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Detroit Lions to hire Brad Holmes as next general manager

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In search of new football leadership this off-season, the Detroit Lions on Thursday solved half the puzzle and reached an agreement with the Los Angles Rams college director who, according to multiple reports, is locating Brad Holmes as the franchise’s next general manager.

In search of new football leadership this off-season, the Detroit Lions on Thursday solved half the puzzle and reached an agreement with the Los Angles Rams college director who, according to multiple reports, is locating Brad Holmes as the franchise's next general manager.

The son of a former Pittsburgh Steelers offensive lineman and nephew of a former Lions first round draft pick, Holmes has worked for the Rams for the past 18 years. He will replace Bob Quinn, who was hired in 2016 and fired in late November after a Thanksgiving loss to the Houston Texans effectively excluded the team from playoffs.

Holmes, a North Carolina A&T college defense attorney, used his journalism and mass communication degrees to take a public relations position with the Atlanta Hawks shortly after graduating.

However, working in football was the goal, especially scouting. So Holmes moved to the Rams in 2003 and was a PR intern. It was there that his passion and knowledge caught the attention of trainer Wilbert Montgomery, who vouched for Holmes with the former general of the franchise manager Charley Armey.

Holmes first moved to the Boy Scout Department as an intern before working as a regional boy scout in the all-important Southeast region. Eight years ago, he was promoted to college scouting director for a team that designed defensive tackle Aaron Donald, quarterback Jared Goff, and wide receiver Cooper Kupp, and which have established themselves as consistent contenders in the NFC.

Prior to hiring Holmes, Lions interviewed a dozen candidates, including several former business leaders. Holmes was the only one who conducted a second personal interview.

With a general manager, Lions will now turn their attention to securing a head coach. The team has announced interviews with seven candidates for the position and is expected to make a decision in the near future.

Holmes father Mel played for the Steelers for three years. Uncle Luther Bradley, a cornerback, was a Lions first choice in 1978.

The Lions are still working their way through this search process with Tampa Bay Buccaneers Defense Coordinator Todd Bowles, who is scheduled to meet the team virtually on Friday. Also, Tennessee Offensive Coordinator Arthur Smith is due to conduct a second interview with the team later this week.

With Holmes as GM, chances are the Lions could attempt to interview Rams defensive coordinator Brandon Staley, an aspiring candidate.

This is a developing story. Contact detroitnews.com for more updates.

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