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NFC North: Lions sticking with Matt Patricia in 2020

NFC North: Lions sticking with Matt Patricia in 2020

Lions coach Matt Patricia hasn't gotten off to a great start in his first two seasons on the job in Detroit. He'll enter Week 16 with an overall record of 9-20-1, which by most standards usually means a coaching change is coming.

Not in Detroit.

Lions owner Martha Ford confirmed Tuesday that Patricia and general manager Bob Quinn will be back with the team in 2020.

The Bears swept the Lions in their season series this year. They won Week 10's matchup, 20-13, and upended Detroit in front of a national audience on Thanksgiving Day, 24-20.

"I think we just look at, ‘OK, what are we building? What have we started and where is our foundation right now?’ Having a foundation of a team that is tough, a foundation of a team that is competitive, from a standpoint that they’re going to come to work every day and try to get better and then show up on Sunday and really try to do everything they can to compete, I think that’s where you need to start. And I would say that’s where we’re at right now," Patricia said Monday.

Patricia will be on the hot seat in 2020 despite the confidence he has in his roster. If the Lions get off to another rough start next year, Patricia is a strong candidate to be one of the first coaches terminated.

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NFL fines Lions, Matt Patricia for violating Injury Report Policy before Week 10 game against Bears

NFL fines Lions, Matt Patricia for violating Injury Report Policy before Week 10 game against Bears

The Lions fought admirably in their Thanksgiving day loss to their Bears — even without starting QB Matthew Stafford, who missed the game with a back injury.

With third-stringer David Blough under center, Detroit hung around all game, but were outdone by a late Mitch Trubisky game-winning drive, falling 24-20.

In the moment, Stafford's absence was a surprising development. Now, according to a report by NFL Network's Tom Pelissero, the Lions organization, head coach Matt Patricia and GM Bob Quinn are all facing fines for not properly updating Stafford's status in advance of the game:

It's insult to injury for a team currently in the basement of the NFC North at 3-8-1. Two victories over the Lions over a span of four weeks helped spark Trubisky and the Bears to the late-season surge they're currently enjoying.

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Bears-Cowboys injury report: Prince Amukamara DNP in Monday’s practice

Bears-Cowboys injury report: Prince Amukamara DNP in Monday’s practice

The Bears injury report for the beginning of Week 14 ahead of Thursday’s game against the Cowboys shows that DB Prince Amukamara didn’t participate in Monday’s practice (hamstring).

Amukamara had five combined tackles during Week 13’s win against the Lions, but was seen with trainers following a play during the game.

Braunecker (concussion), Taylor Gabriel (concussion), and Bobby Massie (ankle) had all been unable to practice since Week 13, after sustaining injuries during the Bears’ Week 12 face-off against the Giants. Danny Trevathan (elbow) has been out of practice since Week 10 after injuring his elbow during the Bears’ first game against the Lions earlier this season.  

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