The Detroit Lions raised more than a few eyebrows earlier this month when they announced that maligned head coach Matt Patricia would be given a third year on the job, with the expectation that the team contend for the playoffs.
With today’s loss against the Green Bay Packers to close out the 2019 season, his record stands at a less-than-stellar 9-22-1 in two seasons on the job.
NFL analyst Jason La Canfora put together a list of NFL head coaches that will be on the hot seat next season, and Patricia is indeed among them.
“Their results have gone backwards, fast, after firing Jim Caldwell despite a winning record in a place where no one has a winning record. Keeping Matt Patricia for a third year seemed a stretch to some around the league, but ownership has made it clear this had better be a playoff team in 2020 … but even with a healthy Matthew Stafford that might be a stretch in that division. The Lions haven’t been able to sustain anything positive under this regime and seem to still have their share of issues along the offensive and defensive lines. Big gains will be required of this group.”
– – Quote courtesy of Jason La Canfora of NFL.com Link – –