Matt Patricia or Bob Quinn: Who Deserves More Blame?

John Maakaron

The Detroit Lions have experienced yet another tough stretch of football. 

Detroit's last NFL victory came on October 17, 2019 against the New York Giants. 

For an organization in desperate need of anything positive to speak of, going over 300 days in between victories has sent Detroit's fanbase into panic mode. 

Head coach Matt Patricia and general manager Bob Quinn were supposed to be able to work together and use their experience in the NFL to aid a franchise get over the hump. 

Instead, the product out on the football field looks like a complete mess, and the only solutions that have been offered have been dialing up the agents of older veterans that used to play for the Patriots.

It is challenging to pinpoint exactly what has ailed the organization the past three years, but surely this is not what ownership or anyone supporting the team expected. 

Patricia has preached fundamentals and execution since the first day he arrived at Allen Park. 

"When you work fundamentals, I think you really try to master the basics first. One of the reasons we want to do that is when the game goes on and the body wears down, the mind gets tired, you want to revert to that muscle memory," Patricia said Thursday in a video conference with Detroit media. "For us, when we get to (the) muscle memory point in the game, our technique is usually what you rely on and where you go to from that standpoint and when you are tired. Certainly you’ll find in games where there’s just poor technique or poor fundamentals that cause teams to lose. That’s the part of it -- we always want to have that base to go back to. But certainly we can’t just sit in that one space. We have to work to master that first, but also move forward at the same time."

Detroit's general manager also has to accept some culpability in the team's losing streak. 

The team lacks depth in several key areas and there do not appear to be any answers in sight. 

For example, why would the team invest such a high draft pick in Julian Okwara to only then declare him a healthy scratch against the Packers?

The solution to solve the failing pass-rush is to bring in 31-year-old Jabaal Sheard for a workout?

On too many occasions, Quinn has failed to upgrade the defense in meaningful ways. 

After a little over two seasons, it appears as if their time working together might be coming to a close. 

Who is more to blame for the struggles of the Lions?

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Comments (12)
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MelloFan
MelloFan

Quinn is most to blame because he fired Caldwell—a winning coach, for Patricia—a losing coach.

3 tripod3
3 tripod3

Quin , Patricia , and Stafford need to get out of Detroit along with all the ex patriots let’s blow it up start over start by hiring home grown talent like Chris Spielman for head coach ...... get rid of these jokes of men they are nothing like Caldwell , it’s just disgusting 🤮 Patricia and Quin better be gone by the bye week..... hallelujah 🙏💥 David from Detroit

Daniel Kelly
Daniel Kelly

The architect of the team deserves the most credit or the most blame depending.

Andria m
Andria m

Bob Quinn is most to blame

Jmurdock
Jmurdock

Quinn and Patricia are both equally to blame... Quinn has given all the coaches the players the coach asked for and getting his guys... Patricia is not utilizing the talent effectively.
Both are now desperate and both are looking in the mirror wondering what's going on and why it's not working.. I have a feeling the AZ game is going to hurt and cause irreparable damage.

Harrie
Harrie

Quinn. He is Millen II. Always the smartest guy in the room but is 100% a phony. He knows nothing about talent. The Lions need to hire Chris Spielman as GM. His brother Rick is one of the best GMs in the NFL.

Motorcityfanman
Motorcityfanman

Quinn and Patricia own the blame and need to go!

The Karras Gamble
The Karras Gamble

Bob Quinn. He said Caldwell and 9-7 wasn't good enough. Okay, point taken. So he hired his buddy from the Patriots, and the team has not only gotten progressively worse, it is already at the Rod Marinelli record level. Quinn hasn't got any superstars in free agency or the draft. He's hired in a bunch of Patriot retreads and gotten rid of pro-bowlers (Slay, Diggs, Warford, etc.). Quinn and Patricia need to both go.


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