ALLEN PARK, Michigan, USA (AP) – The Detroit Lions sacked general manager Bob Quinn and coach Matt Patricia, failing to emulate the success they had both achieved with Bill Belichick in New York. England.
The decision announced Saturday hardly surprises anyone.
Detroit (4-7) lost consecutive games for the third time this season. He collapsed Thursday, in the Thanksgiving Day game, with a 41-25 home loss to the Houston Texans.
And in their previous engagement, the Lions were knocked out for the first time in 11 years, on the road in Carolina.
The setbacks drove Patricia to 13-29-1 in two full seasons. Quinn’s record is 12 games under .500 over five seasons.
Quinn, who was part of the Patriots personnel department for 16 years, got his first shot at an NFL managerial position in January 2016. He originally decided to follow up with coach Jim Caldwell, and Detroit made the playoffs.
But the following season, another 9-7 record was not enough for the Lions to advance to the playoffs, and Caldwell was fired.
When that happened, Caldwell was 36-28 in four seasons and 0-2 in the playoffs. Quinn then said the team was looking for a coach capable of taking it to the next level.
Patricia took it several levels lower. Both are now unemployed.