Detroit Lions’ head coach, Matt Patricia and GM, Bob Quinn have both been relieved of their duties. Detroit is now actively looking to fill both spots.
Breaking: The Detroit Lions announced today that GM Bob Quinn and head coach Matt Patricia have been relieved of their duties. pic.twitter.com/2YRhLm50UB
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) November 28, 2020
The Lions struggled this year, repeating a trend of disappointing seasons since Matt Patricia took over coaching duties. Further, the Lions will probably miss the postseason once more.
Detroit Lions Under Matt Patricia
The Lions had signed Patricia in hopes of making a mediocre Lions team much more competitive. After all, Patricia was part of the New England Patriots coaching staff, so there was reason to believe he could help the Lions right the ship.
That clearly did not happen. As the Lions head coach, Matt Patricia finished with a record of 13-29-1 which amounts to a .341 win percentage.
Those are certainly not the numbers Lions fans were hoping for which is probably why they’re jubilated right now.
Detroit Lions fans when they heard Matt Patricia was relived of his duties pic.twitter.com/blj1BsEUD1
— #RingerNFL (@ringernfl) November 28, 2020
What hurts even more is that the man who Patricia replaced, Jim Caldwell, had a much better record. Caldwell was fired after going 36-28 with the Lions (.563 win percentage), and so clearly the Lions took a risk in signing Patricia.
That was one move that did not pay off. It remains to be seen where the Lions go from here. Matthew Stafford is still a great quarterback in this league, and he does have pieces around him in Kenny Golladay and D’Andre Swift.
However, the new GM will certainly need to bolster the defense and get a few additional playmakers to really make this roster competitve.