Matt Patricia
The Lions are firing head coach Matt Patricia and general manager Bob Quinn. Both were hired from the Patriots organization. (Jose Juarez/Associated Press)

Lions Fire Matt Patricia And Bob Quinn

The Detroit Lions are cleaning house. Everybody must go! Head coach Matt Patricia and general manager Bob Quinn have been fired. After a 41-25 loss on Thanksgiving to the Houston Texans, the Lions organization thought it was time for a change.

Adam Schefter of ESPN was the first to report the news in Detroit:

This move felt like one that seemed like only a matter of time. Anthony Fontanello wrote a post about not allowing Patricia to come back to Detroit. Well, that’s exactly what happened. After that brutal loss to a bad Texans team, the Ford family pulled the plug.

The Lions rank dead last in EPA per play in 2020 on the defensive side of the ball. The Lions also have a record of 13-29-1 under Patricia. It comes to no surprise that Patricia was let go because he’s simply failed to win football games. Offensive coordinator Darrell Bevel is the interim coach for the rest of the season.

Both Quinn and Patricia were hired from the Patriots organization. Quinn deserves plenty of blame too. They have failed to build a dominate roster in Detroit. D’Andre Swift and Kenny Golladay will go in the books as Quinn’s best draft picks.

It remains to be seen what’s next for Patricia. It’s not the best look when you’re known for defense and your unit gets smoked every Sunday. New England also has its defensive coordinator vacancy filled with Jerod Mayo and Bill Belichick’s son. Either way, Patricia will likely look for a DC job or possibly a head coaching position in college.