Detroit Lions, fans provide blueprint for 2020 uncertainty

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Bob Quinn, Detroit Lions
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Detroit Lions general manager

Bob Quinn, the vice president-general manager of the Detroit Lions, is on the hot seat after declining wins and mounting pressure after hiring a head coach without experience prior to arriving.

Quinn is in his fifth year at the helm and on his second coach after firing former head coach Jim Caldwell for failing to get the team past a 9-7, wildcard berth, ceiling. His hand-picked successor is a former co-worker and New England Patriots defensive coordinator, Matt Patricia.

Quinn was also a first-time general manager, although he helped to run the player personnel for the Patriots prior to arriving in Michigan.

He seems to have found some footing with his own people and the Patriots’ systems in place but is staring down the barrel of a poorly-stated, quasi-ultimatum. His head coach is 9-22-1 but he seems to be filling in the current roster with many players who fit their current scheme.

It almost seems like we’re saying that this situation has stabilized but the defensive coordinator is new this year, Cory Undlin, as is the special teams coordinator, Brayden Coombs. This perpetual flux of leadership is perhaps just a precursor to the whole front office being replaced again next year. Heaven help us if we have to go through another rebuild.

Then again, we could be stuck with all of them for a decade, who knows? That’s Detroit for you.