Martha Ford: Matt Patricia, Bob Quinn will return in 2020

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Lions head coach Matt Patricia believes the team has built the foundation for a competitive team while going 9-20-1 over his first 30 games in Detroit and he’ll have a chance to work with that foundation in 2020.

Lions owner Martha Ford told reporters on Tuesday that Patricia and General Manager Bob Quinn will both return to the team for the 2020 season. It will be Patricia’s third year as head coach and Quinn’s fifth season in Detroit. Both men are under contract through 2022.

Vice chair Sheila Ford Hamp said that firing Patricia and/or Quinn might have been “the popular choice,” but that the organization feels this is the more prudent decision. Ford also shared what she wants to see from the team next year.

“We expect to be a playoff contender and those are our expectations, which we’ve expressed to both Bob and to Matt,” Ford said, via Chris Burke of TheAthletic.com.

It remains to be seen if other changes could be made to the coaching staff. One spot to look at may be defensive coordinator as the team has struggled on that side of the ball with Paul Pasqualoni in that position this season.

69 responses to “Martha Ford: Matt Patricia, Bob Quinn will return in 2020

  1. Cowboys fans who complain about Jerruh being the owner should look at Detroit and count their blessings.

  2. Right move. Gotta give it 3 years, otherwise you’re still doing the same thing you’ve done. They’ve had a ton of injuries, so if it’s true he as the buy in from the players, it may work.

  3. Do not understand why they have so much patience with Patricia but not Caldwell. The team has gotten worse each year since his firing.

  4. Why? The team is a train wreck and going backwards. See the Fords, Browns, Snyder, for buffoon owners of the year. The issue is ownership and will always be.

  5. I think with Stafford back in the lineup and a pick probably in the top 3-5 range the Lions will be more competitive next year. If Quinn and Patricia can’t get it handled by the end of next year that seems long enough – where changing things now seems a year too early.

  6. I blame the Detroit fans. YOU have not given private ford the proper motivation to run the team right. Since you refuse to punish ford via not showing up for the games, you are getting what you deserve. Drop down and give me 50. And now you are going to let her parachute out via sale to Bezos?

  7. darcrequiem says:
    December 17, 2019 at 3:25 pm
    Meanwhile Jim Caldwell got dropped because 9-7 wasn’t good enough.

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    After 4 years. Current coach has only had 2. Comparing apples to oranges.

  8. boltgangordontbang says:
    December 17, 2019 at 3:23 pm
    Do not understand why they have so much patience with Patricia but not Caldwell. The team has gotten worse each year since his firing.

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    Caldwell had 4 years, Patricia is wrapping up year 2. How is that “so much patience with Patricia but not Caldwell”?

  9. Ordinarily, I’d say that was a good move. But, those two let Diggs go for practically nothing in return. Not a move to inspire confidence. I don’t mind teams moving good players if they get decent value in return, but a team like the Lions can’t afford to give away what little talent they’ve got.

  10. So the 3 year plan was to go from 9-7 with a solid defense and decent QB to two successive losing seasons? The Lions had a losing record when Stafford and others were healthy. I like Stafford a ton, think the Lions have great skill position players and decent defensive personnel, but a good leader/owner has to know when to cut their losses. Patience isn’t always a virtue. Lions fans deserve better.

  11. So Patricia and Quinn are coming back next year. Guess that means we can pencil Detroit in for the NFC North cellar once more. As a Viking fan, I’m fine with that, but I do feel sorry for the long-suffering Lions fans. They’ve had lousy teams even longer than Cleveland has.

  12. I thought Stafford was doing pretty good till the injuries, what they need imo is a decent back up qb. Who knows…

  13. nfella says:
    December 17, 2019 at 3:33 pm

    Caldwell had 4 years, Patricia is wrapping up year 2. How is that “so much patience with Patricia but not Caldwell”?

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    Caldwell never had a double digit losing season. Patricia has had 2 double digit losing seasons in 2 years.

    The injuries have been mostly been on the offensive side of the ball but the Defense, which has been fairly healthy and Patricia’s supposed strong suit, has fallen to 31 out of 32 teams.

    He has had 2 drafts and 2 offseasons. It’s not like the defense was horrible when he arrived. In Caldwell’s final year the defense was 6th best in Yard allowed per game, 2 years into the Patricia regime it’s 31st.

    Where is the reason for hope on the defensive side of the ball?

    The only thing worse than the Lions sticking with Patricia is the Browns sticking with Kitchens while all the players are begging other teams to trade for them during games.

  14. All you arm chair owners that are mad about this, you don’t understand football, let alone culture change. This team was going down swinging week in/week out until the injuries became too much to handle. They need a couple new OL’s and LB’s and a healthy roster and this team will compete.

  15. “All you arm chair owners that are mad about this, you don’t understand football, let alone culture change…”

    The “culture” was 11-5, 7-9, 9-7, 9-7. What exactly about football are we not understanding?

  16. Why isn’t Patricia the brilliant defensive playcaller that he was in New England? Couldn’t possibly be that he no longer gets magic intel reports like he did with the Pats.

  17. It was diminishing returns and no playoff wins for Caldwell. Brian Billick got fired a year removed from going 13-3 and having won the Super Bowl. The franchise QB got hurt for the Lions, Patricia should get one more year. After that who knows.

  18. I’m so sick of seeing the injury issue getting mentioned as one of the reasons to give Patricia a pass. Injuries in the NFL are an excuse for losing, not a reason. Pittsburgh has been rolling with their backup QB almost the ENTIRE SEASON and they’re in the playoff hunt.

