Dungeon of Doom: Ex-captain Glover Quin talks Lions’ fall under Matt Patricia, and rise again
ALLEN PARK -- Former Detroit Lions safety and team captain Glover Quin doesn’t shy away from sharing what he thinks went wrong under former head coach Matt Patricia. Quin joined MLive’s Dungeon of Doom podcast, telling stories of Patricia’s arrogance and famed outdoor winter practices, among many others, rubbing Lions players the wrong way upon arrival. Subscribe to the Dungeon of Doom wherever you get your podcasts -- Acast, Spotify, Apple, Google -- Follow Benjamin Raven and Kyle Meinke on Twitter. Related headlines:Glover Quin doesn’t know if Lions players like Matt Patricia’s style enough to winSo long, Glover Quin. Glover Quin deserved better than thisMatt Patricia’s reign of error was unraveling before it even beganmlive.com
Trey Flowers reportedly will be released by Detroit Lions, clearing at least $10.3 million in cap space
ALLEN PARK -- The Detroit Lions said they were going to compete for championships when they replaced Jim Caldwell with Matt Patricia. Then they ran out of the tunnel in 2018, got punched in the face by a terrible New York Jets team on opening night and went on to lose double-digit games. Don’t worry, they said.mlive.com
Ex-Lions DC Teryl Austin’s agent says team used him to satisfy Rooney Rule before hiring Matt Patricia
Teryl Austin has coached for nearly 20 years in the NFL and counting, including four seasons as the Detroit Lions defensive coordinator. Austin interviewed for the team’s head coaching vacancy when Jim Caldwell was fired after the 2017 season. Now, in the wake of the Brian Flores class-action lawsuit against the league and three franchises. Austin’s agent alleges the Lions used him to satisfy the NFL’s Rooney Rule.mlive.com
Report: Bears want second interview with ex-Lions coach Jim Caldwell for head-coaching vacancy
Former Detroit Lions coach Jim Caldwell is emerging as a finalist for the vacant job with the Chicago Bears. The NFL Network reports the Bears want a second interview with Caldwell for their head-coaching vacancy. The team is also interested in second talks with Cowboys defensive coordinator Dan Quinn and Colts defensive coordinator Matt Eberflus. Albert Breer of Sports Illustrated reports Caldwell, Bills defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier and Eberflus are the favorites for the job in Chicago. The Jaguars are reportedly hoping to seek a second interview with Caldwell, among others, in other coaching news.mlive.com
Ex-Lions coach Jim Caldwell expected to interview for Chicago Bears’ head-coaching vacancy
The former Detroit Lions coach is expected to interview for the head-coaching vacancy with the Chicago Bears. ESPN reports “a source close to” Caldwell said the veteran coach is expected to interview for the job in Chicago. Pro Football Talk reports they have confirmed those rumors and that the former Lions and Colts coach is a candidate in Chicago. The Bears have interviewed or requested one with Bucs defensive coordinator Todd Bowles, Bills offensive coordinator Brain Daboll, Colts defensive coordinator Matt Eberflus, ex-Dolphins coach Brian Flores, Bills defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier, Packers offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett, Bucs offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich, former Eagles coach Doug Pederson and Cowboys defensive coordinator Dan Quinn. In other news from the coaching carousel, the Vikings requested permission to interview Cowboys offensive coordinator and former Lions quarterback Kellen Moore for their vacancy.mlive.com
Ex-Lions QB Kellen Moore among coordinators reportedly drawing interest from Jacksonville Jaguars
The Jacksonville Jaguars are getting moving on their quest to replace Urban Meyer, reportedly requesting interviews with several coordinators from around the league. That list includes former Lions quarterback and current Dallas Cowboys offensive coordinator Kellen Moore. The NFL Network reports the Jaguars also requested interviews with Bucs offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich and defensive coordinator Todd Bowles, and Cowboys defensive coordinator Dan Quinn, Colts defensive coordinator Matt Eberflus and former Eagles coach Doug Pederson. It’s also worth noting former Lions offensive coordinator and interim coach Darrell Bevell took over the big chair after Meyer’s dismissal. Related headlines:Ex-Lions coach Jim Caldwell reportedly expected to interview with Jacksonville JaguarsDeja vu: Ex-Lions interim head coach Darrell Bevell takes over Jaguars amid Urban Meyer firingmlive.com
Ex-Lions coach Jim Caldwell reportedly expected to interview with Jacksonville Jaguars
