Detroit Lions: 5 midseason coaching replacements for Matt Patricia

Matt Patricia, Detroit Lions (Photo by Rey Del Rio/Getty Images)
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Urban Meyer, Ohio State Buckeyes
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Urban Meyer

Michigan faithful may thumb their noses at this notion. But there likely isn’t a bigger name the Lions could land in the middle of an NFL season than Urban Meyer. Remember, many of the top head-coaching candidates will be otherwise employed during the season as either NFL coordinators or already committed as head coaches in college football.

Whoever is hired in Detroit, the rebuild will be full go in 2021. Adding someone as high-profile as Meyer midseason could set the Lions up very nicely for the flurry of changes coming this offseason.

Plus, Meyer’s presence would likely stir up some much-needed excitement within a deeply depressed fanbase following the massive failure of the New England Patriots’ Midwest experiment over the past three years

Meyer’s achievements in college are legendary. Best known for his time as the head coach for Ohio State and Florida, Meyer has won three National Championships and has never posted a losing record over his entire college career. In fact, in his seven-year tenure at Ohio State, the team had an incredible win-loss record of 83-9 during his watch.

Despite only being 56-years old, some believe Meyer is done with coaching due to health concerns, which was the reason given for his retirement in 2018. But Meyer himself said he’d consider coming to the NFL if it were for a team like the Dallas Cowboys. If Hemp offered him the keys to Detroit and total control of the team, perhaps that something he’d consider as well.