Accorsi's Lions GM search: Short and succinct

Josh Katzenstein
The Detroit News
Ernie Accorsi interviewed three candidates for the Lions GM position.

The Lions’ national search for a new general manager resulted in just three interviews before the hiring of Bob Quinn, but the process was similar to other searches led by Ernie Accorsi, the former NFL GM the team hires as its consultant.

Quinn, the former director of pro scouting for the New England Patriots, agreed in principle to be the Lions GM, the team announced Friday night.

Before hiring Quinn, the Lions also interviewed Sheldon White, the longtime Lions personnel man who served as interim GM the past two months, and Kevin Abrams, the assistant GM for the New York Giants.

The Lions requested and received permission to interview Trent Kirchner, the co-director of player personnel for the Seattle Seahawks, but they never interviewed him for the job.

Accorsi has typically kept his candidate pool small while assisting teams. When he assisted the Chicago Bears last year, he interviewed four candidates before hiring Ryan Pace, the director of player personnel for the Saints at the time.

Chiefs director of football operations Chris Ballard, Texans director of player personnel Brian Gaine and Titans vice president of player personnel Lake Dawson also interviewed for the job.

Bob Quinn

The Atlanta Falcons also interviewed four candidates in their search led by Accorsi in 2008. They eventually hired Thomas Dimitroff, who had been the director of college scouting for the Patriots.

In addition to the four interviews, Atlanta had requested and received permission to interview then-Packers personnel men Reggie McKenzie and John Schneider, according to the Associated Press. McKenzie is now the GM for the Oakland Raiders, and Schneider is the GM for the Seahawks.

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Accorsi’s search for the Carolina Panthers in 2013 was his most expansive with five or six interviews. USA Today reported there were five interviews before the hiring of Dave Gettleman, but it’s unclear if the six, internal candidate Brandon Beane who is now Carolina’s assistant GM, ever interviewed.

The Bears hired Pace on Jan. 8, 2015, Panthers hired Gettleman on Jan. 9, 2013, and the Falcons hired Dimitroff on Jan. 13, 2008. So, the Lions’ timeline of hiring Quinn on Jan. 8 was similar to Accorsi’s other searches.

When Accorsi retired as GM of the Giants in 2007, Accorsi recommended Jerry Reese to be his replacement. The Giants hired Reese and he’s still the GM, but the team interviewed four in-house candidates as well as former Washington and Houston GM Charley Casserly, according to The New York Times.

However the process played out, the Lions found their man in Quinn, and now the new GM has several decisions to make about the team, including the status of coach Jim Caldwell.

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