Bob Quinn
Executive Vice President and General Manager


Bob Quinn, hired January 11, 2016 as executive vice president and general manager, oversees the entire Lions’ football operations and reports directly to Owner and Chairman of the Board Martha Firestone Ford.

Bob Quinn, hired January 11, 2016 as executive vice president and general manager, oversees the entire Lions’ football operations and reports directly to Owner and Chairman of the Board Martha Firestone Ford.

During his introductory press conference in 2016, Quinn, who had spent the previous 16 seasons (2000-15) with New England, quickly set forth his vision: “Our culture will be one of great work ethic and no egos. We will create a working-class attitude throughout the organization. The city of Detroit, the state of Michigan are known for hard work. The Detroit Lions will have a culture of hard work. The auto industry is based on hard work and these fans deserve that.”

Quinn’s first season in the role of a franchise’s top football executive culminated in a playoff appearance, and he became the only first-year executive among nine in the NFL to accomplish this feat since the 2013 season. In doing so, Quinn also became the Lions’ first general manager to guide the team to the playoffs in his inaugural season since Nick Kerbawy in 1952.

Along with the nearly 40-percent changeover and upgrade to the team’s roster that he inherited, Quinn’s changes paid dividends in 2016 when the Lions finished 9-7 on the team’s way to the playoffs.

Entering his second season, Quinn’s ongoing commitment to improve all aspects of the club’s football operations has included restructuring the player personnel department and scouting evaluation processes; renovating the team’s weight room and practice fields along with other facility improvements; upgrading the team’s football information and video technology; and instituting a comprehensive nutritional program, which included the hiring of a performance dietician for the players.

The vast player personnel experience Quinn obtained with one of the most successful teams in NFL history provides the foundation for his belief that successful teams are built with rosters of outstanding depth. Over the past two seasons, Quinn has adeptly utilized a myriad of player acquisition and scouting resources to upgrade the team’s roster.

Among the talent he added in 2016 included WR Marvin Jones Jr., S Tavon Wilson and CB Johnson Bademosi, all of who made significant contributions to the Lions’ playoff run. Highlighting the 2017 free agent class are offensive linemen T Rick Wagner and G T.J. Lang, considered the top free agents at their respected positions.

His initial draft class in 2016 featured the selection of six linemen on offense and defense, the most linemen in a Lions draft since 1989 and the most ever in a seven-round draft. Highlighting last year’s draft class was the Lions’ first-round selection T Taylor Decker, who earned all-rookie honors in 2016. Additionally, DT A’Shawn Robinson and C/G Graham Glasgow would earn starting roles during their rookie seasons. 

Of the 12 playoff teams in 2016, no team had members of its draft class play more games (108) than the Detroit Lions.

In 2017, Quinn added to the talent pool with the selections of LB Jarrad Davis in the first round along with CB Teez Tabor and WR Kenny Golladay in Rounds 2 and 3, respectively.

During his time with New England, he served a variety of roles in the player personnel department, including Director of Pro Scouting from 2012-15 when the Patriots won Super Bowl XLIX and four-straight AFC East Division championships.

Prior to his stint as director of pro scouting, Quinn was the Patriots’ Assistant Director of Pro Personnel from 2009-12. He worked in college scouting as the team’s national scout in 2008 and as a regional scout from 2004-07. Quinn also served two seasons (2002-03) as a pro scout and two seasons (2000-01) as a player personnel assistant for the Patriots.

His tenure with the Patriots coincided with one of the most impressive stretches in NFL history—four Super Bowl titles, six AFC Championships, 13 AFC East titles, 12+ wins in a season 10 times and 10+ wins in 14 of his 16 seasons.

Including the Lions’ 2016 playoff berth, Quinn’s work in player personnel has produced 14 playoff appearances in the past 17 seasons.

Before his 16-year tenure started with the Patriots, Quinn was a graduate assistant in the athletic department at the University of Connecticut (1998-99). A native of Norwood, Mass., Quinn earned his master’s degree in sports management from UConn in 2000 and completed his undergraduate studies at UConn in 1998. Bob and his family live in suburban Detroit.

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