Report: Lions to interview ESPN’s Riddick for GM post
Louis Riddick will interview to become general manager of the Detroit Lions on Friday, according to NFL Network.
Riddick, who calls “Monday Night Football” games for ESPN, is among the candidates the team will vet to replace Bob Quinn. Quinn spent five years as GM of the Lions and was fired along with head coach Matt Patricia.
Riddick, a former player and NFL scout, would be the latest booth-to-personnel boss in the league, following 49ers GM John Lynch and Raiders GM Mike Mayock.
The Lions didn’t fare well the last time the franchise plucked a former player from the broadcast booth to run the personnel department. Matt Millen held the role for seven years after a run at FOX Sports in the NFL broadcast booth. On Millen’s watch, the Lions produced an 0-16 season in 2008.
Already the Lions have turned back to the TV booth in their current search, naming former Lions linebacker Chris Spielman as a special assistant.
Team president Rod Wood said Tuesday that Spielman will be involved “in every interview” for the GM and coaching positions.
“That was why it was so critical to get him involved early because I wouldn’t want to bring him in after we’ve hired a general manager or after we’ve hired a coach and have them wonder what his role is,” Wood said. “That will be very clear to them while we’re interviewing the candidates, and he’s part of the process of hiring them, so he’s going to be invested in their success. And he’s going to be available to them as a resource however they choose to use him in the best possible way.”
Per multiple reports, the Lions also are set to speak with former Texans general manager Rick Smith about the opening.
–Field Level Media