Lions’ Matt Patricia could be facing ‘do or die’ game vs. Jaguars
There is a growing belief that head coach Matt Patricia will be on the chopping block should the Lions lose to the Jaguars Sunday and fall to 1-4, according to CBS Sports, with the game having a must-win feel.
“This feels like do or die,” a Lions source told CBS Sports.
At the end of the 2019 season, Lions management reportedly came close to cutting ties with Patricia and general manager Bob Quinn after the organization missed the playoffs for the third straight year. CBS Sports reports that conversations between Patricia and ownership have increasingly become tense again this season, with internal discussions beginning to mull over how to proceed on an interim basis if they decide to let Patricia go.
Per the report, the franchise’s transition in ownership from Martha Firestone Ford to Sheila Ford Hamp this past offseason essentially gave Patricia another shot. Hamp, who formally assumed duties in June, preferred to assess Patricia and Quinn during 2020.
However, Patricia and his staff apparently knew that they were under a microscope this season.
Coming off a bye week, the Lions are scheduled to face the lowly Jaguars – who have lost four games in a row after a Week 1 victory over the Colts. Jacksonville head coach Doug Marrone is likely also fighting for his job.
Patricia has accumulated a 10-25-1 record in Detroit, but his defense has struggled to close out games. The Lions have blown the most leads of 10 points or more in the NFL since the start of the 2018 season.
The 1-3 Lions are three games behind the Bears and Packers in the NFC North, having lost to both teams in ugly fashion. The Packers annihilated Detroit with a 42-21 win in Week 2 while quarterback Mitch Trubisky led the Bears to a 21-point fourth-quarter comeback the week before.
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