Detroit Lions: It’s time to move on from Matt Patricia
Enough is enough, the Detroit Lions need to move on from Matt Patricia
The Carolina Panthers (4-7) handed the Detroit Lions (4-6) a shutout loss on Sunday by a final score of 20-0. The last time the Lions were shut out was October 18, 2009, in a 26-0 loss to the Green Bay Packers.
Fans have been calling for ownership to part ways with head coach Matt Patricia and company for weeks. It is more evident than ever that the Lions need to split with him and the rest of the regime after Sunday’s shutout. It was embarrassing and humiliating for the Lions and the team looked defeated, unmotivated, and lifeless. Essentially, it felt like the final straw for the 2020 season.
Lions were only 1.5 games back from a playoff spot going into the Panthers game with a lot of optimism and hope going into a game where they were facing a backup QB who has never started an NFL game in a very favorable matchup on the road. Unfortunately, the complete opposite happened.
The team looked dead in all three phases of the game. The offense, defense, and special teams could not execute anything. The one big touchdown play was called back due to an illegal formation and after that, the offense was predictable and could not get anything going. It was the worst offensive game seen under offensive coordinator, Darrell Bevell.
The Panthers quarterback, P.J. Walker made his NFL debut and the Lions made him look like he was a seasoned veteran tearing up that defense. It was another typical abysmal outing for Matt Patricia’s defense, to say the least. Despite the two easy interceptions in the endzone, they still gave up 20 points and had many miscues and multiple missed tackles.
It is very frustrating seeing the same mistakes being made every week. Then in the post-game press conference is the same every week as well. Patricia gets up to the podium and says we must be better; we must do better; we must coach better, and we must execute better. It is getting old and frustrating to hear each week when nothing changes.
This team has flashes of good plays, their personal looks great on paper, but overall, it is just not there as a whole. The person that should take the blame for when a team is doing good or bad is the head coach. It is now officially long overdue, and Matt Patricia needs to be relieved of his duties in Detroit immediately.