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Report: Lions looking to make huge move with their GM vacancy

John Schneider

The Detroit Lions are one of several teams looking for a new general manager this offseason, and they reportedly have their eye on a very big name.

The Lions are planning to pursue Seattle Seahawks GM John Schneider for their GM vacancy, Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports.

Schneider is one of the most respected executives in the NFL. He and Pete Carroll have built teams that got the Seahawks to two NFC Championship wins and a Super Bowl title. Seattle has an overall record of 111-63-1 since the two began working together.

However, as Rapoport Notes, Carroll has the final say over roster decisions. That means another team could interview Schneider under the NFL’s anti-tampering rules if the interested team offers Schneider full control. Because of that, more than one team is expected to express interest in Schneider.

Schneider has just one year remaining on his contract, while Carroll recently signed an extension that runs through the 2025 season.

The Lions are 5-10 this season and could be looking at a near total rebuild. They have already been linked to one other big-name executive, but you can understand why Schneider is their top target.

Radio analyst Jim Miller rips Lions’ shoddy defense

Detroit Lions logo

The Detroit Lions were taken apart on Saturday in the first half by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who put up 34 points. Detroit is 5-9, has a replacement coach filling in for their interim coach, and clearly has packed it in for the game.

Westwood One radio analyst Jim Miller noticed that and was extremely frustrated during the first half. According to ESPN’s Chris Mortensen, Miller compared the Lions’ defense to a sixth grade pick-up team.

The commentary is fitting. The Lions embarrassed themselves in the first half and that only continued in the second half.

If the team won’t even play for pride, then Miller is right to call them out for their shoddiness.

Here’s how bad the Lions’ first half was on Saturday

Detroit Lions logo

The Detroit Lions were definitely up against it facing the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Saturday, but even under the circumstances, it was shocking to see how bad they were in the first half.

The Lions trailed at halftime 34-0 as they were consistently torn apart by Tom Brady and the Buccaneers’ offense. In total, it was the worst first half performance by any NFL team from a defensive standpoint in a decade.

There are games where teams don’t get 410 yards of total offense, much less halves. Things were so lopsided that the Buccaneers simply sat Brady for the second half, bringing in Blaine Gabbert to see out the rest of the game while resting some regulars.

While few would have predicted it would get this bad, the Lions being flat isn’t exactly a shock. The major figures on their coaching staff are missing for this reason, and the team is looking ahead to 2021. That doesn’t excuse the performance, but there’s some context to how bad it is.

Darrell Bevell will not coach for Lions on Saturday due to COVID-19 protocols

The Detroit Lions have had to make some major temporary changes to their coaching staff this week due to COVID-19 protocols, and they will now have their third different head coach of the season on the sideline for Saturday’s game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Lions interim head coach Darrell Bevell has been deemed a high-risk close contact of someone who tested positive for COVID-19, so he will not be eligible to coach on Saturday. Wide receivers coach Robert Prince will take over as the interim head coach for the interim head coach.

The Lions provided a full breakdown of all the coaching changes:

Bevell is the first NFL head coach to have to miss a game this year due to COVID-19 protocols. We’ve seen it happen at the collegiate level with a prominent head coach, but this is the first time an NFL head coach has been effected.

The Lions are 5-9 on the season and out of playoff contention. They will be looking for a new head coach this offseason after they fired Matt Patricia.

Matthew Stafford could request trade if Lions want to rebuild?

Matthew Stafford

There has been a lot of talk about the Detroit Lions potentially trading Matthew Stafford this offseason, and his health and salary are viewed as the two biggest reasons the team might move on. Of course, it’s also possible that Stafford could be the one who wants out.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter said during an appearance on 104.3 The Fan in Denver on Thursday that the Lions remain open to the idea of trading Stafford, though it depends on who they hire as their next head coach and general manager. Schefter also said that Stafford has no interest in being part of a rebuild, so he may not want to remain in Detroit.

“Knowing what I know, I don’t think he’s gonna have the stomach to go through another rebuilding job,” Schefter said. “He might want to go on to play for a team that is ready to win right now or closer to winning than (the Lions) would appear to be.”

Stafford refused to commit to the Lions long-term recently when discussing his future with the franchise. He has two years left on his contract and a cap hit of just under $35 million next year and just under $28 million the following season. The 32-year-old has dealt with multiple injuries over the past few years, though he has showed toughness by playing through many of them.

The Lions haven’t been able to win consistently with Stafford, but he has thrown for 3,522 yards, 22 touchdowns and nine interceptions this season. There would likely be plenty of trade interest in him if Detroit wants to move him.

