Just a few days ago, NFL Network reporter Ian Rapoport suggested Detroit Lions head coach Matt Patricia was coaching for his job on Thanksgiving Day.
“Today looms large. A loss to today against a Texans team that is not very good takes them to 4-7. That doesn’t mean they cannot make the playoffs – it’s not impossible,” Rapoport said.
Well, after a blowout loss to the Texans, Lions ownership had a major decision to make. According to a statement from the team, the Lions have fired Patricia after his 4-7 start to the season.
That’s not all, however. Detroit also announced general manager Bob Quinn has been fired as well.
“The Detroit Lions announced today that Bob Quinn and Matt Patricia have been relieved of their duties,” the Lions said in a statement.
The Detroit Lions announced today that Bob Quinn and Matt Patricia have been relieved of their duties. pic.twitter.com/Tz5Rc7y53Y
— Detroit Lions (@Lions) November 28, 2020
Patricia took over for former Lions head coach Jim Caldwell, who finished with a 9-7 record in his last year in Detroit. The decision to fire Caldwell was controversial at the time, but looks even worse now.
Patricia’s best season came in his first season as the Lions head coach when he led the team to a 6-10 record. In retrospect, Caldwell’s WORST season came in 2015 when he led the team to a 7-9 record.
Patricia racked up a 13-29-1 record in his three years as the team’s head coach and failed to reach the playoff in all three seasons.