Bob Quinn isn’t looking for an offensive wizard or a defensive guru. Experience? Sure, it wouldn’t hurt, but it’s not a prerequisite. Same with familiarity. He’s also open to any kind of scheme.

There’s only one thing the Detroit Lions general manager expects from his next head coach – someone capable of winning a championship.

“My preference is to hire the best coach to help us win a championship,” Quinn said Monday. “I think when you look at the head coaches that are hired in this league, they come in all shapes and sizes. I’m going to out to find the best coach.”

That’s easier said than done. The Lions haven’t exactly had the best success hiring coaches and they just fired Jim Caldwell, their most successful coach – in terms of winning percentage – during the Super Bowl era. To add to the complexity, Quinn has not been part of a coaching search before. Not in Detroit, and not during his 12 years in New England, where Bill Belichick held serve during Quinn’s tenure with the franchise.

It doesn’t mean Quinn is unprepared. He’s been prepping for this moment before he even became a general manager, maintaining a short list of potential candidates. And he also has former colleagues around the league, from Thomas Dimitroff and Scott Pioli in Atlanta to Jason Licht in Tampa Bay, who Quinn can lean on for advice.

“I have a lot of people I can lean on, a lot of people I will talk to, a lot of research that still needs to be done,” Quinn said. “Ultimately, it will be a good plan and I’m looking forward to following through on it.”