By Ty Schalter
Water is wet.
The sky is blue.
Detroit Lions general manager Bob Quinn’s years-long relationship Matt Patricia “definitely helped” in Quinn hiring Patricia as the Lions’ new head coach.
Acknowledging what always felt obvious on Monday night, Patricia told SiriusXM’s NFL Radio that their 14-year relationship, including a dozen years working together, was a big factor in the coaching search:
Of course, this is as it should be.
As Quinn once said, any general manager candidate should have at one or two skipper-caliber coaches in their back pocket, people whom they’re comfortable with who’d be excellent head coaches.
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But Quinn interviewed several other candidates, and unlike some of his predecessors there’s no doubt Patricia was a hot candidate for mutiple NFL head-coaching jobs.
In the end, Quinn’s tenure as Detroit general manager was always going to be tied to the success or failure of whomever he hired as head coach. It’s not just possible, but likely that Patricia was both the best available candidate and the man Quinn was most comfortable...