It’s hard to imagine that only three seasons ago the Detroit Lions appeared to be on the fringe of winning their first playoff game since 1992. The hiring of Matt Patricia as head coach was supposed to push the Lions over that hump and to that elusive postseason win. It hasn’t.
In fact, Patricia’s presence has resulted in the exact opposite, sinking the long-suffering franchise to an embarrassing 9-22-1 record since taking the reins in the Motor City. Owner Martha Firestone Ford granted Patricia and general manager Bob Quinn another season to see if their plan to change the culture in Detroit can actually equate to winning football games.