Lions GM Bob Quinn Rips the NFL Coaches Hiring Rules: “It’s Just Ridiculous”

Lions general manager Bob Quinn is not a big fan of the NFL’s hiring rules, going so far as to telling MLive.com that it’s a “stupid league rule, it’s just ridiculous.”

The GM had to sit through and wait for the Patriots Super Bowl run to come to an end on Sunday night before the team could hire their new coach, Matt Patricia.

The league allows teams to interview prospective coaches who qualify for the playoffs, but only during specific windows.

“It has to (change),” Quinn said. “I hope they ask me about it, because I’ll stand up and tell them how hard it was on my end. And I mean, can you imagine being Chris Ballard?”

Ballard is the Colts GM who followed the NFL’s rules to hire Josh McDaniels as his next coach. They had agreed to a deal as well. But when the Patriots finally lost and McDaniels could put pen to paper, he backed out. Now the Colts have to turn to Plan B, except their Plan B coaches — Matt Nagy and Mike Vrabel — have already been hired by the Bears and Titans.

So now they’re basically beginning a new from scratch in the first week of February.

“The league had a proposal last March to change it, and it got tabled,” Quinn said. “This has got to change.”


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