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Lions GM Bob Quinn rips NFL hiring rule as 'ridiculous'

2/9/2018 9:24:20 AM
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The league allows teams to interview prospective coaches who qualify for the playoffs, but only during specific windows. Coaches on a bye can be interviewed the first week of the postseason, and those without a bye can be interviewed the second week. Coaches can also be re-interviewed during the bye week leading into the Super Bowl, which the Lions did with Matt Patricia.

At that point, they knew they had their man. But they couldn't officially execute a deal until after the Super Bowl due to the league's tampering rules. They couldn't even talk about him. And that handcuffed their ability to begin assembling the new staff, Kyle Meinke of Mlive reports.

So even though everyone knew exactly what was going to happen, the Lions had no choice but to wait around for the Patriots' season to conclude.  And in the meantime, their coaches were left in limbo. That makes everything difficult on everyone -- and that's when everything goes right. Which it doesn't always.

"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?"

"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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