Analyst Names Bob Quinn Worst General Manager In NFL

"It’s going to take a big thinker to turn things around."

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July 23, 2020 - 3:19 pm

From nine wins in each of his first two seasons, to nine over the past two combined, Bob Quinn has fallen out of favor as general manager of the Lions. Along with head coach Matt Patricia, he enters the 2020 season with his job on the line. 

Where does Quinn rank among the NFL's 30 GM's with at least one year of experience on the job? 

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Dead last, according to NFL analyst Patrick Daugherty of NBC Sports. 

"Do you have strong feelings about Bob Quinn? Does anybody? Where are the impact players?" Daugherty writes. "Where is the plan other than cycling through people Bill Belichick allowed to walk in free agency? Why was Jim Caldwell fired after back-to-back 9-7 seasons only to be replaced by Belichick’s least impressive mini-me, Matt Patricia?"

In five years at the helm, Quinn can point to one draft pick he nailed: Kenny Golladay in the third round in 2017. His moves in free agency haven't been much better. And the biggest decision of his tenure -- hiring Patricia to replace Caldwell -- has so far flopped. 

Add it all up, and it's not such a surprise the Lions have finished last in the NFC North two years in a row. Daugherty doesn't see that changing anytime soon. 

"Quinn continues to overinvest in the running game. To a comical degree — Trey Flowers, Duron Harmon, Justin Coleman, Danny Shelton, Danny Amendola and literally eight others — Quinn only seems interested in ex-Patriots on the trade and free agent markets. How about instead of co-opting someone else’s identity, you create your own? This is the Detroit Lions. It’s going to take a big thinker to turn things around. Quinn only seems capable of copying someone else’s thoughts."