Lions Fire Matt Patricia After Abysmal Head Coaching Tenure

Detroit Lions fire Head Coach Matt Patricia & GM Bob Quinn

The Detroit Lions announced they have fired Head Coach Matt Patricia and General Manager Bob Quinn.

Offensive co-ordinator Darrell Bevell will serve as interim head coach for the remainder of the season. It's clear that this was the finals straw for Patricia who has been an enemy of Lions fans since his first season with the team.

Quinn, who has assembled Lions personnel since 2016, saw Detroit go 31-43-1 during his time in charge, stumbling after a pair of 9-7 campaigns at the start of his tenure.

Quinn inherited Jim Caldwell as head coach.

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But Quinn and Patricia never came close to finding the same success in Detroit that the two shared in New England. Last season, they finished second-worst in total defense, giving up 6,406 yards. A few years ago, the team was seeing some success under Jim Caldwell although they shockingly made a decision to fire him and instead, put Matt Patricia in his place.

Lions owner Sheila Ford Hamp and team resident Rod Wood were expected to explain the decisions and to look ahead at the franchise's decades-long attempt to win when it matters in the NFL.

Patricia, a disciple of esteemed New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick, joined Detroit for the 2018 National Football League season, going 6-10 in his first year and even worse, 3-12-1, last year.

The firing comes after the team was embarrassed by a 3-7 Houston Texans team on Thanksgiving, 41-25, their second straight loss.

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