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Lions Fire Coach Patricia, GM Quinn

November 28, 2020

Nearly three full seasons into his tenure as head coach of the Detroit Lions, Matt Patricia was relieved of his duties as of Saturday, the franchise announced.

In addition to Patricia, the Lions also let go of general manager Bob Quinn, who was hired by the franchise in January of 2016. 

According to reports, Lions offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell will serve as the interim head coach. 

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport delivered the latest on the decision in Detroit.

Patricia walked the sidelines for a grand total of 43 games across three seasons in Detroit, finishing with a record of 13-29-1 in that time. 

He never oversaw a winning season as Lions head coach, and in 2020, Detroit is 4-7 through 11 weeks.

Both Patricia and Quinn served in New England before making their way to Detroit. Patricia was Bill Belichick's defensive coordinator from 2012-2017, but had been with the franchise since 2004. Quinn's tenure in New England began in the year 2000, and he most recently served as the Patriots' Director of Pro Scouting from 2012 to 2015. 

Quinn won four rings in New England, while Patricia won three.

After beginning the 2020 season at 3-3, the Lions have lost four of their last five, and are 1-5 at home this season. 

Most recently, Detroit suffered a 20-0 defeat at Carolina in Week 11, before falling 41-25 to Houston on Thanksgiving day. 

Detroit is giving up 396.2 yards per game (27th in the NFL) and allowing 29.8 points per game (30th in the NFL).

After the announcement, former Lions running back and FOX Sports college football analyst Reggie Bush weighed in on what Detroit should do moving forward. 

This is a developing story. 


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