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Lions GM Quinn desperately needs a rebound, not a rebuild

Lions GM Quinn desperately needs a rebound, not a rebuild
Published On: Thu, Jan 10
Aug 17, 2018; Atlanta, GA, USA; Atlanta Falcons head coach Dan Quinn shown on the sidelines during the game against the Kansas City Chiefs during the second half at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

Based on the unrelenting noise, from rational to irrational, ita€™s all about Matthew Stafford. And when the Lions play their next game in eight months, it will be all about Stafford, for the 11th consecutive year trying to prove he can win anything.

But take a breath, just for a second. Because right now, ita€™s all about GM Bob Quinn, the man who repeatedly deflects pressure from his quarterback, and in the process plants it firmly on himself. Quinn emerged from the shadows last week and vowed to fix his 6-10 team, swearing he knows how to do it.

I say this without hysteria or inside info, but with logic: This might be Quinna€™s last best shot, entering his fourth season, to show he can do it, and he needs to treat it that way. I understand logic has never been a founding principle of the Lionsa€™ organization, but in todaya€™s NFL, evidence mounts and excuses wane. Teams with fewer resources than the Lions make big jumps every year.

Quinn needs to embrace the possibility with aggressive moves that deliver short-term benefits, not just long-term promises. He and Matt Patricia first must make a critical, inspired offensive coordinator hire, and no, it doesna€™t have to be someone from the Home of Wayward Patriots. The Lions have the No. 8 pick in the draft and about $30 million in cap space. They have options and flexibility, lots of it.

The Lions finished last in the NFC North, just like the Bears did a year ago with a 5-11 record. This season with first-year head coach Matt Nagy, the Bears won the division at 12-4 and were one clanked field-goal attempt away from advancing in the playoffs.

Am I suggesting a worst-to-first rebound for the Lions? Haha. How dopey do you think I am? (Please keep answers to yourselves).

But just because the Lions never, ever do it, doesna€™t mean we should absolve them from NFL realities. Dona€™t chalk up the Bearsa€™ rise to some fortuitous anomaly either. It happens all the time, in numerous forlorn places.

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