The Detroit Lions announced on Saturday afternoon that head coach Matt Patricia and general manager Bob Quinn have been fired. While the team has yet to announce interims at the positions, NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport is reporting that offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell will act as interim head coach for the final five games of the season.
Bevell was hired by Patricia at the start of the 2019 season to replace Jim Bob Cooter after the offense had failed to meet expectations. Bevell got off to a hot start in Detroit, as Matthew Stafford was on his way to an MVP type of season before his back injury knocked him out of the lineup. However, the Lions offense has taken a huge step back in 2020, averaging just 22.9 points per game, which ranks 22nd in the NFL. Just under a week ago, the Lions offense suffered its first shutout in over a decade.
Team owner Sheila Ford Hamp and president Rod Wood are expected to talk to the media later on Saturday afternoon.