Lions head coach Matt Patricia, GM Bob Quinn after Week 12 Thanksgiving loss

Tim Fuller / USA TODAY Sports

The era of Matt Patricia is over in Detroit. On Saturday the Lions announced that they have released the head coach along with general manager Bob Quinn after a 4-7 start to the 2020 season. This happens immediately after a 41-25 blowout loss for that Houston Texans on Thanksgiving Day in Week 12. Previously, Lions were through on Week 11 Carolina Panthers.

Patricia was hired as the Lions head coach back in 2018 after spending nearly a decade and a half with the Lions New England Patriots Organization. Quinn also came from the Patriots organization, but from 2016.

While Patrick’s arrival brought a promise to turn the franchise into a competitor after leading New England to three Super Bowl titles as defensive coordinator, his tenure as Lions head coach was far from fruitful. In the two and a half seasons as head coach, Patricia ends with a 13-29-1 record (0.314 percent win). For reference, Jim Caldwell, whom Patricia replaced, went to 36-28 (0.563 percent win) during his tenure in Detroit.

At the beginning of this season it was clear that both Patricia and Quinn were in the hot seat. In December 2019 the then owner Martha Ford and the then deputy chairwoman (now owner) Sheila Ford Hamp wrote an open letter to fans saying “We expect the Lions to be a playoff contender in 2020.” As this does not matter as the calendar is slated to switch to December 2020, the property has decided to reduce and roll back its losses.

From here, Lions will approach Offensive Coordinator Darrell Bevell as their interim head coach Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network. Bevell has been OK in Detroit for the past two seasons. He previously held the same position with the Seattle Seahawks from 2011 to 2017, helping lead the franchise to a Super Bowl XLVIII title.

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