Quinn and Patricia were supposed to take the Lions to the next level. In the last two seasons, the team has done nothing but regress. So you can understand the angst, on the part of both ownership and the fans.
Spielman cited injuries, particularly those to Matthew Stafford and Kerryon Johnson, as a reason for Detroit's 3-7-1 record this season. As for the Lions' terrible defense, he professed faith in Patricia's ability to fix it.