Bob Quinn And Matt Patricia Will Both Be Back With Lions In 2020

Ownership expects vast improvement next season.

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December 17, 2019 - 3:00 pm
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The Detroit Lions have announced that Matt Patricia and Bob Quinn will both be back with the team in 2020.

Patricia has a record of 9-20-1 in his almost two seasons with the Lions. The team is 27-34-1 during Quinn's tenure, which dates back to 2016. 

The two of them spent about 15 minutes on the field prior to Sunday's loss to Tampa Bay talking with owner Martha Ford and her daughter, Sheila Ford Hamp, among others. Ford told reporters on Tuesday that the expectation in 2020 is for vast improvement -- otherwise changes will likely be made. 

“We expect to be a playoff contender," she said, via the team's website. “That means playing meaningful games in December.”

Fans have been clamoring for Patricia's removal, but there had been no word from the team on his future ... until now.

For his part, Monday afternoon while speaking with reporters, Patricia joked about his uncertain future, saying, "I would go in and make sure that my key card worked, and I was in the building and I was 'OK.' It's mostly the reason why I don't leave the building because they're going to have to throw me out."

While some saw that as a sign that the end was near, Patricia went on to say that the Lions are building the foundation they need for sustained success. 

"We obviously need to add some pieces, and we need to get better, and we need to improve, and hopefully stay a little bit more healthy than where we’re at right now," he said. "I think those things will build on top of each other from there.

"But certainly from a standpoint of trying to put a good, solid foundation down, I would say that we’ve shown (we're) a tough team, a competitive team, a team that won’t quit, a team that’s going to go out and compete and really care about each other. I think that’s the start.”

Both Patricia and Quinn are under contract through 2022. Do you think the Lions are making the right move bringing them back?