Lions fire Vice President of Pro Personnel Sheldon White
The Detroit Lions have made several changes to their front office since Bob Quinn took over as the team's general manager last month. On Thursday, Quinn cut one of the major ties to the previous regime by firing Vice President of Pro Personnel Sheldon White.
Via Lions senior writer Tim Twentyman:
White, who served as the Lions' interim GM after Martin Mayhew was fired last November, was VP of Pro Personnel for the past 15 seasons. He originally played cornerback for Detroit from 1990-1992, then returned to the franchise as a scout in 1997 and worked his way up the ranks from there.
Last week, it seemed as though White was still being evaluated for his executive position within the personnel department. Quinn clarified that recently hired director of player personnel Kyle O'Brien would oversee both the college and pro scouting departments. Lance Newmark was retained to head the college side; it remains to be seen who will take White's role and report directly to O'Brien on the pro side.
Detroit's shift in leadership has been gradual and deliberate, as Quinn has shown patience in finding perfect replacements for key roles.