Detroit Lions News: Bob Quinn and Matt Patricia sent packing


Finally, the Detroit Lions are parting ways with head coach Matt Patricia and general manager Bob Quinn.

After another lackluster start to the season, the Detroit Lions have fired Matt Patricia and Bob Quinn.  It had been clear the two were attached at the hip, especially after Quinn decided to back his only coaching hire during his time as the teams’ GM after a third consecutive awful start to the season.

Patricia guided the Lions to an overall record of 13-29-1 during his time as head coach.  It’s not at all impressive, considering Patricia was taking a team that finished with back-to-back 9-7 seasons.

In year one of the Patricia era, the Detroit Lions finished with an overall record of 6-10.  It was certainly a step back from how the organization performed under Jim Caldwell, but Quinn and Patricia preached patience.  The pair wanted to overhaul the Lions roster in hopes of building a playoff, championship contender.  It was supposed to be a step backward before taking two steps forward, something if true any fan base could understand and get behind.

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The problem was instead of one step forward and two back; it’s been three steps backward with the Lions stuck in reverse.  There hadn’t been any light at the end of the tunnel; the hope and optimism fans had this offseason after what many considered a strong draft quickly faded away after an awful 1-3 start to the season.

Detroit’s proven they can beat the bottom of the barrel teams under Patricia, but when it comes to matching up with the middle of the road teams or teams consider better, Detroit wouldn’t just lose; they’d be completely embarrassed.

Despite winning four games in 2020, the writing was on the wall after being blown out on national television this past Thursday on Thanksgiving day.  The rebuilding, reeling Houston Texans steamrolled the Lions 41-25.

Team owner Sheila Ford Hamp had been spotted with her face buried in her hands; when an owner can’t bear to watch the product on the field, it’s only a matter of time.  It’s a good move, and a decision that needed to be made.

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The Detroit Lions will elevate offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell as the teams’ interim head coach for the remainder of the 2020 season to many fans’ despair. It would have been nice to see specials teams coordinator Brayden Coombs have an opportunity to fill the role, but Bevell seems like the safe, conservative choice, and don’t forget, Sheila is still a Ford.