Lions fire longtime scout Scott McEwen

Josh Katzenstein
The Detroit News

The Lions fired their longest-tenured scout Friday as new general manager Bob Quinn started to build his personnel department.

Scott McEwen, who joined the franchise in 1987, was fired Friday, according to league sources.

The sources requested anonymity because the Lions had not yet announced the dismissal.

McEwen became a senior personnel executive last May when the Lions altered some duties within their scouting department. He previously served as the team’s director of college scouting and set the Lions draft board under former GM Martin Mayhew.

Although the Lions called the move last year a promotion, McEwen became less involved in the draft process with Lance Newmark taking over as director of college scouting. McEwen had held that role since 2000.

Quinn is evaluating the entire scouting department and has already hired his new lieutenant as the Lions announced Friday morning the hiring of Kyle O’Brien as director of player personnel. O’Brien and Quinn worked together in New England for nearly a decade, and O’Brien spent the past three years as director of college scouting for Jacksonville.