The Detroit Lions are going to give head coach Matt Patricia and general manager Bob Quinn one more crack at turning things around. Owner Martha Ford told reporters on Tuesday that both would be back for next season, but she set expectations that the team turn into a playoff contender.
“We expect to be a playoff contender,” Mrs. Ford told https://t.co/GuQ9WAOUfS. “That means playing meaningful games in December.”— Tim Twentyman (@ttwentyman) December 17, 2019
The Lions were eliminated from playoff contention in Week 13 and now sit at 3-10-1. Part of the blame can rest on Matthew Stafford’s injury. His back fracture in Week 9 has cost him the rest of the season. The Lions were 3-4-1 at the time of the injury. They lost their next four games each by a single score including a pair of close divisional losses to the Chicago Bears.
Patricia has been on the hot seat for some time now, and one has to imagine he will make some changes to his coaching staff. The pass defense and rushing offense have each been among the worst in the league. Offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell might get a pass because of the injuries to Stafford and Kerryon Johnson. Defensive coordinator Paul Pasqualoni might not get the same opportunity. We’ll find out in the next few weeks as Patricia and Quinn figure out how to turn around this sinking ship.