Jim Caldwell’s name is back in coaching carousel rumors, with the NFL Network reporting the former Detroit Lions coach is expected to interview with the Jacksonville Jaguars. Former Lions offensive coordinator and interim coach Darrell Bevell took over for the Jaguars after Meyer’s dismissal. When the Lions moved on from Caldwell, they were looking to take a team on the cusp into the next level. When Caldwell took over in 2014, he inherited a team that had won just 11 games the previous two seasons combined. But nevertheless, what it boils down to is being able to lead a team, and not everybody can do that.mlive.com
Dungeon of Doom podcast: Graham Glasgow talks leaving Detroit, working out with Michigan’s Aidan Hutchinson
ALLEN PARK -- The Detroit Lions are undefeated since MLive’s new “Dungeon of Doom” podcast launch, and we’re back with another great guest. Graham Glasgow, now with the Denver Broncos, spent four seasons with the Lions after spending four years in Ann Arbor at the University of Michigan. And while the Lions and Broncos play this week, Glasgow is out for the season with an ankle injury. -- Glasgow on living with fellow former Lions offensive linemen Taylor Decker and Joe Dahl for a year, and looking back on some of those rookie meals. Related recent episodes:Dungeon of Doom podcast: Dan Miller, voice of the Detroit Lions, looks ahead and talks favorite callsLetter from the Editor: Why start a Lions podcast now?mlive.com
More interviews didn’t equal more minority hirings in NFL
(AP Photo)The NFL expanded the Rooney Rule to give more minority candidates opportunities to become a head coach and reward teams who develop them. The Houston Texans hired David Culley this week, making the 65-year-old longtime assistant the league’s third Black head coach hired. Culley and Saleh join Pittsburgh’s Mike Tomlin, Miami’s Brian Flores and Washington’s Ron Rivera as the league’s only minority head coaches. “We didn’t make as much progress on the head coaching side as we would have liked,” Rooney said. AdPerhaps an increase in minority executives will lead to more minority head coaches.
Texans hire Culley as coach amid drama surrounding Watson
FILE - This is an Aug. 17, 2020, file photo showing David Culley of the Baltimore Ravens NFL football team. David Culley has been hired as the coach of the Houston Texans, a person familiar with the hiring told The Associated Press. (AP Photo)HOUSTON – David Culley became the coach of the Houston Texans believing Deshaun Watson would be his quarterback. “We have added a very well respected and experienced member to our Texans' family in our new head coach, David Culley," McNair said. The 65-year-old Culley becomes the fourth coach in Texans history, replacing Bill O’Brien, who was fired after the team opened the season 0-4.
AP Source: QB Watson requests trade from Houston Texans
Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson speaks during a news conference following an NFL divisional playoff football game against the Kansas City Chiefs in Kansas City, Mo., Sunday, Jan. 12, 2020. Star quarterback Deshaun Watson has requested a trade from the Houston Texans, a person familiar with the move told The Associated Press. (AP Photo/Ed Zurga, File)HOUSTON – Star quarterback Deshaun Watson has requested a trade from the Houston Texans, a person familiar with the move told The Associated Press. The same source who told The AP about the trade request said Watson made the ask before Culley’s hire. The only other minority candidate who was hired as a head coach this offseason was the New York Jets' Robert Saleh, the league's first Muslim American head coach.
Report: Ex-Lions coach Matt Patricia headed back to the New England Patriots
Patricia, the former Detroit Lions head coach, was fired after his team got blown out on Thanksgiving by the Houston Texans. Related: Matt Patricia, Bob Quinn fired by Detroit LionsEvan Rothstein, a research assistant in Detroit, is reportedly headed with Patricia. He worked as a special teams quality coach, special projects coach, offensive assistant/research and analysis, and head coach assistant/research and analysis during his time. In other news, former Lions coach Jim Caldwell interviewed for the vacant job in Houston on Friday. Caldwell last worked as an assistant head coach and quarterbacks coach in Miami.mlive.com
New 7th seed helps Bears 8 years too late for Lovie Smith
Chicago Bears head coach Matt Nagy watches during the first half of an NFL football game against the Green Bay Packers Sunday, Jan. 3, 2021, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)While Matt Nagy gets to coach Chicago in the playoffs despite a middling 8-8 record that could help save his job, former Bears coach Lovie Smith can only wonder if the extra team in the postseason could have helped him eight years ago. Smith’s Bears teams from the beginning of last decade are near the top of that list. Chicago lost five of six and missed the postseason as the seventh seed with an 8-8 mark. The tough-luck missing playoff team that season was the Giants, who missed out the year before Eli Manning and Co. won their second Super Bowl under coach Tom Coughlin.
