Lions fire ST coordinator John Bonamego, five other assistants

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The Lions announced a couple of weeks ago that head coach Matt Patricia would return for the 2020 season, but six of his assistants will not be back with the team.

Patricia announced on Tuesday that the team has fired special teams coordinator John Bonamego, strength coach Harold Nash, linebackers coach Al Golden, tight ends coach Chris White, defensive backs coach Brian Stewart and assistant strength coach Rodney Hill.

Bonamego was hired last January after being dismissed as the head coach of Central Michigan. It was his second stint running the special teams units in Detroit.

Golden and Stewart were let go after a rough defensive showing by the Lions this season. There’s been some speculation that defensive coordinator Paul Pasqualoni could also be let go as a result of those efforts, but he remains employed by the team.

35 responses to “Lions fire ST coordinator John Bonamego, five other assistants

  1. It’s playoffs or bust for Matty boy next season. Could be fired if they get off to a slow start as well. Another organization doomed for failure due to inept ownership.

  2. They could easily fire Pasqualoni and just not tell him like they did the final year of Caldwell’s contract.

  3. Laugh out loud. Mrs. Ford, did you really think you’d be the first to hire an ex-Patriots’ coach and win? When the Patriots hired Bill Belichick, he had just been fired from Cleveland for losing too much. I guess nobody pays any attention to what’s been happening in New England for the last two decades, but one thing has been proven over and over again. It ain’t the assistant coaches. I’m embarrassed for the Lions.

  4. Can anyone explain the logic behind firing this many assistant coaches? I can understand having some differences with one or two but six. The HC hired them & 6 coaches did not follow his directions?

  5. When will these teams learn, that’s 100% Bill’s defense in NE, the DC’s are just puppets!
    Miami will be the next one to find that out, the only question is how long will it take them to figure it out?

  6. qckappa says:
    December 31, 2019 at 4:58 pm

    Can anyone explain the logic behind firing this many assistant coaches?
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    CYOA plain and simple!

  7. I doesn’t matter, any fan with a brain has checked out. We saw all we needed to see after that first preseason game against Tampa Bay in 2018. Just waiting on ownership to see it too, someday…

  8. Patricia should get another year. He is attempting a complete culture change from passing team to a power run team. The Keryon Johnson injury really hurt. Then when Stafford went down it was over. Hockensen looks good but TEs rarely contribute much as rookies.

    The defense has been bad, but again he is attempting to completely rebuild In a new scheme. That will take a few years. He has to get at least 1 more year to continue building what he started.

    Besides, as a former Pats coach, he’s used to knowing what the opponent will do each play due to “analytics”. I guess Detroit isn’t as good at spying, I mean analytics as the Pats, who BTW have looked bad after getting busted filming again a few weeks ago.

  9. No. 1 question that needs to be asked and answered in any interview for an HC is who will be on your staff. You can tell a lot about the quality of a hire by the number of assistants (not just underlings) a coach is able to lure from other teams – particularly on lateral moves.

  10. randomcommenter says:
    December 31, 2019 at 5:43 pm
    Patricia should get another year. He is attempting a complete culture change from passing team to a power run team. The Keryon Johnson injury really hurt. Then when Stafford went down it was over. Hockensen looks good but TEs rarely contribute much as rookies.

    The defense has been bad, but again he is attempting to completely rebuild In a new scheme. That will take a few years. He has to get at least 1 more year to continue building what he started.

    Besides, as a former Pats coach, he’s used to knowing what the opponent will do each play due to “analytics”. I guess Detroit isn’t as good at spying, I mean analytics as the Pats, who BTW have looked bad after getting busted filming again a few weeks ago.

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    How does one proactively id oneself and then get busted? sweet iq

  11. The Lions were amazingly competitive for a team with devastating injuries. Lets not get carried away with hate……….

  12. How do you fire six coaches and one of them is not the defense coordinator with the leagues worst defense?

  13. Usually not a good outcome when management forces the Head Coach to make staff changes. Patricia and Quinn’s days are numbered

  14. Jim Harbaugh is a loser. Can’t win the big game. He’s currently squandering tons of talent at Michigan. He had Andrew Luck at Stanford and his genius idea was to give the ball to Toby freaking Gerhart 30 times per game. He hasn’t even won his division in the Big 10 never mind the Championship. He is winless vs Ohio State. He got beat by Wisconsin and Penn State who both have less talent this year.

    Hire Harbaugh and win the press conference but not much else.

  15. According to Football Outsiders, the Lions special teams had the 8th best efficiency rating. It seems like Patricia, the rocket scientist, doesn’t understand football analytics.

  16. It not the assistant Coaches fault they don’t catch the ball tackle or block It the players who does that and If they can’t play then Matty boy should get rid of then and get players who can play 60 minutes of football.

  17. newwavedave9hotmailcom says:
    December 31, 2019 at 7:27 pm
    It not the assistant Coaches fault they don’t catch the ball tackle or block It the players who does that and If they can’t play then Matty boy should get rid of then and get players who can play 60 minutes of football.

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    A late entry comment of the year gamechanger!

  18. Firing Pasqauloni would be nothing but window dressing. He runs Patricia’s defensive scheme, Patricia’s gameplan, with Patricia’s players. Patricia even does some of the play calling (although he won’t admit how much or how little).

    Firing him would accomplish nothing but opening a spot on the coaching staff to come in and do the EXACT same thing Pasqualoni did. It’s Patricia’s show.

  19. Hard to imagine Patricia was wholly inspired to fire as many as six assistants without at least a little pressure from above to do so. Talk about a guy starting the 2020 season on a hot seat, no chance of seeing 2021 without a winning record next year.

  20. I can see Patricia/Quinn trading Stafford to buy themselves more time.

    The bottom line is lack of talent on both sides of the ball. With the #3 pick they can draft a new, low cap, QB. If they’re lucky they’ll draft a star. But, that doesn’t address the fact that the team stinks – there’s a lot of holes to fill. Patricia & Quinn own the personnel side of the equation. They’ve had time & budget to bring in better players. Detroit fans deserve a change that they won’t be getting this year.

  21. Patricia will learn, very quickly, the difference between loyalty and loyalty to a fault.

    Pasqualoni lead the worst Lion’s Defensive Unit in modern history. Just because he gave MP his first coaching job, MP is showing loyalty to a fault and it just might come back to bite him.

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