The Detroit Lions finally pulled the trigger on a much-needed personnel change on Saturday afternoon, relieving head coach Matt Patricia and GM Bob Quinn of their duties.
Patricia arrived in Detroit in 2018 after several years of serving as defensive coordinator of the New England Patriots.
Could a ruining potentially be in the works? ESPN writer Mike Reiss hinted at the possibility.
Check out the reasoning:
“When the Lions fired head coach Matt Patricia on Saturday, one of the first questions closer to home in New England was whether coach Bill Belichick might quickly bring him aboard as a consultant-type presence, similar to when Josh McDaniels rejoined the organization in January 2012 after being let go by the Rams. That, of course, assumes Patricia would even be interested in such a scenario instead of just stepping away to spend more time with his wife, Raina, and the couple’s three children before pursuing his next career move. Similar to when McDaniels returned and didn’t want to step on the toes of then-offensive coordinator Bill O’Brien, Patricia could possibly do the same with outside linebackers coach Steve Belichick — or even take on a more general role as an assistant to the overall coaching staff (e.g. similar to Michael Lombardi in 2014-15).
Patricia has a background on offense and defense in the Patriots’ system, and such brainpower could be helpful to ease Bill Belichick’s burden in this COVID-19 year and into 2021. So it’s a possibility that could benefit both if there were two-sided motivation to make it happen.”
Would a Patricia-to-New England reunion make sense for both sides? Only time will tell.
– – Quotes via Mike Reiss of ESPN Link – –