The Detroit Lions hosted their annual Season Ticket Member Summit Monday evening at Ford Field.
Team president Rod Wood, general manager Bob Quinn and head coach Matt Patricia were all on hand to take questions from the fans in attendance.
One of the subjects they covered was the decision to make a change at offensive coordinator and hire Darrell Bevell to fill the role.
“I just think that was a really good move for us,” Patricia said. “I think it’ll help us push the offense in a direction where we do need to be a little bit more ball control at times. We need to understand how to play a complementary game in all three phases, which is what we’re doing right now ... and we do understand we have to go out and acquire some more talent and help us out from a skill set standpoint.”
Bevell, along with defensive coordinator Paul Pasqualoni and special teams coordinator John Bonamego also took part in a panel session at Monday's event. Bevell said it's hard to describe his plans for the offense right now because he likes to build on the players he has and what they do well.
“Hopefully, it’s one that scores points,” Bevell said with a grin, when asked what his offense will look like. “That’s the first thing we need to do. Right now it’s still something that we’re trying to build. It’s easy to say what we want to do in the run game and what we want to do in the pass game, but we need to build around our players.”
ROSTER SHUFFLING BEGINS
With free agency and the draft not too far off, the Lions started making some adjustments to their roster this week.
They re-signed linebacker Steve Longa, defensive end Mitchell Loewen and long snapper Don Muhlbach. They also announced the release of wide receiver Bruce Ellington, linebacker Nicholas Grigsby and safety Glover Quin.
Quin has [been one of the Lions' starting safeties](been one of the Lions' starting safeties) since he was brought in via free agency in 2013. He started every game for the team the last six seasons.
“We thank Glover for his countless contributions to the Detroit Lions during his six seasons with our team," general manager Bob Quinn said in a statement. "Since joining the organization in 2013, Glover exemplified everything it means to be a true professional in this league – as both a competitor on the field and a leading voice in the community. Coach Patricia and I have the utmost respect for him as a man and player, and we wish him nothing but the very best in the future.”
OTHER NOTEWORTHY ITEMS
- 338 prospects have been invited to the 2019 NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis.
- Linebacker Jarrad Davis has shown he's a special player, both on and off the field.
- Tim Twentyman takes a look at where the Lions currently stand at running back, and what they may be looking for in free agency and the draft.