Belichick: Quinn one of Patriots’ ‘foundation blocks’

The Detroit News

Patriots coach Bill Belichick, during a conference call on Monday, heaped praise on new Lions general manager Bob Quinn and the work he did as the Patriots’ director of pro scouting.

Quinn, who had worked for the Patriots since 2000 when he was hired as a player personnel assistant, was formally introduced Monday afternoon as the Lions’ GM.

“Of course I’m happy for Bob,” Belichick said on the conference call, according to a report from the Boston Herald. “He’s done a great job for us. Really one of the foundation blocks from the last decade and a half. He’s done a lot of things, been a lot of things for us, both pro and college. But it’s a great opportunity for him. It’s a great organization.”

Belichick said he had been in touch with Lions consultant Ernie Accorsi during the search for a new GM. Belichick in the 1970s was a Lions assistant.

“I was in that organization for a couple years when the late Mr. (William) Ford and Martha were there, and that’s certainly a first-class operation,” Belichick said on the call. “I spoke with Ernie a couple times over the process, and I know he’s been involved. I’ve worked with Ernie and have a lot of respect for Ernie. I’ve known Ernie the entire — all the way back to when I was in Baltimore. I’ve known him throughout my career in the National Football League. Great organization.

“I’m happy for Bob, great opportunity for him. Other than when we see him, which isn’t very frequently, I wish him and the Lions all the best.”