2020 Deadline For Quinntricia? 'They’ve Got Until Mid-October'

The heat will be on from the very start.

Jamie and Stoney
January 08, 2020 - 2:29 pm
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Matt Patricia and Bob Quinn survived 2019 by the skin of their teeth. In 2020, it's win or be gone. That was the message handed down by Lions ownership, a message Quinn echoed at his end-of-season press conference. 

"We’re in the position where going into Year 3," said Quinn, "we’ve got to step up to the plate." 

And they better come out swinging. A slow start could doom them before the second half of the season. That's the reality facing Quinn and Patricia, in the eyes of NFL Analyst Dan Orlovsky. 

"I get the decision (to retain them) because of the desire to not blow up again and restart. But the state of the union is you got until mid-October, really," Orlovsky told the Jamie and Stoney Show on 97.1 The Ticket. "I would imagine they’ve got till mid-October to show we’re making legit progress in this third season and players are healthy and we’re winning football games and what we thought was going to be the case, if you’re the Ford Family, is actually happening.

"If things aren’t drastically better by Week 8 of next season I don’t see them surviving through that. I think that’s the reality." 

The Lions were 3-3-1 through Week 8 of this season. That might not cut it in 2020, especially if the playoff race is starting to leave them behind. Depending on the timing of Detroit's bye, four or five wins would seem like the requirement by Week 8. 

"We all know what the reality of the situation was beforehand, with the head coach in Jim Caldwell, what the verbiage used was when they moved on from him. And that hasn’t been the case," Orlovsky said. "Using Bob Quinn’s or the Ford family’s words against them, the only expectation is to become better than what they were, and that’s what the reality should be in mid-October." 

The stakes for Quinn and Patricia add to the importance of the draft. They need to find a difference-maker in the first round, whether they keep the third overall pick or trade it. The rumors that the Lions could take Tua Tagovailoa at No. 3 don't make sense to Orlovsky. Tagovailoa's hip injury still needs significant time to heal, and Quinn and Patricia don't have time to waste.  

"No team should draft Tua and have any plans of him playing in the 2020 football season," Orlovsky. "This is a full-go redshirt season for Tua Tagovailoa. He was on a crutch three days ago. If you think the guy on a crutch with a legit hip injury is going to be full-go in August to carry an organization or carry a football team, absolutely not.

"And if you’re a head coach and a GM banking on that, you’ve written the end of your career at that organization because it’s just not going to happen."