Lions hire Mark Olson as regional scout

Josh Katzenstein
The Detroit News

Lions general manager Bob Quinn added another scout to his staff Friday.

The team announced the hiring of Mark Olson as a regional scout. He spent the past 18 years with the Atlanta Falcons.

Mark Olson worked with the Falcons for 18 years, most recently as national scout.

Olson was Atlanta’s national scout the past three years and previously worked as the team’s regional scout in the west and was a pro scout. He joined the

Falcons as a scouting assistant in 1998 after stints with Washington and Minnesota as well as Montreal in the Canadian Football League.

Although Olson didn’t work with Quinn in New England, there are still connections to the Patriots. Falcons GM Thomas Dimitroff, who took over in 2008, spent six years with Quinn in New England. Assistant GM Scott Pioli, who joined the Falcons in 2014, was with Quinn in New England for eight years and gave him his first full-time job in the NFL in 2001.