Matt Patricia’s seat is getting rather hot.
According to Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports, although it has not been specifically expressed by ownership, some within the Detroit Lions organization believe that Sunday’s Week 6 matchup against the lowly Jacksonville Jaguars is a must-win game, and that a loss could result in severe consequences – such as Patricia losing his job.
The Lions decided to stick with Patricia and GM Bob Quinn following a disappointing 3-12-1 2019 season, although some within the Ford family believed a change needed to happen. Patricia has the Lions off to a 1-3 start this year and is 10-25-1 since being hired as the Lions head coach before the 2018 season.
The Atlanta Falcons and Houston Texans both relieved their head coaches and general managers in recent weeks, and former Lions head coach Jim Caldwell’s name has gotten some buzz for those vacancies – who could be a potential option to return to Detroit.
However, La Canfora noted that some close to the situation believe that ownership may not want to dismiss the general manager and head coach at the same time as the Falcons and Texans.
Still, Patricia appears to be running out of time to turn things around in Detroit. The Lions entered Sunday 29th in the league with 31.8 points per game allowed and an offense that ranks 25th in yards per game (334).
The Lions have also struggled to close out games, blowing the most leads of 10 points or more since the start of the 2018 season, which includes this season’s Week 1 loss to division rival Bears in which Chicago scored 21 points in the fourth quarter to win the game.