New England Patriots

CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA - NOVEMBER 22: Head coach Matt Patricia of the Detroit Lions reacts after their 20-0 loss to the Carolina Panthers at Bank of America Stadium on November 22, 2020 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)

By Alex Barth,

In a move that has been expected for some time, the Detroit Lions fired head coach Matt Patricia and GM Bob Quinn Saturday afternoon. The Lions are 4-7 on the season, and got embarrassed by the Houston Texans 41-25 on Thanksgiving.

This was Patricia’s third year in Detroit. He leaves with a career record of 13-29-1. He was hired by Quinn, who became the GM in 2016. Offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell will take over as the interim head coach.

Both men are heavily tied to the Patriots, having spent their entire NFL careers in New England before departing for Detroit. Patricia was hired by Bill Belichick as an assistant coach in 2004, and spent five years and the defensive coordinator before being hired by the Lions in 2018. Quinn worked in the Patriots’ scouting department in various roles from 2000-2015.

In the past, Belichick has brought his former coach in late in the season as special assistants. One such case was current offensive coordinator, who was hired as a consultant for the 2011 playoffs. Currently, the Patriots both need a strong finish to this season, and have a very crucial draft coming up in the spring. Could either Patricia or Quinn end up back in New England in the near future? Don’t rule it out.

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