Lions fires head coach Matt Patricia GM Quinn after 12-week Thanksgiving loss


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The Matt Patricia era is over in Detroit. On Saturday, the Lions announced that they had fired head coach, along with CEO Bob Quinn, after starting the 4-7 start of the 2020 season. This is a direct consequence of a 41-25 loss against Houston Texans at Thanksgiving in Week 12. Earlier, in week 11, the lions were locked out of the hands of the Carolina Panthers.

Patricia was first hired as head coach of the Lions in 2018 after spending nearly a decade and a half with the New England Patriots. As for Quinn, he also moved from the Patriots, although it started in 2016.

While Patricia’s arrival promised to become a franchise racer after helping New England reach three Super Bowl titles as a defensive coordinator, the Lions head coach position was only fruitful. Over the course of two and a half seasons, Patricia finishes with a 13-29-1 balance (.314 victory percentage). Jim Caldwell, who was replaced by Patricia, became 36-28 (.563 percent win) in Detroit.

Heading towards this season, it was quite clear that Patricia and Quinn were also in the hot session. Back in December 2019, then-owner Martha Ford and then-vice-president (currently owner) Sheila Ford Hamp wrote an open letter to fans stating that “our expectation is for the Lions to be playoff players in 2020”. Since this will not happen as the calendar changes by December 2020, the property owner has decided to reduce its losses and restore it.

From now on, the Lions will turn to Attack Coordinator Darrell Bevell as interim head coach Ian Rapoport from the NFL Network. Bevell has been in Detroit OC for the past two seasons. Prior to that, he held the same position with the Seattle Seahawks team from 2011-2017 and helped win the franchise’s Super Bowl XLVIII title.