The Lions are predictably cleaning house.
The team announced Saturday afternoon head coach Matt Patricia and general manager Bob Quinn were fired.
The 4-7 Lions are all alone in the NFC North basement after their ugly 41-25 loss to the Texans on Thanksgiving day.
Offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell will serve as the interim head coach, NFL Network reported.
Considering ownership, the Ford family, had asked Patricia to play meaningful December games and compete for the playoff, his dismissal was expected as the season quickly veered south with four blowout losses in the past five games.
Patricia failed to do much right in his two-plus seasons with the Lions, going 13-29. The franchise was in solid shape upon his arrival, having winning seasons in three of the previous four years, but went the wrong way under his watch.
Patricia is just the latest Bill Belichick disciple to fail on his own, joining the likes of Eric Mangini, Josh McDaniels, Charlie Weiss and Romeo Crennel. Quinn, who also came from New England, had served as the Lions’ general manager since 2016, but it was his decision to hire Patricia that likely cost him his job.
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