Detroit Lions formally announce changes to front office

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A couple moves have been reported and out there already, but the Detroit Lions officially announced a longer list of front office changes on Friday morning.

A day after former general manager Bob Quinn got a promotion from the Cleveland Browns, the Detroit Lions have announced some front office changes of their own.

"PLAYER PERSONNEL UPDATESLance Newmark – Senior Director of Player PersonnelBrian Hudspeth – Assistant Director of College ScoutingJoe Kelleher – Assistant Director of Pro ScoutingAdemi Smith – ScoutFOOTBALL OPERATIONS UPDATESMike Disner ­– Chief Operating OfficerBrandon Sosna – Senior Director, Football AdministrationGina Newell – Senior Director, Football OperationsJesse Giambra – Manager, Team Operations/Head Coach Administration"

Prior reports pointed to Disner’s promotion to Chief Operating Officer, and news of Sosna’s hiring away from USC got out last week via ESPN’s Pete Thamel. The remaining six moves announced were promotions from within, like Disner.

Here’s the full list of the Lions promotions from within.

Detroit Lions reward their own with personnel, football operations promotions

Mike Disner–Senior Vice President of Football and Business Administration to Chief Operating Officer
Lance Newmark–Director of Player Personnel to Senior Director of Player Personnel
Brian Hudspeth–National Scout to Assistant Director of College Scouting
Joe Kelleher–Pro Scout to Assistant Director of Pro Scouting
Ademi Smith-Personnel Assistant to Scout
Gina Newell–Director of Team Operations to Senior Director, Football Operations
Jesse Giambra–Coordinator of Team Operations to Manager, Team Operations/Head Coach Administration

The Lions rewarding a lot of their own people here is not surprising. The hiring of Sosna away from USC, where he apparently played a key role in the hiring of Lincoln Riley away from Oklahoma, feels noteworthy as the lone outside move to add another smart person to the mix.

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