Detroit Lions: Who should be the new general manager?

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Brad Holmes, Los Angeles Rams – Director of College Scouting

Brad Holmes is the newest name to be added to the list of candidates to replace Bob Quinn as the Detroit Lions general manager. As reported by both Ian Rapoport and ESPN’s Lindsey Thiry, Detroit, as well as the Atlanta Falcons, will interview Holmes.

“(He is) equipped with dynamic intelligence, is an astute evaluator of football talent and is experienced in setting an ‘all things considered’ draft board. Brad is one of the more valued voices we have in our building.” – Rams chief operating officer Kevin Demoff

Holmes has been with the Rams for the last eight years and has helped in the drafting process of players such as Aaron Donald, Jared Goff, and Todd Gurley III  in the early rounds of the NFL Draft. Later round selections include Jordan Fuller, Tyler Higbee, and John Johnson III.

Holmes will turn 42 in the summer of 2021 and has the support of many within the Los Angles organization.

Holmes has spent the entirety of his 18-year NFL career with the Rams, where he started as a public relations intern before shifting into scouting a year later and working his way up the ranks.

Thomas Dimitroff – Former Atlanta Falcons general manager

Both head coach Dan Quinn and general manager Thomas Dimitroff were fired by the aforementioned Falcons earlier in the 2020 NFL season following an 0-5 start.

However, Dimitroff had seen success in Atlanta as he is credited with a lot of the construction of the Falcons team that won the NFC title in 2016. Atlanta made the playoffs in four of his first five seasons in Atlanta as well. The overall record of the team during Dimitroff’s twelve-year run is 113-90.

He is definitely worthy of consideration and an interview, but is he the right man for the job with Detroit needing a major overhaul on the defensive side — something the Falcons were never necessarily known for?

Ed Dodds – Indianapolis Colts Assistant General Manager

As of recent happenings, it appears that Ed Dodds may be the “hottest” name to fill the vacant general manager position.

Recently, Sports Illustrated writer and insider Albert Breer appeared at halftime during games on Saturday and fielded rapid-fire questions from fans, one involving the Lions. Breer noted that depending on what happens at head coach, Dodds could be in the mix for the Lions’ general manager role.

Breer had this to say at the 9:57 mark of the video:

"“If it’s Robert Saleh in Detroit, keep an eye on Ed Dodds as his GM.”"

Robert Saleh has been a rumored candidate for the team’s future head coach since Patricia’s firing.