quinn described that parts of his office that do extensive background checks but that is not his job, personally. He stood by the statements he made as the story broke back in the Summer in support of Coach Patricia. Quinn also discussed the timeline of when he found out about the news.
Another line of questioning that was posed to Quinn was about the search for a new offensive coordinator and other staff changes. Although he didn’t seem in too much of a rush, he again said that he would support and give any resources to Patricia to choose the candidate. Offensive line coach Jeff Davidson is said to be helping Patricia in his coordinator search to mesh philosophy with the run game.