Rock bottom is a term Detroit Lions fans are more than familiar with. An 0-16 season is just barely a decade in the rear-view window, so fans are hesitant to use the term when it doesn’t really apply—say, right in the middle of a .500-ish season.
But for head coach Matt Patricia and general manager Bob Quinn, we’re nearing uncharted territories. A year-and-a-half into the duo’s reign over the Detroit Lions franchise, the team has shown zero improvement from the Jim Caldwell era, and fans are growing impatient. At 3-4-1, the 2019 season is all but over in an overly competitive NFC, and Patricia’s reputation as defensive guru is rightfully being questioned as the Lions defense is stifling any efforts from Matthew Stafford to carry the team (again).
After the latest defensive failure in Oakland, Lions fan confidence has hit a new low for the 2019 season. In our weekly FanPulse survey, just 11 percent of voters are confident in the direction of the team.
And while this may seem like rock bottom for the Matt Patricia era, it may not be. Last year, FanPulse confidence dropped as low as eight percent. That happened in Week 11, right after the Lions...
... oh no...
... lost on the road to the Chicago Bears.
This week... in Week 10... the Lions face the Chicago Bears... on the road.
The Bears are going through their own confidence crisis, as their Super Bowl aspirations have crashed into a 3-5 reality through eight games. Their season is just as dead as the Lions and Bears fans aren’t taking it very well:
May the less sad team win on Sunday!