Until 2018, the last time Lions head coach Matt Patricia suffered through a losing season as a football coach, he was a grad assistant at Syracuse in 2002. For general manager Bob Quinn, you had to go back to 2000, his first year in New England as a lowly personnel assistant under new Patriots head coach Bill Belichick. So the 6–10 finish in their first year together in Detroit — Quinn hired his longtime colleague after firing Jim Caldwell following back-to-back 9–7 seasons — was a system shock.
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