The Lions are shaking up their organizational structure, could hire coach before GM
“We’re not waiting for a GM to be hired to find the head coach,” team pressident Rod Wood said on Tuesday morning. He provided several substantive updates to the club’s search for a new coach and general manager, and make no mistake, the Lions could still hire a general manager first. The Lions are telling general manager candidates their favorites for coach, and vice versa, so any potential hire would not be caught off guard with a subsequent hire. But every other team looking for a head coach has also requested the same interview according to multiple reports. “It’s important I think to get the right coach, and if that means we have to hire a coach first, that’s what we’ll do.”Former Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis already interviewed for Detroit last week, while interim head coach Darrell Bevell will speak with the club today.mlive.com
Jim Caldwell opens up on Lions, his future: ‘You got to lead by example’
ALLEN PARK -- Jim Caldwell has kept pretty quiet since the Detroit Lions fired him after the 2017 season. There’s nothing wrong with wanting more out of the Lions than what Caldwell gave them. It didn’t work for Caldwell in Detroit, but he clearly did some things right as well. “I bring the ability to bring guys together, get them headed in the right direction,” Caldwell said. And the guys who won the last two Super Bowls were won by guys over 65 years of age.mlive.com
Detroit Lions fans react to firing of head coach Matt Patricia, GM Bob Quinn
DETROIT – It’s an emotional roller coaster being a Detroit Lions fan -- something Stephen Jones knows too well. Although Jones and Mayone said being a Lions fan is not easy, they have mixed emotions about the Lions firing head coach Matt Patricia and General Manager Bob Quinn. One fan suggested rehiring former head coach Jim Caldwell. Getting a GM and head coach coming in at the same time can hopefully mean for more collaboration,” Mayone said. Everybody knows what they’ve done with (quarterback) Patrick Mahones.”LAST MONTH: Detroit Lions dragging their feet (again) while other NFL teams fire coaches, GMsWatch the full report in the video posted above.
Matt Patricia, Bob Quinn fired by Detroit Lions
After getting blown out 41-25 on Thanksgiving against Houston, the Detroit Lions decided they had seen enough and fired Patricia just halfway through a five-year contract. General manager Bob Quinn, the man who hired Patricia, was also fired. Patricia becomes the first head coach fired by Detroit midseason since Steve Mariucci in 2005. A day later, Quinn fired him in a move that sent a clear message that the bar had been raised in Detroit. “It’s a bunch of trash.”While players believed they were close under Caldwell, Patricia never viewed the job that way.mlive.com
Around and around the Detroit Lions go, still stuck in an endless cycle of mediocrity
“We didn’t beat the really good teams,” Quinn said. They beat good teams. But all these later, the Lions (3-4) are still stuck in their endless cycle of mediocrity, certainly not one of the worst teams in the league, but certainly not one of the best either. They keep going 'round and 'round on this endless carousel of mediocrity, and now find themselves heading into yet another trade deadline still stuck in purgatory. That they’re a good team, and they just have to show who they really are?mlive.com
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. 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. Well 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 hell be back for a third season in 2020? 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.detroit.cbslocal.com
For Matt Patricia The Losses Keep Adding Up
The loss of Matthew Stafford to injury continues to take a toll on the Detroit Lions, and the losses on the field keep adding up. Hes our head coach, and hes the guy were really behind, right guard Graham Glasgow said of Patricia. Jim Caldwell was fired after the Lions went 9-7 in 2017, and theyre 9-17-1 since Patricia was picked to replace him. I definitely think the team is fighting, Patricia said. Asked about taking over the defensive play calling, Patricia became, well, defensive, and refused to go into details.detroit.cbslocal.com
Did Lions make right call sticking with Jim Caldwell?
DETROIT – The Detroit Lions retained coach Jim Caldwell for a third season, giving him a chance to work with new general manager Bob Quinn. "As I stated Monday, I was looking forward to the opportunity to get to know Jim," Quinn said in a statement released by the team Friday. "I love Jim Caldwell, but I don't want to answer that question," she said. His cool and calm demeanor appeared to be just what the Lions needed after they fired an emotionally charged coach, Jim Schwartz. When Dungy retired after the 2008 season, Caldwell succeeded him and won 14 games as a rookie NFL head coach.