Bob Quinn has spent two years reshaping the Detroit Lions' roster and staff, bringing in players and coaches he knew from their years together with the New England Patriots. The Lions have won nine games in each of the past two seasons, which wasn't enough for Jim Caldwell to keep his job. Quinn believes they will be drafting from a position of strength.
20. DETROIT LIONS (9-7)
LAST SEASON: Raised hopes with 3-1 and 6-4 records and dashed them by losing three straight early in season and three of five toward end of year. Coach Jim Caldwell lost job after four seasons, failing to make playoffs for second
1, 4. CLEVLEAND BROWNS (0-16)
LAST SEASON: Total flop. Coming off 1-15 season in coach Hue Jackson's first year, Cleveland joined 2008 Detroit Lions as only teams in league history to lose all 16 games. Bad decision to start rookie quarterback DeShone
Defensive end Ziggy Ansah is returning from a humanitarian trip to Ghana to sign his one-year, $17.143 million franchise tender with the Detroit Lions and begin offseason workouts. First-year head coach Matt Patricia's debut offseason with the Lions is underway in Allen Park, Mich., and Ansah is expected to be present for the majority of the sessions. "We talked to Ziggy (before the NFL combine), had a good conversation with Ziggy about what the future entails," Lions general manager Bob Quinn said in March.
The Detroit Lions may only have a temporary pact in place with defensive end Ezekiel Ansah after placing the franchise tag on him this offseason, but General Manager Bob Quinn made it clear how highly they value the veteran pass rusher. According to Michael Rothstein of ESPN.com, Quinn said retaining Ansah was the team’s “number one conversation” had this offseason between himself and new head coach Matt Patricia. The decision to use the franchise tag on Ansah came soon after Patricia was hired with the team officially placing the tag on Ansah in late February.
The Detroit Lions bolstered their backup options at quarterback and wide receiver. Detroit signed Matt Cassel on Monday, adding depth behind Matthew Stafford. The Lions also re-signed restricted free agent TJ Jones, giving Stafford another target in the passing game.
The Detroit Lions bolstered their backup options at quarterback and wide receiver. Detroit signed Matt Cassel on Monday, adding depth behind Matthew Stafford. The Lions also re-signed restricted free agent TJ Jones, giving Stafford another target in the passing game. Cassel played sparingly the past two seasons in Tennessee and the Titans released him earlier this year, making him an unrestricted free agent. The 13-year veteran also has played for Dallas, Buffalo, Minnesota, Kansas City and New England. He started 15 games with the Patriots in 2008 when Lions general manager Bob Quinn and coach Matt Patricia worked for the franchise. Cassel has started 81 games in his career, completing 59 percent