Bob Quinn shouldn’t be making major decisions if he’s out in 2021

Detroit Lions president Rod Wood, General Manager Bob Quinn (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)
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 After a 2020 playoff contention mandate and a rough start, the Lions shouldn’t trust Quinn to make the best long-term decisions for this franchise alone.

The Detroit Lions are 1-3 a quarter of the way through the season and even with a healthy quarterback Matthew Stafford, this is the worst start in the ‘Quinntricia’ era. If the losing status-quo for this regime continues, it should mean both head coach Matt Patricia and general manager Bob Quinn will be fired.

We know this because that’s what Lions ownership inexplicably told the entire whole world … sometimes I wish someone could give the Ford’s a winning mandate as well. One of the most short-sided power moves NFL owners make is giving winning mandates to their general managers.

This changes the GM’s objective from making the best move for the organization to making the best move to save my job and win a couple more games right now. Often losing both short and long-term success, because well, if your GM was good at roster moves he wouldn’t have had a winning mandate to begin with.

The moment you know your general manager is no longer on the docket for next year you have to cut bait, especially when he also knows he’s not on the docket.

Quinn knowing he has to win now or he gets canned, why would he ever make a move, even the smart ones, if it means selling now-stock for future-stock? Knowing it could cost him that sweet, sweet NFL general manager paycheck. Moral obligation? Please.

Letting Quinn compound a problem he created in the first place with even less flexibility is emotionally detrimental to the long-term success of the Detroit Lions.