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Lions Reportedly Retaining Matt Patricia and GM Bob Quinn for 2020

Matt Patricia
Matt Patricia will be back next year | Gregory Shamus/Getty Images

It just might be possible that Detroit Lions head coach Matt Patricia was not the primary architect of the New England Patriots' success over the last few years.

Patricia is currently limping to the finish in his second season in charge of the Lions. Despite his 3-10-1 record, the Lions owner Martha Ford announced that the organization will bring Patricia and GM Bob Quinn back for the 2020 season.

While Patricia was dealt a bad hand this year, as the Lions were hosed on several questionable calls while losing resurgent quarterback Matthew Stafford to injury, Patricia hasn't led Detroit to a ton of success in two years.

Patricia has a record of 9-20-1 with the Lions, and he has regressed from a six-win season in 2018. Those numbers are noticeably worse than former head coach Jim Caldwell's resume, as Caldwell was fired despite a 9-7 record.

Mike Vrabel is doing a solid job in Tennessee, and Brian Flores looks promising in Miami, but almost all other Bill Belichick assistants have floundered when they took the reigns of an NFL team. Barring a massive change in philosophy, Patricia appears to be heading down that path.