Allen Park – At Matt Patricia’s introductory news conference this week, general manager Bob Quinn said the two would be tied to the hip when it comes to player acquisition. But the team took it a step further on Friday, announcing a contract extension for Quinn that matches the terms of Patricia’s deal.
“I am pleased that we have reached an agreement with Bob on an extension to his contract,” Lions owner Martha Ford wrote in a statement. “I believe the Lions’ football organization is well positioned for success under his leadership together with the addition of our new head coach, Matt Patricia.”
Quinn joined the Lions in 2016, after 16 seasons with the New England Patriots. Under his leadership, the Lions have posted back-to-back 9-7 seasons with a playoff berth in 2016. It’s the first time since 1994-95 the team has posted winning records in back-to-back seasons.
“Thank you to Mrs. Ford, her family, and Rod Wood for their continued support and belief in my ability to lead this football team,” Quinn said in a statement. “My goals and vision remain unchanged and I will continue to work diligently at improving this team and every facet of the football operation. Coach Patricia and I will always work in close concert on any and all football-related matters. That process is underway as our coaching and player personnel staffs are collectively preparing for the roster building phase of the off-season.”
Terms of the contract were not disclosed, and both Wood and Quinn declined to answer on Wednesday when asked for the length of Patricia’s deal. Multiple reports suggest it is for five years. The New Giants and Tennessee Titans both gave their new coaching hires five-year contracts.
“The contract extension for Bob is most deserving as he continues to lead and improve our football team,” team president Rod Wood said in a statement. “It is also important for our entire organization to ensure stability as we move forward with Matt as our new head coach working in partnership with Bob. Moreover, I greatly enjoy my relationship and partnership with Bob. We both look forward to a bright future for the Detroit Lions.”