Jim Caldwell led the Detroit Lions to two consecutive 9-7 seasons, but that wasn’t enough for him to keep his job. His successor, Matt Patricia, who was supposed to lift the team to contending level, ended up making a step back with the Lions, currently sitting at 5-10 record. While some suggested that this will mean a swift exit from Detroit for former New England Patriots’ defensive coordinator, Patricia is “pretty confident” he will keep his job after the end of 2018.
“I’m pretty confident,” – said Patricia when asked whether he will be with Lions in 2019. “Everything for me, right now, is just keep moving forward and getting ready for the game this weekend. Like I said, I meet with Mrs. Ford every week, so they’ve been great. Her and her family have been great.“
It would make sense for the Detroit Lions to give Matt Patricia another year, considering the fact that the organization gave both him and general manager Bob Quinn five-year contracts in the offseason with an idea to provide the franchise with some stability. This doesn’t mean, however, that there won’t be some changes in the coaching staff.
Sources close to the team say that the Lions will most likely look to change their offensive coordinator. Detroit’s offense performed poorly under current OC Jim Bob Cooter in 2018, and currently, rank 24th in yards and 26th in points while quarterback Matthew Stafford is on pace to have his worst season in five years. Cooter was part of Caldwell’s coaching staff, but Patricia decided to keep him around when he took charge.