Lions GM Quinn draws praise from Patriots' Brady

Justin Rogers
The Detroit News
Lions general manager Bob Quinn, center.

Houston – Tom Brady has plenty on his plate this season, you know, pursing a fifth Super Bowl ring and all. But the New England Patriots quarterback kept tabs on the Detroit Lions and was pleased with the success Bob Quinn had in his first season as general manager of the franchise.

Prior to coming to Detroit, Quinn spent 16 years in New England, starting as a low-level personnel assistant and working his way up to director of pro scouting. He was with the team Brady’s entire career.

“I like Bob a lot,” Brady said. “Bob and I always had a lot of conversations. He’s in Detroit now and got a great opportunity and there’s a few other guys from our team have gone there. We’ve always kept in touch and I obviously wish them the very best.

“They had a great season this year and they have some very talented people there that I was very fortunate to know when they were with the Patriots that are now at Detroit. Hopefully they can keep building.”

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The Lions went 9-7 in Quinn’s first season, making the playoffs before being ousted by the Seattle Seahawks in the wild-card round.

And as Brady noted, Quinn brought along a handful of former Patriots employees, including strength coach Harold Nash, chief of staff Kevin Anderson, a couple scouts and safety Tavon Wilson.

Wilson, a former second-round pick, had the best season of his career in Detroit. He started 14 games, recording 89 tackles, a sack and two interceptions.

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