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Thursday open thread: If not Matt Patrica, who should coach the Lions in 2020?

There aren’t many good options, and there could be a lot of competition

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With the Lions officially knocked out of the playoff race it’s time to squarely focus on 2020.

There is a lot of uncertainty swirling around Allen Park these days. Patricia’s name is now firmly entrenched in coaching hot seat reports. And with Panthers head coach Ron Rivera getting fired earlier this week, I think it’s safe to say nobody in Allen Park should be too comfortable right now.

That brings us to today’s question of the day:

If not Matt Patricia, who should coach Lions in 2020?

My answer: No one.

It might surprise you, but I’m not ready to jump ship on Patricia. The results certainly have not been good. And the defense has been dreadful. But I think the Lions should stick with him.

The main reason is I can’t see anyone out there that I’d rather have take the job. Here’s a quick rundown of the current “hot” coaching candidates:

  • Greg Roman, Ravens OC
  • Matt Rhule, Baylor HC
  • Mike McCarthy, former Packers
  • Eric Bieniemy, Chiefs OC
  • Lincoln Riley, Oklahoma HC
  • Josh McDaniels, Patriots OC

The other factor is that there could be as many as eight head coach openings this offseason. That is a lot of competition to fight with to make sure you get the guy you want.

But what do you think? Do any of these names jump out to you? Do you want someone else?

Let us know!

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