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Report: Lions head coach Matt Patricia, GM Bob Quinn fired after 4-7 start

Matt Patricia, Bob Quinn, Lions

The Detroit Lions have finally fired head coach Matt Patricia along with general manager Bob Quinn, per NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport. This is a move everyone in Detroit was expecting after the team lost to the Houston Texans on Thanksgiving Day.

According to Rapoport, offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell will be the interim head coach for the rest of the 2020 season.

 

The Lions are 4-7 and have failed to post a winning season under Matt Patricia’s leadership. Patricia, a disciple of esteemed New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick, joined Detroit for the 2018 NFL season, going 6-10 in his first year and even worse, 3-12-1, last year.

Bob Quinn, meanwhile, had been with the Lions since 2016. The team went 31-43-1 under his leadership.

It looks like a huge shake-up for the Motown franchise is in the works, something Lions fans are looking forward to since the team has been a walking disaster ever since Patricia came on board.

While Patricia went 3-12-1 in 2019, it bears remembrance that veteran quarterback Matthew Stafford missed the last eight games of the season (with the team losing every game). However, Patricia, in particular, has rubbed off very poorly on many players coming through the Lions’ locker room. Notably, former Lions cornerback Darius Slay–now with the Philadelphia Eagles–has consistently badmouthed the organization and Patricia.

Additionally, there was a story released recently that described players drinking in the locker room at the end of last season, celebrating finally being done with Patricia and the three-win team.

The Lions will miss the playoffs this season and begin a coaching search in the offseason. As for 2020, Detroit will face the Chicago Bears, Green Bay Packers, Tennessee Titans, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Minnesota Vikings to close out the season.