The thing that impressed me about Holmes was how he played the hand he was dealt in LA. Because he wasn’t the GM there, only a college scouting director, we can’t say for sure who to credit. But I don’t think its going out on a limb to say he was a big part of draft decisions in his role. And the guy didn’t have a first round pick from 2017 to 2019, highest picks in three consecutive drafts were 44, 89, and 61, and in those three drafts came away with a haul that would make many teams happy that had a first round pick.
But Quinn was not that bad at the draft sans some stupid 2nd round picks (and I still hold it against him that he couldn’t trade out of the Okudah spot pick with 2 QBs going the next three picks). He made a terrible decision to fire Caldwell to hire Patricia and IMO that more than anything cost him his job.
Really? I don’t remember that in April of 2020. He asked to be traded once all the coaches got fired and he didn’t want to go through another rebuild. In April 2020 when they drafted Okudah, they were in win now mode still.
I would have drafted Lamar Jackson and Tua. Well not both of them, only Lamar, but you know what I mean. I believe in spending picks on QB far more than the Lions do. Hell if I got 2 of them, I can trade one of them. I would have drafted Lamar and he would be our QB right now. Yeah, I think we would be in better shape than Ragnow. Just a wee bit.
And last year I would have drafted Sam Howell. Not the Lions though. They like to be crappy at QB. Goff or bust. God help us if he gets hurt.
“Their union in Detroit is an arranged marriage, as the organization held parallel coach and GM searches. Holmes was hired last Thursday, after the Lions finished their first round of coaching interviews.”