If the future is change, don’t mortgage it
So the truth of the matter is that it is incumbent on Sheila Ford Hamp to make a conscious choice about how far she will allow this regime to go to contend this season.
Hamp needs to sit down and decide which way she is leaning in regards to the future of Quinn and Patricia. Because if she is in any way, shape or form leaning towards not bringing them back, then she needs to inform Bob Quinn that he won’t be trading off draft capital in order to get help for this season.
If she believes at this point that she will be keeping the Quinn/Patricia regime intact, then she should support any moves they can make to improve these Lions and give them a fighting chance.
It simply becomes a matter of Sheila’s philosophy as the Lions’ ultimate decision-maker. Because whatever she empowers Bob Quinn to do will affect the future of this franchise.
If she is strongly considering cleaning house, then any draft picks that have been shipped off to serve the purpose of this regime will only set the next regime back further.
Now if Hamp makes a change at seasons end and actually gets a savvy general manager, then he will create more draft capital as he moves players that don’t fit into his vision of the future, but it’s not like the Lions have that many players other teams would have interest in acquiring.
Perhaps one of the most valuable assets would be rookie running back D’Andre Swift, but one might think a new regime would like him to be one of their building blocks. Especially if it was decided to parole Matthew Stafford and turn the reigns over to a young or inexperienced quarterback.
In that case, a productive running back would be that quarterbacks best friend to help take pressure off him.
At this point, none of us truly know for sure what Hamp will do when the season is over, but she has to make sure she has a game plan of her own. If she believes the future of the Lions is better off in the hands of another general manager and head coach, then she should be doing her homework to be prepared to find that next regime.
Sheila Ford Hamp should also be ready to give them every asset they need to try to turn this long-standing dumpster fire we call the Detroit Lions around as well, by not allowing Bob Quinn to mortgage the future today.