DETROIT, Mich. (WLNS)— The Detroit Lions have fired Head Coach Matt Patricia and General Manager Bob Quinn. Offensive coordinator, Darrell Bevell, will be the interim head coach for the rest of the 2020 season.
The Detroit Lions announced today that Bob Quinn and Matt Patricia have been relieved of their duties. pic.twitter.com/Tz5Rc7y53Y— Detroit Lions (@Lions) November 28, 2020
The organization announced the move on social media Saturday afternoon.
Patricia spent three seasons with the Lions following a successful run as defensive coordinator for the New England Patriots. Detroit failed to make the postseason in each of those seasons since Patricia took over for Jim Caldwell, who led the Lions to their last two playoff appearances in 2014 and 2016.
The Lions currently have a record of 4-7, following a 41-25 Thanksgiving day loss to the Houston Texans. The week before the Thanksgiving day loss, the Lions were shutout 20-0 by the Carolina Panthers. It was the Lions’ first shutout since 2009.
When speaking with the media on Saturday afternoon Principal Owner and Chairman, Sheila Ford Hamp, was asked if those losses were one of the many reasons why she decided to fire Patricia and Quinn this weekend.
“Honestly yes, ten days ago we looked like we had a great chance to be playoff bound and both of those games were extremely disappointing,” said Hamp. “It just seemed like the path going forward wasn’t what we wanted it to be so yes we thought this was a good time to make the change.”
The Lions will be on the road to take on the Chicago Bears next Sunday, December 6th. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m.