There is mounting frustration within the Lions’ front office about the team’s slow start and propensity to continue to blow big leads, with many in the organization believing a loss to the Jaguars on Sunday will result in a coaching change.
Ownership came close to launching a search for a new coach and general manager at the end of the 2019 season, and sources said the tenor of conversations between coach Matt Patricia and ownership have been tense again this season, with internal talks about how the organization might proceed on an interim basis if Patricia is let go. This tends to be a copycat league when it comes to ownership, and the Falcons and Texans have already got a jump on securing new coaches for 2021 and it would not come as a surprise to many within the Lions organization if the trend continues in Detroit without a quick turnaround.
The Lions are coming off a bye and scheduled to face the struggling Jaguars Sunday; Jacksonville has lost four games in a row and, by any metric, has been among the worst teams in the league the last four weeks, with coach Doug Marrone fighting for his future there as well. Detroit is just 10-25-1 under Patricia — former coach Jim Caldwell won nine games in his final season there — and the defense, Patricia’s calling card, has been unable to close out games, with the Lions blowing the most leads of 10 points or more in the NFL since the start of the 2018 season. Read from source….