Detroit Lions head coach Matt Patricia

When Should the Detroit Lions Move on from Matt Patricia?

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By Alex Hathaway November 10, 2020 0 Comment
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The Detroit Lions get embarrassed again in a 20-34 loss to the Minnesota Vikings. When should the Lions move on from Matt Patricia?

The Lions looked like an absolute mess on Sunday, and it wasn’t the first time we’ve seen it under Matt Patricia.

The Vikings rushed for 275 yards against the Lions defense, which showed little resistance on Sunday. Coming into this game, the Lions needed to contain one player to even stand a chance. Of course, that player was Dalvin Cook who accounted for 252 of the Vikings offensive yards. On top of that, the Lions continue to show no signs of improvement with their coverage and pass rush—the same issues since the coaching change in 2018.

2019 was Matt Patricia’s first year with all the players he brought in to fit his system. The Lions gave up 6,406 total yards to opposing teams, ranking 31st in the NFL. The Lions finished with a 3-12-1 record in 2019, but Matt Patricia got reassurance he would be the Lions head coach in 2020.

A lot of people excused the poor record due to Matthew Stafford getting injured and only playing in 8 games, but the abysmal defense was the real issue. The Lions were still 3-4-1 with Stafford playing at an MVP level. The issue is and has been the defense under Matt Patricia, and we’re STILL seeing the same issues in 2020.

What is the ownership waiting for?

In 2018, the Lions were coming off two 9-7 seasons, and just needed a little push to make them legit playoff contenders. Fast forward to 2020 and Patricia holds a current record of 12-27-1 as the Lions head coach. Matt Patricia should have been fired in 2018 after taking a team with proven talent, and turning them into a 6-10 team. There’s simply no excuse for such a poor season when you are gifted a 9-7 team. We’re still talking about the same issues, with the same poor record in 2020. The Lions shouldn’t give Matt Patricia until the end of the season. It’s time for him to go now.

At the end of 2019, the Lions ownership came out with a statement reassuring Matt Patricia and Bob Quinn’s jobs for 2020. The only expectation was for the Lions to be “playoff contenders” in the 2020 season. Well, here they are again, sitting at 3-5. That’s not exactly a playoff worthy record, especially considering the Lions have lost by double digits in 3 of their 5 losses. Matt Patricia has proven time and time again that he is not capable of being a successful head coach.

Now, I understand making someone like Brayden Coombs (Lions Special Teams Coordinator) the interim head coach most likely won’t save the Lions season. What can it hurt? Matt Patricia has been given more than enough opportunities to see what’s not working, and change it. Yet here we are, scratching our heads wondering how the Lions continue to lose week after week. So why not give a guy like Coombs a chance? Aside from that, it would show fans and players that mediocracy is unacceptable, and that the ownership is aware of the issues we all see every week.

Don’t expect much change in 2020.

With all that being said, it looks like Matt Patricia and Bob Quinn will stick around until the end of the season. The Lions still have some favorable games ahead of them, but the playoffs already seem to be out of the picture. The Lions are coming off two very bad losses. It’s hard to imagine the Lions win more than a few more games this season unless the coaching staff makes some serious changes. I mean, they would have to blow the whole thing up and start fresh considering nothing is working.

I wouldn’t count on much change at all, but we’ll have to wait and see.

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