Lions looked to Pats, now 'starting to act like a winning organization'

Things are different around the Detroit Lions, and players have noticed.

There's a dietician now, and more food options being offered, for both players trying to lose weight and players trying to gain.

There's a new strength and conditioning coach. Massages are available. Team facilities have been upgraded, all in hopes of turning around a team that's had 13 losing seasons in the past 15 years.

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"We're starting to act like a winning organization that brings in millions and billions of dollars," receiver Golden Tate told The Associated Press.

"You would think we would have the top of the line of everything. I'm not going to say this is why we're going to win games, but we all notice it and appreciate it and those little things add up. When you're taking care of your body, I think it helps, but we'll see."

The person responsible for this, by all accounts, is new GM Bob Quinn, who was hired away from the New England Patriots after 16 years in which he held several positions, including director of pro scouting the past four years.

Quinn hired strength and conditioning coach Harold Nash Jr. away from the Pats. The Lions also have restricted outsiders' access to the practice field -- €” a very Patriots move.

"Whatever information you don't have to give, you don't give it up," safety Tavon Wilson, who played for the Patriots the previous four years, said Wednesday.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.