You can hear Schefter’s full comments below:

Scott Pioli to interview for Lions GM job

Scott Pioli

The Detroit Lions are looking for a new general manager, and former NFL Executive of the Year Scott Pioli is one of the names on their list.

Pioli will interview for the Lions general manager job next week, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports.

Pioli has more than 25 years of NFL front office experience. He last worked as the assistant general manager of the Atlanta Falcons from 2014 until he resigned last year. He worked for the Kansas City Chiefs, New England Patriots and several other teams before that.

Pioli, 55, has also served as an analyst for multiple networks and currently contributes at CBS Sports and NFL Network.

The longest stint Pioli spent with one team was with the Patriots from 2000-2008. He and Bill Belichick became the first personnel director-head coach duo in NFL history to win three Super Bowls during a four-year span. While Belichick has long been considered the GM of the Patriots, Pioli played a huge role in building multiple championship teams in New England.

The Lions are also planning to interview at least one other NFL analyst for their GM job. Pioli certainly has the resume to qualify for the position.

Frank Ragnow’s brother had funny comment about Lions C playing through fractured throat

Frank Ragnow

Frank Ragnow is one tough cookie, that’s for sure.

The Detroit Lions center suffered a fractured throat early in the team’s Week 14 loss to the Packers on Sunday. Yes, a fractured throat. Despite that, Ragnow did not miss any plays, allow a quarterback pressure, or sack in the game.

The news of Ragnow playing through the injury emerged on Wednesday. His brother Jack had a funny reaction and sarcastically downplayed things.

Frank is said to be able to eat and breathe, but he’s not supposed to talk. And even though he didn’t miss any time on Sunday, he could be out for the future.

Ragnow was a first-round pick by the Lions in 2018. He has only missed one game so far in his career.

ESPN’s Louis Riddick to interview for these two GM jobs

Louis Riddick

ESPN analyst Louis Riddick has been linked to NFL general manager jobs multiple times in the past, and it sounds like he is closer than ever to landing one.

Riddick has interviews lined up with two teams already, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter and Chris Mortensen. He will meet with the Houston Texans on Wednesday and Detroit Lions on Friday about their vacant GM jobs.

Riddick, who currently works alongside Steve Levy and Brian Griese in ESPN’s “Monday Night Football” booth, is also considered a candidate for at least one other GM job.

Riddick, 51, has not worked in an NFL front office since he was the director of pro personnel for the Philadelphia Eagles in 2013. He spent six years in a scouting role with the Eagles and seven in similar roles with Washington prior to that.

There have been several teams over the past few years that reportedly had interest in Riddick as a potential GM. It seems like 2021 could be when he finally ventures back into that line of work.

Tarik Cohen trolls Lions over missed kick while watching from home

Tarik Cohen

Tarik Cohen is out for the season after suffering a torn ACL back in September, but the Chicago Bears running back is still providing some great commentary while watching games from home.

Detroit Lions kicker Matt Prater missed an extra point early in his team’s game against the Bears on Sunday. Cohen, who knows plenty about being on a team with kicking woes, trolled Prater on Twitter.

“Feel so good to see another team miss kicks lmao,” Cohen wrote.

The Bears have had some serious kicking issues in recent years, most notably with this heartbreaking double-doink missed field goal that cost the team a playoff win in 2018.

A missed extra point is nothing compared to the problems the Bears had, but those painful memories are clearly still fresh on Cohen’s mind.

Matt Patricia and Bob Quinn fired by Lions

Matt Patricia

Once again, the Detroit Lions are cleaning house.

The organization confirmed Saturday that head coach Matt Patricia and general manager Bob Quinn have both been fired. The decision comes two days after a blowout 41-25 loss on Thanksgiving to the Houston Texans, which dropped the team to 4-7.

Offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell will serve as the team’s interim head coach.

Neither move comes as a huge surprise at this point. Patricia simply has not succeeded as the Lions’ coach. He departs with a record of 13-29-1 over parts of three seasons. He did not post a winning season or make the playoffs during his tenure.

Quinn took over as the Lions’ GM in January 2016. The team went 9-7 and made the playoffs in his first season, but have not done so since, with the record getting progressively worse during his tenure. In addition, Patricia was his hand-picked coaching hire after the firing of Jim Caldwell on the heels of a 9-7 season in 2017. The Lions have not put together a winning season since.

Ownership made clear that Quinn and Patricia were expected to deliver a contending team in 2020. They did not come close to doing so. Judging by comments made by the team’s most prominent player, the writing was very much on the wall.