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Ernie Accorsi sticking with Lions as special adviser

Finished with his task of helping the Detroit Lions complete their general manager search, Ernie Accorsi has been hired to stay on as a special adviser to team president Rod Wood.

Accorsi said his role will be determined by Wood, but he does not plan to have an office at Ford Field or the team's facility in Allen Park, Michigan.

"I'm available to help in any way he asks," Accorsi said. "My job is not to interfere with the general manager. I've been general manager of three teams. I know what it's like. You want to do your job.

"For example, I don't bother [Giants GM] Jerry Reese or [Panthers GM] Dave Gettleman. If they call me, I give them advice. Now, if I feel strongly about something I think they ought to look out for, I might say something. But for the most part, whatever he asks me to do, I'll do."

Accorsi said he will be available by phone and might attend a game or two but won't be around day-to-day. He did not say how long he plans to stay in the adviser role.

The 74-year-old Accorsi was initially brought on in November to help the franchise hire a general manager, which resulted in Friday's hiring of Bob Quinn from New England. Quinn will be introduced in a news conference Monday. Accorsi said he would have "nothing to do" with whether the Lions retain or fire coach Jim Caldwell. That decision will be up to Quinn.

Accorsi has consulted on other searches, including the Chicago Bears' hiring of Ryan Pace last year and the Carolina search that landed Gettleman.

He had a major role in the hiring of Quinn. Accorsi said Quinn, 39, was interviewed face-to-face twice by the Lions, once Tuesday in Providence, Rhode Island, and again Thursday in Detroit. Accorsi would not say how many other candidates were interviewed or how many people were spoken with about the job.

Accorsi said team owner Martha Ford was involved in every part of the search.