Detroit Lions Head Coach and General Manager Fired

Allison Matzo, News & Opinions Journalist

Head coach Matt Patricia and general manager Bob Quinn of the Detroit Lions football team were both fired on November 28th, 2020. Patricia had only coached the Lions for two years, starting his career with the team in 2018. During those two years, he accumulated a 13-29-1 record, and during Quinn’s tenure (starting in 2016) the team had a 31-43-1 record. Before becoming the team’s head coach, Patricia was the defensive coordinator for the New England Patriots for six years. His career after transferring to Detroit however quickly declined. In the two years he held the head coach position, the Lions ranked in the bottom ten in scoring, pass, and defense and they were tied for fewest takeaways (43) – according to NFL statistics. Patricia’s career did not only plummet in the personal sense but an official sense as well. He had the lowest win percentage of any NFL coach that team averaged over 21 points in the super bowl era. The Lions have been notorious for blowing huge leads, and under Patricia, they lost nine games after leading by double-digits, which was the most in the league. Taking over as interim head coach will be Darrel Bevell, the team’s offensive coordinator, this is his second year with the Lions, but 20th overall NFL season. The team is currently conducting interviews to permanently fill the head coach and general manager position and the fans are anxiously awaiting a decision.