After meeting with Lions’ owner, Matt Patricia “pretty confident” he’s safe

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Lions coach Matt Patricia does not believe he is on the hot seat.

Patricia, who took over a 9-7 Lions team and is 5-10 in his first season, said on Wednesday that he’d just had a meeting with Lions owner Martha Ford (one he presumably showed up on time to) and is “pretty confident” he’s going to keep his job.

“Everything for me right now is just keep moving forward and getting ready for the game this weekend,” Patricia said.

Patricia avoided questions about whether he’ll make changes to his coaching staff, but offensive coordinator Jim Bob Cooter, whom Patricia inherited from former coach Jim Caldwell’s staff, seems likely to get fired. The Lions clearly have to make some changes, and if Patricia isn’t out, then he’ll probably fire some of his assistants to take the heat off himself.

47 responses to “After meeting with Lions’ owner, Matt Patricia “pretty confident” he’s safe

  1. Betcha Tennessee is grinning ear to ear about how much better Vrabel is compared to Matt P. Tennessee doesnt even have a QB either.

  2. I knew at the beginning of the year it was going to get worse before it got better, as it should. Time to weed out the players that came here thinking that they can coast, if your not willing to go that extra mile then we have no use for you

  3. The lack of talent isn’t helping him…oh and they did trade their best WR mid-season. How can you fire a guy working with that bunch. Plus they paid Stafford some Cy Young money so there’s that as well.

  4. There’s no point in firing a coach a year into his tenure unless there’s obvious signs he’s absolutely terrible.

    you clearly haven’t been watching, he’s terrible.

  5. The lack of talent isn’t helping him…oh and they did trade their best WR mid-season. How can you fire a guy working with that bunch. Plus they paid Stafford some Cy Young money so there’s that as well.


    funny, no one ever makes this defense when it comes to bowles.

  6. He was the defensive coordinator for a team that won multiple super bowls. He went to a team that’s never won a super bowl. He inherited a team that had a QB who was the number one overall pick. They need to draft the unsung Michigan QB in the 6th round. Just follow the script. Belichick’s first year wasn’t great either.

  7. I never liked the Patricia hire. I still don’t like it. I don’t think he’s been able to handle the culture shock of losing and losing in Detroit.. I also think he’s trying to be too much like Belechick and not being himself. It’s a little hypocritical to chastise people for not respecting the “process” when you’re consistently late, haven’t shaved in 6 months, and dress like a middle school gym teacher. It wouldn’t hurt my feelings to see him be a one and done. I just can’t see it happening, he and Invisible Quinn are tied at the hip. All that being said, I think he needs one more season to truly input his system and hire his own OC. If they don’t make the playoffs next year (barring massive injuries), then BOTH he and Quinn should be on the hot seat.

  8. If Jim Caldwell goes to Green Bay, LOLOLOLOLOLOL!!!!!

    LOLions!!!

  9. Here’s my standard for retaining coaches: is the team regressing, improving, or staying the same? Two of those get you fired, it’s just a longer term decision if the team is staying the same.

    Patricia came in and the team regressed — he’d better be feeling some heat.

  10. Haven’t really followed the lions too closely but seems like they are in a lot of games and play fairly hard. Also, seems like they have a legit RB for once.

  11. The lack of talent isn’t helping him…oh and they did trade their best WR mid-season.
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    31 teams would love to have taken Kenny Golliday off the Lions hands.

  12. “There’s no point in firing a coach a year into his tenure unless there’s obvious signs he’s absolutely terrible.”

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    Aren’t there flashing lights and sirens indicating he’s terrible? This guy headed up one of the worst defenses in the league last season, he looks like he can barely be troubled to put on a clean sweatshirt each day, he already had his players revolt and it’s coming out he’s always late to his own meetings. Oh and he had a #metoo allegation too.

    He was a bad hire from day 1 and nothing has changed since then.

