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ALLEN PARK Tracy Walker Jersey , Mich. (AP) — Bob Quinn had a lot to answer for during a rare news conference.The Detroit general manager spoke for over 40 minutes Friday, recapping a disappointing season in which the Lions went 6-10. A year ago around this time, Detroit fired coach Jim Caldwell after back-to-back 9-7 campaigns. Quinn said then he felt the team was capable of more, but the Lions struggled from the start in 2018 under new coach Matt Patricia.“Disappointing season for us overall, on the whole. All of us kind of had high expectations going into this year,” Quinn said. “My position as the general manager here, I’m accountable, I’m responsible. I put this team together, and I feel like we have a good team. We didn’t win as much as we should have this year.”Quinn said in no uncertain terms that he has confidence in quarterback Matthew Stafford, whose future with Detroit has been the subject of some speculation after he threw for 3,777 yards this season, his lowest total since 2010. Quinn said he feels the Lions can win a Super Bowl with him.“Matthew Stafford’s our quarterback. He will be our quarterback here,” Quinn said. “This guy’s a really talented player, and myself, the coaches need to put him in better situations.”Stafford turns 31 next month and just finished his 10th season with the Lions, who drafted him with the first overall pick in 2009. He threw four interceptions in an opening-game loss to the New York Jets that set the tone for the season.Quinn takes questions from reporters so infrequently that on Friday he still faced queries about issues that came up before the start of the season. In May, the Detroit News reported that Patricia and a friend were indicted 22 years earlier by a Texas grand jury on one count each of aggravated sexual assault. The accuser did not testify and the case was dismissed.Patricia maintained his innocence in a news conference after that report. Quinn was at that news conference but did not speak. On Friday Kerryon Johnson Jersey , Quinn said he found out about the allegations not long before the report.“I first found out about it a couple days before the article came out,” Quinn said. “Matt had got wind that the article was going to come out and came and told me. So we had extensive conversations with myself, ownership (and team president Rod Wood) about everything.”Quinn said the issue had not come up during a standard background check during the hiring process, and he indicated such background checks are beyond his area of expertise.“I’m not paid to do extensive background checks. I’m here to select a head coach,” Quinn said. “I’m very comfortable with Matt Patricia as our head coach.”Patricia’s first year was a rocky one for the Lions on the field and off, and Detroit fans may not have much patience if things don’t improve quickly in 2019.“He’s very self-aware,” Quinn said. “He has a good understanding of his strengths, his limitations. He’s going to take this offseason, as we all do, to look back and say, hey, what can I change? Because obviously, we’ve got to do better.”Detroit is now in the market for a new offensive coordinator after deciding not to renew Jim Bob Cooter’s contract .“We need to do a better job of going into each week, looking at the opponent, and saying, how are we going to beat this team? They have a great run defense and a poor pass defense, maybe we throw it 45 times. And vice versa Frank Ragnow Jersey ,” Quinn said. “We want someone that thinks that way. That thinks that, hey, I have an offense, but my offense is adaptable.”Detroit’s late-October trade that sent Golden Tate to Philadelphia didn’t help the offense. The Lions were 3-4 at the time and faced the possibility of losing Tate to free agency. They received a third-round draft pick for him.“It was just an offer that we really couldn’t refuse, for what the value was, and for what we had left of the player, which was eight games,” Quinn said. “We felt we had a balanced offense at that time.”The next big name to depart could be defensive end Ziggy Ansah, whom the Lions kept this season on the franchise tag but who played in only seven games because of injury problems.“Ziggy fought through some things this year,” Quinn said while remaining noncommittal about Ansah’s future. “Ziggy’s extremely, extremely tough. I’m proud of him being a Detroit Lion.” The first three plays for David Blough and the Detroit Lions on Sunday were an ominous sign. The rookie quarterback's first two passes were deflected at the line of scrimmage. Then he was sacked for a 6-yard loss.The Minnesota Vikings made sure there would be no repeat of Blough’s strong Thanksgiving Day debut.In Blough's first NFL road start, the Lions sputtered toward their sixth straight loss, 20-7 to the Vikings. They failed to score until 2:09 remained in the game. Blough finished 24 of 40 for 205 yards, taking five sacks and throwing two interceptions. His late touchdown pass to Kenny Golladay kept Detroit from being shut out for the first time since 2009.“Obviously frustrating to start slow,” said Blough, who was given the job in the previous game after injuries to Matthew Stafford and Jeff Driskel. “It’s something we harp on, and it can’t happen for us Marvin Jones Jersey , can’t happen for me. Got to find a way to get those to our playmakers, because we had guys where they were supposed to be.”With Stafford missing his fifth straight game due to hip and back injuries, Detroit mustered just 13 yards on 13 plays in the first quarter. Blough was 1 of 6 for 18 yards, a far cry from his debut a week earlier at home against Chicago. He threw a 75-yard touchdown pass to Golladay on his second NFL pass attempt in that game and capped the Lions’ first two drives with scoring throws. He finished that game 22 for 38 for 280 yards, two touchdowns and one interception.The Vikings didn't let him get close to that until a handful of decent gains in the fourth quarter once they led 20-0.“They have a lot of packages, a lot of different looks and a lot of flexibility and variability in their defense,” Detroit coach Matt Patricia said. “Just looked like they used a lot of it early, give us some of those looks and different problems that we had to solve. They executed at a high level, especially at home.”Blough wasn’t done many favors, though.On two of Danielle Hunter's three sacks, tight ends were lined up against him for the initial block. With the Lions at the 15-yard line and trailing just 10-0 late in the second quarter, Blough drifted out of the pocket and was sacked by Hunter for a loss of 12 yards on third down. Matt Prater missed a 45-yard field goal, and Kirk Cousins drove Minnesota the other way for a touchdown in less than a minute, scoring with 25 seconds left in the half.“I can’t put us in the position to take those sacks,” Blough said. “I can’t leave those linemen out to dry on some of those. Five is five too many. I can’t hold the ball too long, take us out of field-goal range. Obviously, we talk about the halftime swing a lot. Didn’t help our chances in that position.”Through three quarters Darius Slay Jersey , Blough was 10 of 19 for just 74 yards.“We tell him we've got his back no matter what,” wide receiver Danny Amendola said. “We’re going to do our job to try to get open, try to make plays and to just get back there and be a gunslinger, man. Get up and let it rip. It’s a learning experience for him, definitely, throughout each week, throughout each game, throughout each series, throughout each situation.”Stafford hasn’t been ruled out for a return this season, but he has not practiced since the injury. With Driskel on injured reserve, Blough’s backup was Kyle Sloter, who was signed off Arizona's practice squad on Nov. 30.“David is an extremely competitive guy,” Patricia said. “He’s a tough guy. I love his energy and what he brings every single day to the practices, to the games. He’s competitive. From that standpoint, he’s trying. He’s trying to get it all right.”
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