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Matt Patricia Not Thinking About Next Year

Matt Patricia appears to look and seems to sound as if he expects to lead the Detroit Lions again next season.

Patricia has lost six straight games and nine of 10, giving him a 9-19-1 mark overall as a first-time head coach with a franchise that hired him away from New England to be more than just mediocre — as it was under former coach Jim Caldwell.

Detroit Lions v Oakland Raiders
OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA - NOVEMBER 03: Head coach Matt Patricia of the Detroit Lions walks the sidelines during their game against the Oakland Raiders at RingCentral Coliseum on November 03, 2019 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

And yet, Patricia does not give off any hints publicly or privately that suggest he is coaching for his job over the final three games of the season.

"We'll worry about next year, next year," Patricia said Monday, a day after a 20-7 setback at Minnesota. "But right now I want to get through today and want to get the game corrected."

Has Patricia been told he'll be back for a third season in 2020?

"I don't get into any sort of discussions that I have with ownership or any of that," he said. "I'm just worried about this game this week"

Detroit Lions v Green Bay Packers
GREEN BAY, WISCONSIN - OCTOBER 14: Head coach Matt Patricia of the Detroit Lions watches action during a game against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field on October 14, 2019 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)

Detroit (3-9-1) hosts Tampa Bay (6-7) on Sunday.

While most coaches say their record reflects how successful their team is, or not, Patricia has a different take on what he sees in the standings.

"The hard thing for us and what I appreciate about this team is we don't look at our record and say this is what we are," he said. "I think we look at our record and say that's not what we are and we've got to do better, and we try to figure out how to get the record to match up. And that's kind of where we're struggling right now. I think that's the best part."

Dallas Cowboys v Detroit Lions
DETROIT, MI - NOVEMBER 17: Head coach Matt Patricia of the Detroit Lions looks at the video board late in the fourth quarter of the game against the Dallas Cowboys at Ford Field on November 17, 2019 in Detroit, Michigan. Dallas defeated Detroit 35-27. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)

Lions cornerback Darius Slay said he has not picked up on any signs from Patricia that his job is in jeopardy.

"He's doing a great job of keeping us motivated and encouraging us every day," Slay said. "He's keeping his head focused. He's doing a good of ignoring the media. I don't talk to him personally, but to us, it just seems like he's always in a great spirit that he's always been in so that's a good thing."


Receiver Kenny Golladay caught a touchdown pass late in the loss to the Vikings, becoming the NFL's first player to score 10 times receiving this season. The third-year pro has reached the 1,000-yard mark for a second straight season and is 56 yards from surpassing his career-high 1,063 yards receiving set in 2018.

Detroit Lions v Minnesota Vikings
MINNEAPOLIS, MN - DECEMBER 08: Kenny Golladay #19 of the Detroit Lions pulls in a catch while Mike Hughes #21 of the Minnesota Vikings makes the tackle in the second quarter at U.S. Bank Stadium on December 8, 2019 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Minnesota Vikings defeated the Detroit Lions 20-7.(Photo by Adam Bettcher/Getty Images)


The offense has struggled over the last five games without injured quarterback Matthew Stafford, who is out with back and hip ailments. Stafford threw at least three touchdowns in five games this year and had 316 yards passing or more in four games. Without him, the Lions haven't cracked the 260-yard mark passing or thrown for more than two scores.


Defensive end Trey Flowers had a sack against the Vikings, giving the former Patriots standout six sacks in his last six games after having only one in the first six games of the season.

New York Giants v Detroit Lions
DETROIT, MI - OCTOBER 27: Trey Flowers #90 of the Detroit Lions sacks Daniel Jones #8 of the New York Giants during the fourth quarter of the game at Ford Field on October 27, 2019 in Detroit, Michigan. Detroit defeated New York 31-26. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)


David Blough followed up a solid NFL debut with a shaky one. He was 24 of 40 for 205 yards with a TD and two interceptions against the Vikings, who sacked him five times. Through three quarters, Blough was 10 of 19 for 74 yards.


Patricia didn't have an update on running back Bo Scarbrough, who had a rib injury after running for 65 yards against the Vikings, or wide receiver Marvin Jones, who had an undisclosed injury. Linebacker Jarrad Davis (ankle) and right tackle Rick Wagner (knee) were also hurt at Minnesota.

Detroit Lions v Minnesota Vikings
MINNEAPOLIS, MN - DECEMBER 08: Jarrad Davis #40 of the Detroit Lions is helped off the field after sustaining an injury in the first quarter of the game against the Minnesota Vikings at U.S. Bank Stadium on December 8, 2019 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Stephen Maturen/Getty Images)


16.6 — Detroit's scoring average over five games without Stafford.


The Lions close the season against the Buccaneers, at Denver and against Green Bay at home. The slumping team will not be favored to win any of those games.

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