League Sources: Matt Patricia Likely Will Return in 2020

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John Maakaron

Matt Patricia will likely return to coach the Detroit Lions next season, according to several league sources. 

"There does not appear to be many signs that the Lions and Patricia are operating like they are coaching for their jobs," a league source told Sports Illustrated Lions Maven. 

A couple of factors that are working in Patricia's favor at this time include strong locker room support and franchise quarterback Matthew Stafford missing significant time in 2019. 

"The players who Patricia brought in speak very highly of him, and he has strong support all over the league. If he is given enough time, the Lions will be competitive," sources said. 

Also, sources expressed that Patricia should be given more credit for the success of the offense. 

Patricia brought in a competent and respected coordinator to work with Stafford in Darrell Bevell. 

The offense has remained fairly consistent despite being forced to play third-string quarterback David Blough against the Bears on Thanksgiving.

Without Stafford and dealing with a myriad of other injuries, the Lions naturally were going to struggle to secure many victories. 

A factor that could negatively impact Patricia and his job status involves how the players respond the last month of the season. 

With the loss to the Bears, the Lions were eliminated from the playoffs. 

There may be challenges keeping some players motivated, but it is believed that the team will continue to play extremely hard for Patricia. 

A source commented, "In this league, things can change week-to-week, sometimes minute-by-minute. But I think Patricia will be the Lions' coach next season."

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Longsufferer
Longsufferer

I would like to hear Patricia own some of the mistakes instead hearing the same coach-speak that is virtually nothing. We need something less vanilla. How about shaking things up and hiring Ron Rivera as DC? We need to be able to make statements that are honest attempts to make Detroit a place where players want to play, coaches want to coach, and fans want to cheer loudly. Ford family plays safe and doesn't want to create noise it seems. But that would be more interesting than placid mediocrity and nothing-speak. Too many big opportunities pass Lions by in this mode, like Ramsey, Patrick Peterson, others that could bring a different look and show excitement during season and sustain hope...

calilion
calilion

And by the way, Caldwell had even more locker room support. We know how that worked out for him.

calilion
calilion

So from 9-7 to 6-10 to now at best 5-10-1. The trend says loser for both quinn and patricia. This is unacceptable but every league needs a washington generals I guess.

The smart solution. Fire both Quinn and Patricia now. Put in as interim, Bevell at HC, and Jimmy Raye who used to be an asst. GM at GM. Then we can see where we're at by seasons end. On the lions current path, Miami and Cinci will cycle back to being good teams and the lions will remain the generals.

Martindoe
Martindoe

The Lions make it hard to be a fan. They were under performing before Stafford got hurt. The defense can't stop anyone and that's Matt Patricia's strength. He should be fired along with Quinn.

Mbillman9
Mbillman9

I believe in Matt Patricia. He's the right guy for the job.

It'd be great to see Caldwell back and have Patricia focus on defense and Bevell on offense.

Or have Jim Schwartz come back to run the defense and keep MP at Head Coach.

Just some fun pretending

ArtCalifornia
ArtCalifornia

Yes I'm thinking the same here only Bevell could even possibly be the next Candidate up...So Patrica it is

caller Bernard
caller Bernard

Yeah well was expecting such, its not a very proactive organization all things being equal he's just not a dynamic individual and to beat Minnesota Greenbay and Chicago you have to be. they will never wildcard when you have to go against the runner-up of the east or west.LA Sea in the West Dallas Philly Giants in the east NO ATL Car in the south how can a 8-8 or 9-7 team win with no stars?


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