When Matt hired Patricia, the goal was to take the roster, which had gone 9-7 in the previous two seasons, to the next level.
Instead, the devastating tenure of the current coaching regime for 9-7 seasons and with Jim Caldwell in power forced supporters to playoff performances.
In Caldwell’s first season in Detroit, the team went 11-5 and earned a playoff berth as a wild card team in 2014.
The Cowboys beat the Lions 24-20 in a controversial game against Detroit.
In his NFL head coaching career, Caldwell holds a 62-50 record.
With Detroit, he coached for four seasons and scored 36-28, including two playoff appearances.
In just two seasons, Patricia’s 10-25-1 record was far from over when Caldwell took over.
Former Lions quarterback and current ESPN NFL analyst Dan Orlovsky also came to the defense of his former head coach, saying, “When I came to Detroit, there was a lot of work to be done,” Patricia said Sunday.
“It’s completely untrue to come in and say you have a lot of work to do. This is the worst group! This team Built for growth, not regression, “ Orlovsky said Monday on ESPN radio.
With every deadly performance with Patricia, it becomes even more difficult to justify the argument that firing Caldwell was the right move.
The 9-7 record may not be enough for Detroit general manager Bob Quinn. But, the current regime is much better than what it brings to the table.
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