According to Jason La Canfora, Lions HC Matt Patricia is definitively on the hot seat and the team could make the decision to part ways if Detroit loses in Week 6 against the 1-4 Jaguars.
A Lions source tells La Canfora “this feels like do or die” given the Lions are 1-3 and have already dropped two divisional games. Internal talks between Patricia and ownership have been tense and La Canfora adds the team has had conversations about how it would proceed if it fired Patricia and GM Bob Quinn in-season.
Patricia was on the hot seat as well at the end of last season, but given the team was transitioning to owner Sheila Ford Hamp taking a more active role, it elected to give him a little more time.
However, so far in 2020 the Lions’ defense, which is supposed to be Patricia’s specialty as a coach, has been abysmal. La Canfora notes the Texans and Falcons’ willingness to fire their coaches/GM’s could also prompt the Lions to follow suit.
Patricia, 46, began his NFL coaching career as an offensive assistant for the Patriots back in 2004. He held a number of positions during his 14 years in New England including assistant offensive line coach, linebackers coach, and safeties coach before he was promoted to defensive coordinator in 2012.
The Lions hired Patricia as their head coach in February, 2018. So far during his tenure in Detroit, Patricia has a record of 10-25-1.
We’ll have more on Patricia as the news is available.