New Lions GM Brad Holmes to evaluate everything, including Matthew Stafford

After taking over a team that finished 5-11 this season and hasn’t had a winning season since 2017, new Detroit Lions general manager Brad Holmes knows everything has to evaluated, and that includes quarterback Matthew Stafford.In his introductory video conference Tuesday, Holmes lauded Stafford’s abilities but didn’t commit to the 32-year-old returning to the Lions in 2021.”Matthew, great player. And what you really appreciate is, I think the talent level is easy to see, but you really appreciate how intangibles show on film, how urgent he plays, how competitive he is, the toughness that he shows,” Holmes said. “But it is my job to evaluate the entire roster, and through that process, I have not had any discussions with Matt or any players for that matter. So I just want to be fair to the process and make sure that we evaluate that thoroughly, but obviously, Matt, very good football player.”Holmes, 41, was hired Jan. 14 to replace Bob Quinn, who was dismissed in November. The Lions haven’t made the playoffs since 2016 and their drought without a playoff win dates to 1991 — the second-longest active streak in the NFL behind the Cincinnati Bengals (1990).Previously Holmes was the Los Angeles Rams’ director of college scouting. Despite the Lions’ dismal record the past several seasons, he doesn’t consider the task at hand to be a rebuild.”That’s not the approach,” he said. “That’s not the mindset going into it. The approach is to make sure we can put the most competitive team possible out there in 2021.”The first major move Holmes has to make is hiring a head coach. New Orleans Saints tight ends/assistant head coach Dan Campbell is the favorite to get the job, according to multiple reports Tuesday. Holmes didn’t address the speculation, but did describe what he wants in a head coach.”My No. 1 core trait was, first of all, he’s got to be a leader of men,” Holmes said. “He has to have presence. Within that presence he has to have poise, he has to have confidence, he has to have command and he has to have mental toughness. He has to have intelligence. A strong passion to develop.”

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