Lions add Jett Modkins, DeOn’tae Pannell to coaching staff
NEW ORLEANS, LA - AUGUST 17: DeOn'tae Pannell #61 of the New Orleans Saints during the game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on August 17, 2012 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)ALLEN PARK, Mich. – The Detroit Lions have added assistant special teams coach Jett Modkins to Dan Campbell’s staff. The Lions also announced Wednesday that DeOn’tae Pannell will join the organization with its William Clay Ford minority coaching assistantship. Pannell coached at Peru State College in Nebraska the previous five seasons, serving as defensive coordinator the last three years. The Lions hired Campbell and general manager Brad Holmes last month after firing coach Matt Patricia and general manager Bob Quinn in November.
Report: Detroit Lions to hire Rams scouting director Brad Holmes as next general manager
The Detroit Lions are planning to hire Los Angeles Rams Director of College Scouting Brad Holmes as their new general manager, according to reports. The #Lions have agreed to terms on a 5-year deal with #Rams Director of College Scouting Brad Holmes as their new GM, sources tell me and @TomPelissero. — Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) January 14, 2021Lions expected to hire Los Angeles Rams' director of college scouting Brad Holmes as their new general manager, per source. He began as a public relations intern in 2003 and moved into scouting the following year as a scouting assistant. Holmes worked as a national combine scout, area scout and national scout before becoming the director of college scouting in 2013 and one of Rams GM Les Snead’s most trusted members of the front office.
Detroit Lions GM, head coach search: Where things stand
(AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)The search for a new Detroit Lions general manager and head coach is heating up. The Lions have confirmed several candidates to replace former general manager Bob Quinn and former head coach Matt Patricia, as interviews pick up following the end of the NFL regular season. Former NFL executive Scott Pioli interviewed the week of Dec. 21Former Falcons GM Thomas Dimitroff interviewed the week of Dec. 21. Former Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis interviewed the week of Jan. 4. Interim Lions head coach Darrell Bevell will interview for the job the week of Jan. 4.
Detroit Lions NFL draft position: How low can they go?
Interim head coach Darrell Bevell of the Detroit Lions stands on the sideline during the second half against the Green Bay Packers at Ford Field on December 13, 2020 in Detroit, Michigan. The Detroit Lions are slowly climbing the 2021 NFL Draft order with recent losses -- but how high can they climb? The team has not yet hired replacements for former general manager Bob Quinn and former head coach Matt Patricia. Lions owner Sheila Ford Hamp has signaled the need to an experienced head coach and GM combo. Related: 4 candidates for next Detroit Lions head coach
The Latest: Wake Forest's Tariq Ingraham out for season
The Demon Deacons haven’t played since Nov. 27 after pausing team activities due to novel coronavirus issues. ___South Carolina’s 2-8 football team won’t be going to a bowl game after pausing team activities due to the novel coronavirus. Tanner said the combination of positive COVID-19 tests plus necessary contact tracing made it impossible to compete. In all, 16,222 COVID-19 tests were administered over a seven-day period ending last Saturday to 2,391 players, and 25,279 tests were administered to 4,536 personnel. South Carolina’s next scheduled game is at Kentucky on Dec. 29.
Detroit Lions fire special teams coordinator Brayden Coombs
DETROIT – The Detroit Lions announced Monday the team fired special teams coordinator Brayden Coombs. The Detroit Lions announced today that Brayden Coombs has been relieved of his duties as Special Teams Coordinator. — Detroit Lions (@Lions) December 21, 2020Coombs joined the Lions this year. General manager Bob Quinn and coach Matt Patricia were fired after the Thanksgiving game loss. Reports: Lions to interview Thomas Dimitroff, Louis Riddick for GM jobMore: Detroit Lions news
Detroit Lions come up short vs. Packers, but look much more tolerable under Darrell Bevell
DETROIT – The Detroit Lions are a bad football team. None of that was going to change overnight when Darrell Bevell took over as interim head coach. Two touchdowns and a strip sack later, the Lions were 1-0 under their new head coach. Interim head coach Darrell Bevell of the Detroit Lions stands on the sideline during the second half against the Green Bay Packers at Ford Field on December 13, 2020 in Detroit, Michigan. Bevell probably isn’t the best choice to be the next permanent head coach, no matter what happens these next three weeks.
Packers beat Lions in Detroit, clinch division title
DETROIT – Aaron Rodgers ran for a tiebreaking score in the third quarter and threw three touchdown passes and the Green Bay Packers beat the Detroit Lions 31-24 Sunday and clinched the NFC North title. The Packers clinched the division with the win and Minnesota’s loss to Tampa Bay earlier in the day. The Packers’ win combined with the Saints’ loss in Philadelphia gives Green Bay the top seed in the NFC. The Lions (5-8) scored first and pulled into a tie late in the second quarter, but they simply couldn’t stop Rodgers. He also threw a 14-yard TD pass to Marquez Valdes-Scantling’s back shoulder to put the Packers ahead 14-7 in the opening minute of the second quarter.