  19. The Lions have gone from averaging 9 wins a season under Caldwell to having 9 wins over two seasons with Patricia. They’ve gotten a culture change alright. Caldwell’s worse season would be Patricia’s best.

  20. 1westcoastfootballfan says:
    December 17, 2019 at 4:36 pm
    It was diminishing returns and no playoff wins for Caldwell. Brian Billick got fired a year removed from going 13-3 and having won the Super Bowl. The franchise QB got hurt for the Lions, Patricia should get one more year. After that who knows.

    What has Patricia done to deserve one more year?? He took over a 9-7 team. The Lions jobs wasn’t a rebuild and yet they keep talking it up like it is. They were suppose to have potentially the best defensive line in football this season and it’s been one of the worst. That’s on Patricia. It’s only going to get worst, maybe 0-16 next season. Bob Quinn has already proven he doesn’t know how to draft good players. Lions fans should stop going to ford field to watch this garbage.

  21. darcrequiem says:
    December 17, 2019 at 3:25 pm
    Meanwhile Jim Caldwell got dropped because 9-7 wasn’t good enough.
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    How many playoff wins did Caldwell have? How many debacles did he just stand there with a blank look on his face doing nothing? Caldwell was ok but let’s not gloss over the fact he wasn’t getting the job done either.

  22. ….and fans in Chicago, Green Bay, and Minnesota all wept tears of joy while there was wailing and gnashing of teeth by the poor souls in Detroit.

  23. I have little faith it’ll get better but it’s the right move. Give them a third year together to see if they actually know what they’re doing. Blowing it up now means a complete reboot (including overhauling the roster to fit the new regime’s preferences). Plus, it’s hard to recruit talented coaches and GMs when you have a reputation for not giving them time to see their vision through.

  24. I guess this is a good thing, but this is it for them if they don’t make the playoffs next season. I honestly really feel bad for Lions fans.

  25. TrubiskyIsGarbageAndTheBearsShouldHaveDraftedMahommes says:
    December 17, 2019 at 5:01 pm

    darcrequiem says:
    December 17, 2019 at 3:25 pm
    Meanwhile Jim Caldwell got dropped because 9-7 wasn’t good enough.
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    How many playoff wins did Caldwell have? How many debacles did he just stand there with a blank look on his face doing nothing? Caldwell was ok but let’s not gloss over the fact he wasn’t getting the job done either.

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    HaHaHaHa!!

    PatriciaIsGarbageAndTheLionsShouldHaveKeptCaldwell

  26. All you Stafford lovers…

    Meanwhile, despite excellent receivers over the years and one of the strongest arms in NFL History, the guy still can’t get to the .500 mark in wins.

    Yes, he hasn’t had a running game to help him but he is still OVERRATED

  27. “How many playoff wins did Caldwell have? How many debacles did he just stand there with a blank look on his face doing nothing? Caldwell was ok but let’s not gloss over the fact he wasn’t getting the job done either.”

    How many playoffs do the Lions have total since 1957? One. (1)

    How many wins does Patricia have through 30 games? 9-20-1

    How many wins did Caldwell have through 64 games? 36-28

    Caldwell > Patricia by a MILE!

  28. The jury still might be out for Patricia but why is Quinn still employed? Despite having good draft positions over the last few years, he has done precious little to improve the Lions. It’s not like his free agent signings have set the world on fire either.

    Quinn is a fraud and he needs to go first.

  29. And anyone who says Caldwell was worlds better than Patricia…that’s nonsense. Patricia failing doesn’t change the fact that Caldwell was a loser. He lost every game we had against winning teams.

  30. The Ford family helped build the NFL. I give full credit for their sponsorship of the league and interest in revenue sharing that shaped today’s NFL.

    As a Packers fan, I really feel bad for their fan base. They deserve a return to 1991-type success when they made the NFC Championship game. Yes, I want the Packers to beat them, but I do hope their fan base gets a return on their loyalty in the near future.

  31. randomcommenter says:
    December 17, 2019 at 4:27 pm

    Why isn’t Patricia the brilliant defensive playcaller that he was in New England?
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    When? Where? The defense under Patricia in NE sucked most noticeably in the SB vs Philadelphia. I can’t believe anyone hired him to be a HC.

  32. This is a disappointment, but not a shock. The Ford family have been clueless owners. They need to sell the team. No one in the family seems to care that much about it. When Sheila Ford Hamp said the expectation next season is for them to be “playoff contenders,” what does that mean? If they go 7-9 and are vaguely eligible for the playoffs in early December, does that mean they “contended” for a playoff spot?

    She should have said she expects the team to play in the Super Bowl. That would have lit a fire under Patricia & Quinn’s chairs. It sounds like she’ll hold a parade if they get blown out in a first round playoff game.

    On the bright side, Matt Patricia will have another year to continue to bully reporters for not having perfect posture during press conferences.

    They should have hired Jerry Glanville as coach when he made it clear he wanted the job do very long ago.

  33. wawa33 says:
    Maybe she is confusing Matt Patricia with Wayne Fontes?
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    Nah! Wayne’s team smoked the Cowboys in the playoffs and played in the NFC Conference Championship game. I think she’s confusing him with Matt Millen.

  34. My team is 11-3 and is gonna win another Superbowl, because my team is way way way better than your team. My car is brand new, and it’s way, way, way better than your car

  35. Fords are the only constant in this failed equation. To all the Caldwell slappies, where is he head coach now? If Caldwell is a great coach why has he not been grabbed by ANY of the MANY organizations who have changed head coaches since his firing? Caldwell is a bum, exactly like the bum we currently have. SELL THE TEAM! SELL THE TEAM, get them out of Michigan. I would rather have NO TEAM then this annual turd of a franchise.

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