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Rod Wood says next general manager will be ‘what the Detroit Lions want’

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When the Detroit Lions hired Bob Quinn as general manager of the team in 2015, they interviewed three candidates. To say they are more thorough this time would be an understatement.

The Lions have already interviewed three internal candidates and reportedly held discussions with four outside options by the end of the year – ESPN analyst Louis Riddick, former Texas general manager Rick Smith, former Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff and the former Chiefs General Manager Scott Pioli year.

And that’s before they even begin investigating candidates who are currently employed by other teams and cannot be interviewed until after the regular season is over.

“One of the things that I think we’re doing differently, which at least didn’t happen in the searches I was involved in with Bob and Matt (Patricia), is really identifying what kind of coach we are and General manager of Detroit Lion want, “said team president and CEO Rod Wood in an interview on Friday with 97.1-FM. “Not what another team wants, but what do the Detroit Lions want? So we’ve discussed and detailed a lot of very specific criteria that are unique to us and hopefully match a person we find, and we believe that this is the case. ” the person.

“I don’t know if this will take a month, or two months, or weeks, but when we find the person, hopefully they will match the criteria we have developed and they will be the right person for us and not the right one Person for another team. “

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With the hiring of Quinn, the Lions relied heavily on the guidance of Ernie Acorsi, a former general manager recommended by the League. And it was Quinn who led the search that brought Matt Patricia to Detroit, even though that move felt wired before the search process even began.

Wood did not provide details of what the Lions are looking for in their next leadership, but Chris Spielman, recently hired as a full-time advisor, spoke broadly about some of the desired traits that he considers critical of the GM position earlier this week.

“For me there has to be clear communication,” said Spielman. “Everyone I’ve spoken to is one of the top three things that make a great organization – these questions have been asked over the past five years, and other private conversations I’ve had – there has to be communication. Everyone needs to understand the direction we are going. Everyone needs to know what our culture is, and you can’t vacillate for it. Everyone needs to know, “OK, what kind of character do we want in the building?” Everyone below understands that the head coach and general manager have to be so in harmony. “

Wood said he, Spielman, owner Sheila Ford Hamp, and Vice President of Football Administration Mike Disner continue to have in-depth discussions on candidates, using various resources from across the league.

“There are all kinds of sources of information from other teams, agents, and people sharing information with us, including our search committee, which has been very helpful,” said Wood.

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And nobody was more excited about the process than Spielman.

“It seems like a year, but it’s only been a few weeks and my day usually starts with a 4 o’clock text from Chris with an idea he thought of overnight,” said Wood. “And I don’t think he texted me as soon as he woke up. I think he’s been up for a while.”

Wood, who has temporarily headed Detroit’s Human Resources department since Quinn’s layoff late last month, also noted that he’ll resume his previous hands-off approach once a GM is deployed.

“That’s how it was and that’s how it will be,” he said. “There is a reporting structure, but there is no meddling structure, I guess if that’s the answer to the question. I’m no more involved in any of these decisions than Sheila. We hire people who are experts at it and we let them be theirs Doing work. “

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