Detroit Lions defeat Chicago Bears at Soldier Field
DETROIT – The Detroit Lions defeated the Chicago Bears Sunday at Soldier Field. It was the first game the Lions played since Matt Patricia and Bob Quinn were removed as head coach and general manager. Offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell was named interim head coach. The general manager position, as of Dec. 6, is still vacant. READ: 4 candidates for next Detroit Lions head coachThe Detroit Lions will next play the Green Bay Packers at Ford Field Dec. 13.
Lions cut Hall and downgrade Swift to doubtful to play Bears
ALLEN PARK, Mich. – The Detroit Lions released receiver Marvin Hall and tight end Isaac Nauta on Saturday. The Lions also downgraded running back D’Andre Swift to doubtful for their game Sunday at Chicago due to an illness. The Lions fired coach Matt Patricia and general manager Bob Quinn last week. The Lions activated cornerback Darryl Roberts from the injured list to bolster their banged-up secondary against Chicago. They also signed defensive tackle Frank Herron off the practice squad and elevated safety Bobby Price from the practice squad.
Morning Briefing Nov. 29, 2020: Researchers say US in ‘third COVID wave,’ Michigan gov. pushes for $100 million in virus relief
What to know today 🌅Detroit Lions fire head coach Matt Patricia, GM Bob Quinn after Thanksgiving lossThe Detroit Lions have fired head coach Matt Patricia and general manager Bob Quinn, the team announced on Saturday. 💰 ‘We simply cannot afford to wait’ -- Michigan governor proposes $100 million COVID relief planMichigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer wants state legislators to approve a $100 million COVID-19 relief plan when they return to session during December. The number of confirmed cases of the coronavirus (COVID-19) in Michigan has risen to 350,021 as of Saturday, including 9,036 deaths, state officials report. The state also reports “active cases,” which were listed at 175,700 on Saturday, near its highest mark on record.
Detroit Lions fans welcome change after firing of head coach, general manager
DETROIT – For the most part, Detroit Lions fans said they’re optimistic about the future of the team. “Game days for Lions games, we are packed. Weathers, who is the bar manager at Brass Rail Pizza in downtown Detroit, said there’s been a lot of eventful nights over the last three years, and this season didn’t help. Weathers said the firing of head coach Matt Patricia and General Manager Bob Quinn Saturday was a touchdown. Dan Leach, host with 97.1 Radio, said he wasn’t shocked when he heard the news.
A look into possible contenders for Detroit Lions head coach
DETROIT – With Saturday’s announcement of Detroit Lions General Manager Bob Quinn and head coach Matt Patricia being fired, the question now is “Where do the Lions go from here?”Although interviews will wait until the season is over, the research for potential head coaches will begin immediately. One name brought up for every vacant NFL job is Nick Saban. While he has had enormous success at Alabama, not so much as an NFL coach in Miami. While he is struggling at the University of Michigan, Harbaugh has had great success as an NFL coach with the San Francisco 49ers. There are two likely candidates for the Lions head coaching job.
Nightside Report Nov. 28: Lions fire Matt Patricia, Bob Quinn; Gov. Whitmer seeks $100M stimulus package
DETROIT – The Detroit Lions have fired head coach Matt Patricia and general manager Bob Quinn, the team announced on Saturday. Patricia was one of the hottest coaching names on the market when the Lions hired him in February 2018. WATCH Local 4 News at 11Metro Detroit weather: Clear Saturday evening, frosty by morningWelcome to Saturday evening, Motown. It becomes colder, this evening, then colder and frosty again overnight. Shovels and snow blowers may be on the shopping shortlist because snowy slushy conditions return Monday and Tuesday.
Detroit Lions fans react to firing of head coach Matt Patricia, GM Bob Quinn
DETROIT – It’s an emotional roller coaster being a Detroit Lions fan -- something Stephen Jones knows too well. Although Jones and Mayone said being a Lions fan is not easy, they have mixed emotions about the Lions firing head coach Matt Patricia and General Manager Bob Quinn. One fan suggested rehiring former head coach Jim Caldwell. Getting a GM and head coach coming in at the same time can hopefully mean for more collaboration,” Mayone said. Everybody knows what they’ve done with (quarterback) Patrick Mahones.”LAST MONTH: Detroit Lions dragging their feet (again) while other NFL teams fire coaches, GMsWatch the full report in the video posted above.
Why didn’t Detroit Lions do more at the trade deadline?
DETROIT – It was a quiet trade deadline for the Detroit Lions as they opted to mostly stay put with what they had. Sitting at 3-4 and currently not holding a playoff spot, why didn’t Detroit do more at the deadline? One trade was enoughThe Lions picked up defensive end Everson Griffen last week for a conditional sixth round pick. Giving up another draft pick would’ve been too expensive for the Lions. They’re different players, but when the Lions traded Golden Tate at the deadline in 2018, they got a third-round pick in return.
