New Detroit Lions general manager Brad Holmes said he believes quarterback Matthew Stafford is a “great player” with a lot of intangible traits that he likes to see out of all his players.
However, Holmes made no definite announcement on Stafford’s future, with two years left on his contract. Owner Sheila Ford Hamp said Holmes and his yet to be known head coach.
“You really appreciate that it was easy to see the talent, but you really applaud him for showing his intimacy on film,” Holmes, 41, quoted Stafford as saying. “How important he plays, how competitive he is, the tenacity he shows. But it’s my job to evaluate the entire roster, and through that process I didn’t have any discussion with Matt or any player for that matter is.
“So you know, I just want to be fair in the process to make sure we evaluate it well, but obviously, Matt, very good player.”
Holmes’ first news conference Tuesday focused on how he intends to “retool” the Lions roster that finished last in the NFC North in each of the last three seasons. Whatever he is trying to bring, it will be part of a larger process in which he envisions, something he has seen working well with Ram during his nearly two decades as he did everything from public relations Worked up to the director of the College of Scouting under Les Sneed.
Holmes said the first thing he wants to do is to meet the team’s new head coach after hiring him and go through the entire roster. That position is expected to be filled by New Orleans Saints assistant head coach Dan Campbell, sources told ESPN’s Adam Scare.
Team President Rod Wood said Holmes’ collaboration and the new head coach may have said on the 53-man roster decisions. Holmes, the new head coach and vice president of football administration Mike Disner, who will have added responsibilities within the organization, all report to Wood and Hemp.
Hamp said that since they head coach and general manager searches together, they asked GM candidates who they had in mind as head coach. And they will ask coaching candidates similar questions about general managers. Often, Hamp said, the lists had common names.
Hamp said Holmes was hired along with the rest of his candidates.
It was during those interviews where Holmes “blew up the competition,” Wood said. Hamp said she believes, especially with the analytics and technology that Holmes will bring, “is definitely different from what we’re doing here.”
Holmes did not want to delve into the specifics, but all this is described by Holmes as his process.
“I would say that everybody would trust the process that’s going to happen,” Holmes said. “It’s going to be a very sound process. It’s going to be a very intensive and hard-working process, and we’re going to, as I said before, we’re going to surrender those results to the process. I’m always Have been. ” One who likes to go through the process and tries to delay my intuition until the end.
“So if we keep the process right and then we make the right intuitive decisions going forward, I believe the Lions’ fan base is going to be awesome, with the results they are seeing.”
Holmes does not see his process reconstructed on a large scale. He said he planned to field a competitive team in 2021, acknowledging that the field was particularly defensive, where the Lions were “definitely going to retire,” but did not offer specifics.
But he said he saw building blocks on a defense that allowed the most points and yards in franchise history under head coach Matt Patricia and defense coordinator Corey Underlin last season.
Detroit has cornerback Jeff Okudah, last year’s No. 3 overall pick, as well as cornerback Amani Oruveri, safety Tracy Walker, defensive and Trey Flowers, and linebacker Jamie Collins, who are expected to return next season.
“The ultimate goal is to ensure that the most competitive team is on the field and that starts now, entering the 2021 season this year,” Holmes said. “So don’t watch it because it’s going to be a long term [project], I don’t know how long it’s going to be. That approach is not.
“It’s not going into the mindset. The approach is to make sure that we can get the most competitive team out on the field in 2021.”