Detroit Lions midseason grades: A bunch of C's and one F

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Free Press writers Dave Birkett, Carlos Monarrez discuss surprises, disappointments in first half of Lions season, preview Bears game Nov. 8, 2018.
Carlos Monarrez, Detroit Free Press

Of the seven head-coaching jobs that came open in January, the Detroit Lions were considered one of the best.

They had a proven quarterback in Matthew Stafford, a patient owner in Martha Ford and were coming off back-to-back nine-win seasons, the first of which resulted in a playoff appearance.

“I think we have a lot to offer,” general manager Bob Quinn said at the time. “I think we have a really good, solid nucleus of players that can kind of be molded into what the new head coach wants his team to look like.”

Ten months later, the Lions look nothing like what Quinn and his hand-picked coach, Matt Patricia, envisioned. They went through a rough patch in training camp that seeped into the start of the season, they’ve seesawed wildly from bad to good and back again, and…

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