Matt Patricia Out As Coach Of The Detroit Lions

The Detroit Lions have fired head coach Matt Patricia and general manager, Bob Quinn. There were high expectations when the Lions plucked Patricia from the New England Patriots coaching staff, and many thought the Lions would be Super Bowl-bound soon. Patricia soon found out that would not be the case, as the Lions since the Jim Caldwell days have been the laughing stock of the league. 

Patricia, a three-time Super Bowl Champion as a coach, came to to the Lions in 2018. Patricia was 13-29-1 as a Lions coach, including a 4-7 mark this year. The firing comes two days after the Lions were blown out at home by the Houston Texans 41-25. 

The Lions fired Jim Caldwell after two consecutive 9-7 seasons to bring Patricia to the Lions. At the time, Quinn said they wanted to bring in a coach that could win the big games. Patricia won 13 games in just over two and half seasons. Also, Patricia alienated some of the players with his tough approach causing a rift in the locker room. 

Lions owner Martha Ford said at the end of last season when the decision to being Patricia as a coach, that she expected to be playing meaningful games in December. Sheila Ford Hamp was quoted in June as saying:

“The overarching thing is that we want to see (a) major improvement and at this point, I can’t really say what the specific measures are going to be because I don’t know what the season is going to be like yet. But believe me, (a) major improvement is the goal.”

Patricia, known for his defensive expertise, had the Lions ranked near the bottom of the NFL in defense. The Lions allowed over 30 points in seven of 11 games and over 40 points in three of those games. 

In three games this season, the Lions have had double-digit leads and let the leads disappear. The Lions have not won a division title since 1993 and have not won a playoff game since the 1991 season. 

Offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell has been promoted to head coach for the remainder of the season. The only meaningful games the Lions will be playing is for draft positioning in the 2021 NFL draft.