  13. rogerdodger99 says:
    December 27, 2018 at 5:26 am
    There’s no point in firing a coach a year into his tenure unless there’s obvious signs he’s absolutely terrible.
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    Hmmm…So….you’re saying they should fire him?

  14. A new coach inherits the players the last coach wanted in there to run their systems. A new coach needs some time to get his type of guys, teach his system and teach the players what he expects. Not an easy division either. Even guys like Parcells and Belichick had to go through this. If you keep blowing it up every yr or 2 you end up like the Bills. 10 HCs in 20 yrs since Levy, and all they do is tread water. Unless Patricia demonstrates he’s totally inept, which I haven’t seen(although he deserves some criticism), staying the course is the smart thing to do.

  15. I am no football expert by any measure, but anyone thinking this guy should get another year to weed out players and install his own offensive coordinator is living in an alternative reality. Matt Patricia is horrible, cannot manage the clock, is woeful when it comes to preparation and is seriously overmatched by most opposing coaches he faces.

    If he is not fired on Black Monday then we truly are the same old Lions.

  16. They should fire the person who fired Caldwell (wait, can’t do that). We love to promote the incompetent. Not sure why the Lions don’t want to win.

  17. The leader is supposed to set an example and be above the little stuff. Attacking media for really petty stuff and being late to your own team meetings just shows he’s concentrating on distractions rather than focusing on why his team sucks. It also sounds like he’s a snowflake who can’t stand criticism of his poor performance so he lashes out. Sound familiar?

    Being tardy constantly is a sign of disrespect. It tells others that you do not value their time, and that other things are more important to you than them. It sets the example that discipline is not important. The record and stupid mistakes on the field reflect this.

  18. ohio477034473 says:
    December 27, 2018 at 11:18 am

    The Lions haven’t won a playoff game in over 25 years. Nobody can change that type of losing culture in one season.

    ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ

    And that’s the only playoff game they have won since 1957.

  19. If Matt Patricia is “safe”, that means that cheeseburgers and fries in Detroit are not safe for at least another year.

  20. The common thread to the Lions being average to below average is their QB. He slings it like the kid on he side streets that refused to play organized ball but instead wanted to be a legend in pickup games.

  21. This guy inherited a team that was supposed to do better than 9-7 upon his arrival. Lions fans were promised that Patricia wouldn’t just take them to the playoffs, they’d win playoff games. That was supposed to happen this year – no rebuild necessary. Lions fans are so desperate for a winner that they were even willing to overlook rape charges filed against Patricia back when he was a college fratboy.

    McVay took a Rams team that had been awful and took them to the playoffs his first season. Here we are in season two, and the Rams are playing for a first round bye. In his first season Mike Vrabel’s Tennessee Titans are in the hunt for a playoff spot. A first year coach can win if he’s a good coach.

    Considering the Lions track record for letting bad coaches stay, and a business model built around giving fans just enough hope that they’ll keep buying tickets, there’s an excellent chance we’ll be having this same discussion next year and the year after that. Lions fans are so insanely loyal that they deserve a much better team, and that starts with a much better coach. But don’t expect Patricia to be fired while Quinn is the GM.

  22. Nobody can win consistently in Detroit. They are a perennial 5-6 win team no matter who is the head coach.

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    rogerdodger99 says:
    December 27, 2018 at 5:26 am
    There’s no point in firing a coach a year into his tenure unless there’s obvious signs he’s absolutely terrible.
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    There are absolutely signs he’s terrible.

    The Lions W/L record. Showing up 45 min late to your own meetings (which let’s the team know you don’t value their time). Chastising a media member for not sitting up straight enough for…um…him.

    He’s not mature enough to handle the responsibility of leading men. A large handful of the players don’t respect him. The media now dosent respect him. The fans are revolting and he doesn’t know how to corral it.

    Caldwell was the exact opposite of Fatty P. Polite. Respectful. Mature. A good HC.
    All things Matty P isnt.

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