Detroit Lions bringing in GM candidate Brad Holmes for 2nd interview
The Detroit Lions are making important strides in their search for a new general manager. The team has planned to bring in Brad Holmes, the director of the Los Angeles Rams college, for a second in-person interview, which a team source confirmed Tuesday afternoon.
Last week, Lions President and CEO Rod Wood said the team intends to recruit a finalist or two for the positions of general manager and head coach of the team before hiring them.
“As soon as I think we pick a finalist or two for either position, we will definitely meet with them in person,” said Wood.
Holmes, one of a dozen known candidates for Detroit’s vacancy, was interviewed virtually for the position last Thursday.
Holmes’ father Mel played for the Pittsburgh Steelers for three years, while Uncle Luther Bradley was a first choice for the Lions in 1978. Brad Holmes had NFL ambitions too, but his game days ended after four years at North Carolina A&T, where he played defensive tackle.
After a brief stint in the media for the Atlanta Hawks, he joined the Rams as a public relations intern in 2003 and began his slow rise through the ranks of the organization.
“It was all about the grunt and the grinding and climbing of the ropes,” Holmes told the Tampa Bay Times in 2019 of his start with the Rams. “I picked people up from the airport, got coffee and made copies.”
From there he moved to a regional scout position and took care of the important Southeast region before being promoted to his current position in 2013.
During his tenure as the team’s college scouting director, the team selected Aaron Donald, quarterback Jared Goff, and wide receiver Cooper Kupp.