Detroit Lions dragging their feet (again) while other NFL teams fire coaches, GMs
DETROIT – The Detroit Lions are once again mired in irrelevance and dragging their feet as other teams around the National Football League take action and demand better from their head coaches and executives. Matt Patricia during a Detroit Lions fourth quarter collapse against the Chicago Bears on Sept. 13, 2020. Jim Schwartz took the Detroit Lions from 0-16 to the postseason by his third year. In the opening game, the Lions led the Chicago Bears 23-6 with under 14 minutes to go. Bob Quinn General Manager of the Detroit Lions introduces Matt Patricia as the Lions new head coach at the Detroit Lions Practice Facility on February 7, 2018 in Allen Park, Michigan.
Five Detroit Lions headlines to watch for the 2020 season
DETROIT After another long offseason that included doubts about the season being played because of the coronavirus were now less than two weeks away from NFL season kicking off and another year of Detroit Lions football. That said - Here are the headlines going into the 2020 season for the Lions. Matthew Stafford returnsQB Matthew Stafford is back after missing the final 8 games of last season. New facesThere are a ton of new faces with many of them on the Lions defense. Improvements on defenseBy any number the Lions defense was one of the worst in the league last year.
Which of the four major Detroit sports teams is closest to winning a championship?
Since Oct. 19, 2013, the Tigers, Lions, Pistons and Red Wings are a combined 5-25 in playoff games, with the Red Wings accounting for all five wins in first-round losses. So the question everyones been asking for years remains: Which team is closest to bringing a championship to Detroit? The only argument in favor of the Lions being the closest to winning a championship is the year-to-year unpredictability in the NFL. The former Red Wings legend has traded in his sweater for a suit and tie to bring Hockeytown back to glory. After floundering in the latter years of the Ken Holland era, Red Wings fans can feel optimistic about the direction of the franchise.
Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford says he’s confident back injury won’t linger
“I’m not concerned about it so that should make people feel good,” Stafford said Monday. They may let defensive tackle A’Shawn Robinson hit the market because he has not lived up to expectations as the 46th pick overall in 2016. NO REGRETSQuinn made an in-season trade for the second straight season that did not work out well for the franchise. 3 pick overall. Defensive end Trey Flowers proved to be a good free agent signing, but he needs a lot of help on the defensive line.
Lions, coach, GM fined for violating injury reporting policy
NEW YORK, NY – The Detroit Lions have been fined $75,000 for violating the NFL's injury report policy before quarterback Matthew Stafford missed a Nov. 10 game at Chicago. Coach Matt Patricia was also fined $25,000 and general manager Bob Quinn $10,000. Stafford, who hadn't missed a game since the 2010 season, had been listed as questionable the Friday before the game. “Out of respect for him and everything that he’s done for this organization, I just wanted to leave the option open when we got to Sunday if he wanted to dress." Patricia said Stafford wasn't downgraded to out because the coach wanted to leave the option open that Stafford might suit up for the game.
MONDAY HUDDLE: Forget hot seat, Bob Quinn shouldn’t have any seat
The Lions landed on Quinn, who seemed like a bright young executive within the Patriots organization. But four years later, it’s clear it’s not working and Quinn is the person most to blame. The first question is determining which players will want to compete in the bowl game, or sit out and get ready for the NFL Draft knowing it won’t be a major bowl. Mona Shores won its first state title in school history over a Martin Luther King team looking for its fourth title in five years. In the lowest-scoring game of the weekend, Catholic Central won its first state title since 2014.
MONDAY HUDDLE: Can U-M recreate magic of ’69 against OSU?
It will be an underdog Michigan team at home looking to beat an Ohio State team that is No. The Big Ten title is not at stake, as Ohio State has already clinched the East division title and a spot in the conference title game in Indianapolis. But after losing eight straight and 14 of 15 to the Buckeyes, just beating Ohio State would feel like a championship for the Wolverines. Michigan State on track for Quick Lane BowlMichigan State finally won a football game after nearly two months, although it came against lowly Rutgers. pic.twitter.com/ovc2SLiBUk — Brandon Folsom (@folsombrandonj) November 23, 2019Matchups for state finals at Ford Field all setHere is the schedule for this weekend’s prep state football finals at Ford Field.
8 Detroit Lions players to watch in training camp, preseason
(Photo by GregoryDETROIT - The Detroit Lions will report for training camp July 24 and over the next six weeks, coaches will watch position battles and measure player value to cut the roster from 90 players to 53. While many players are already guaranteed a spot, training camp is where fans will get their first look at younger players and where coaches will define roles for the start of the season. Heres a group of guys to keep your eyes on throughout camp and preseason games as this years team takes shape. During training camp, Amendola will be fun to watch as he competes against the Lions defense as fans get to see how hes used with other weapons. After missing the last three games of the season with an injury, Hand looks to build on a strong rookie season, as the Lions will count on him more.
Did Lions make right call sticking with Jim Caldwell?
DETROIT – The Detroit Lions retained coach Jim Caldwell for a third season, giving him a chance to work with new general manager Bob Quinn. "As I stated Monday, I was looking forward to the opportunity to get to know Jim," Quinn said in a statement released by the team Friday. "I love Jim Caldwell, but I don't want to answer that question," she said. His cool and calm demeanor appeared to be just what the Lions needed after they fired an emotionally charged coach, Jim Schwartz. When Dungy retired after the 2008 season, Caldwell succeeded him and won 14 games as a rookie NFL head coach.