Brad Holmes Q&A: From $17 paychecks and getting fired by a grocery store to Detroit Lions GM

ALLEN PARK — It’s about 5:10 p.m. Wednesday afternoon. The Detroit Lions wrapped up their second day of mandatory minicamp a couple hours ago, but new general manager Brad Holmes still has a lot more work to do before he can head back to his temporary condo in Birmingham. That includes a 55-minute chat with MLive in a conference room that overlooks the outdoor practice fields at team headquarters. And he’s brought coffee.

Holmes has been so open and accessible during his opening months on the job that we already have a good feel for what’s happening on the field in the short term and long. But we know far less about him as a man. So that’s where our conversation went, spanning everything from that time he got fired from a grocery store to the day he landed his dream job.

This is our conversation, chopped down for brevity and clarity.

MLive: Good to see you in the flesh, my man. Zoom life is better than nothing, but it’s not the same as the real thing.

Brad Holmes: “It’s not the same. It’s actually taught, I think — like, I think the virtual world has taught us some things that normally maybe we wouldn’t have realized if we weren’t forced into certain situations. Like, sometimes I think the ‘new normal’ and all that stuff, and hey, maybe this is the ‘new normal,’ but maybe the ‘new normal’ has taught…

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