I dont really see how faulting Quinn helps. The guy has found the only playmakers we have. Hand, Kerryon, Harrison, Agnew (preinjury), Ragnow, Golladay, Marvin Jones. He has found solid NFL players in Robinson, Maybin, Decker, Glasgow. Thats pretty solid quality.
Now, he hasnt been flawless. Theres been some huge misses. Tabor chiefly. Davis is still on the spotty category. The RB debacle of 2017. Resigning Ansah despite annual injuries for huge money.
I dont think Patricia has been a monster difference maker, but defense has lost some major players in Slay (who hasnt been right since the beginning), Agnew and of course Ansah. On offense, this team is in clear regression.
Right now, if Im Quinn, Im analyzing the salary structure of this team. Some of this is self inflicted. While I am NOT laying all blame at the feet of Stafford, Im sorry but we have to start questioning whether he is earning his salary. He was paid to be a top end QB. My buddy and I had a long chat about this. Do you know where Stafford’s career QB rating is? Mid 80’s. He is STILL making the same mistakes a 3rd year guy makes, in year 10. Do you know where a Mid 80’s QB rating gets you? Andy Dalton. Would you pay Andy Dalton 125 million to come to be QB of your team? Id hope not.
Detroit needs a re-design. They need to do what current teams are doing. They need to keep building the offensive line, and POUR resources on defense. Then, they need to find a rookie QB. Like Chicago. Like Rams. Like Seattle did. Like a lot of teams are starting to do.
The fact is, you dont pay elite QB money unless you have an elite QB. We dont. You dont pay elite DE money unless you have an elite DE. We dont. We are paying for an elite Guard who is rivaling Ziggy in snaps. We are paying elite money for Wagner, who is clearly not elite.
The Lions have some promising young talent, surrounded by aging vets who don’t give a shit. Quinn needs to bite the bullet, and get young guys to come up in Patricia’s system. Fair or not, Stafford has had 10 years to prove himself, and all I hear is “he needs more weapons!” Folks, so did Joey Harrington. I see no other way around this. This team is built fundamentally wrong.