By Sean Chase
After an abysmal showing against the Houston Texans on Thanksgiving Day, losing 41-25, the Detroit Lions have decided to part ways with General Manager Bob Quinn and Head Coach Matt Patricia.
Through nine games, it looked like the team was responding to Patricia, as they were 4-5 with an outside shot of reaching the playoffs. But after being shutout 20-0 by the Carolina Panthers and looking lifeless in Detroit against the Texans, Sheila Ford Hamp decided enough was enough.
“As you’ve heard, earlier this afternoon, Rod Wood and I met with Bob Quinn and Matt Patricia and informed them that we are moving in a different direction,” Hamp said via Zoom on Saturday. “You know, 10 days ago, we looked like we had a good chance to be playoff-bound and both of those games were extremely disappointing. It just seemed like the path going forward wasn’t what we wanted it to be, so, yes, we thought this was a good time to make the change.”
The Lions managed a record of 13-29-1, since Patricia’s time in Detroit began in 2018, after leaving his position as Defensive Coordinator with the New England Patriots. Quinn, also formerly with the Patriots, took over as the general manager of the team in 2016. During his reign, the team finished 31-43-1.
Current Offensive Coordinator, Darrell Bevell, will step in as the interim Head Coach of the team for the rest of the season. After the decision was made, Bevell addressed players and staff via Zoom to discuss the plans going into the last five games of the season.
As far as the general manager duties are concerned, things will be handled by way of committee. Four front office executives have been chosen, Kyle O’Brien, Mike Disner, Rob Lohman, and Lance Newmark, and they will report directly to President Rob Wood.
Hamp and Wood will begin searching for candidates that not only fill these new vacancies, but can bring a winning mentality to Detroit.
“We can’t hide our past, that’s for sure,” said Hamp, to reporters on Saturday. “But I think I’m very dedicated to turning this ship around and really making a difference, and hopefully we won’t have to look back very much. We’ll just look forward.”
While there weren’t any particular names thrown around in the Zoom conference, Hamp did say that she would consult with National Football League officials and outside consulting firms to make the best possible decision.
Recently a large number of coaching hires have been called into question for subverting the Rooney rule, a rule that ensures minority candidates are given equal employment opportunities. The Lions, however, are fully aware of this rule and are prepared to exhaust every lead possible to find the best leadership possible for the organization.
“We will follow the Rooney Rule not only in its spirit, but beyond that as we search for our candidates,” Wood told reporters.
No decisions have been made on the team’s future, as they prepare to face the Chicago Bears on Dec. 6, at 1 p.m. in Chicago.