Lions Fire Head Coach Matt Patricia, General Manager Bob Quinn


The Detroit Lions fired head coach Matt Patricia and general manager Bob Quinn, the team announced

According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, Lions offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell will serve as the interim head coach. Both Patricia and Quinn are under contact through 2022.

Lions owner and chairwoman Shelia Ford Hamp said in a news conference that she is confident in helping the franchise find the proper leadership.

"Our efforts to find the right leadership begins today," Hamp said. "I promise you that we are going to do an extremely thorough and comprehensive search for both positions."

Detroit (4–7) is coming off a 41–25 loss to the Texans on Thanksgiving Day. It was the Lions second consecutive loss after their last win came on Nov. 15 against the Washington football team. Detroit has lost four of its last five games by double digits, prompting Hamp's decision to pull the plug on Patricia and Quinn.

"Both of those games were extremely disappointing," Hamp said. "It seemed like the path going forward wasn't what we wanted it to be.

"I wanted to do the right thing by this organization and that's the bottom line. It clearly wasn't working and it wasn't what we hoped for when we hired them."

As of now, Hamp has no desire to shift or change team president Rod Wood's role. 

Under Quinn and Patricia, the Lions went 13-29-1. The two were tasked with recharging the franchise that has not won a playoff game since 1992. With the Lions on track for a third-consecutive losing season, Patricia finished coaching tenure in Detroit with a .314 winning percentage. 

After a disappointing 6–10 2018 season, Detroit finished 3-12-1 in 2019 when Matthew Stafford missed half of the season due to injury.

Jim Caldwell, who Quinn fired after going 9–7 in 2017, won 54.5% of his games, best among full-time Lions coaches in the expansion era, according to Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press

Quinn replaced Martin Mayhew as general manager in January 2016 and brought Patricia in two years later. According to Birkett, ownership led to the firing of Patricia and Quinn.

The Lions currently sit at the bottom of the NFC North. Detroit will return to action on Dec. 6 when the Lions go on the road to face the Bears.