With the Detroit Lions having figured out the front office and coaching staff, the franchise can now turn its attention to the draft and free agency -- two things that will dominate discussion over the next two months.
But what can new general manager Bob Quinn do to change the public perception about how the Lions are run? That's one thing we hit on in this week's Lions Mailbag, filled with your questions. To ask a question for the Mailbag, use the hashtag #LionsMailbag on Twitter, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or ask away on my Facebook page.
Now, on to your questions.
— doug mccready (@dgmccready) January 22, 2016
@mikerothstein: The answer is simple: Win. If Bob Quinn can create a consistent winner with the Lions, that is something the franchise hasn't seen as long as the Ford family has owned the team. He's already shown he has no problem shaking things up as Detroit fired its head strength and conditioning coaches earlier this week and last week, they let go of longtime scout Scott McEwen. But the only way to really change that mindset is to win games and make shrewd, decisive decisions. It'll take a bit.
— D (@daisuke_110) January 20, 2016
@mikerothstein: Don't know if I completely buy that but I understand the thought process. Ezekiel Ansah had a standout season on the field and made a difference between winning and losing games. But in changing of the franchise as a whole? Sure, Martha Ford deserves consideration there. In the most important hire the team would make -- the general manager -- she did things the right way. She saw the advisory board needed help, so she hired Ernie Accorsi. Accorsi ended up staying with the franchise. She wanted to find someone with the pedigree of a winner. So she hired Quinn from the Patriots. By the moves she has been involved in, she has shown she is willing to do what's necessary to try and put together a winner.
— Michael Holleran (@Mike33Holler) January 20, 2016
@mikerothstein: That's a tough question so here's how I'll answer it. I'd be very surprised if all four players were with the Lions in 2016. I would not be surprised if none of them were. But in terms of trying to handicap this, Rashean Mathis is either retiring or playing with the Lions. Calvin Johnson is likely the same way. Stephen Tulloch is still under contract but a $7.3 million cap number makes him a potential cap cut. Haloti Ngata is the biggest unknown because it'll be based on money and potential interest from other teams. At the right price, the Lions could bring him back. They do have a need at defensive tackle without any obvious options to replace him, unlike Tulloch (Josh Bynes or re-signing Tahir Whitehead).
— Tyler Lukey (@lukey_tyler) January 22, 2016
@mikerothstein: Not sure yet. Until Quinn really goes through the roster, it's tough to truly gauge how he'll handle this. He's never been a general manager before but he's going to be decisive with this. It's too soon to really predict how this would go. But the Lions should at least inquire about the services of any high-level offensive or defensive lineman during free agency. That said, if the Lions believe they can get a good left tackle in the first couple rounds of the draft, they might wait for that and build the line around that player and guards Laken Tomlinson and Larry Warford.
— Anthony's Beard (@anthonysbeard) January 15, 2016
@mikerothstein: DeAndre Levy. It's not close. And it is way, way better than yours.