I don’t think the Lions should hire a defensive coordinator.
I think Bevell should be given pretty much full control over the offense. Patricia should critique, ask questions, and make suggestions, but Bevell should pretty much own that side of the ball. The offensive line coach choice should be Bevell’s.
Patricia should remain as head coach, but essentially “demote” himself to defensive coordinator and focus almost singularly on that side of the ball while Bevell handles the offense.
Perhaps they will hire a DC in name only, but I’d like to see Patricia reduce his role and focus on what is supposed to be his specialty. He should run the show on the defensive side of the ball.
I can’t imagine bringing in a legitimate guy that would want to run Patricia’s defense and would do it better than he does. This is why I think he should reduce his overall role and try to just focus on what he does best. Maybe a reduction in his overall role would enable him to improve the defense.
Again, the offense is in good hands with Bevell.
I’m beginning to think this is the way (Until next year at this time when everyone is fired and we’re starting over again)
To equate it to another situation - Think last year when Brian Flores was the LB coach for the Patriots. There was no DC - it was essentially Belichick and a team of people rather than just 1 guy. The Lions setup would be similar.
Head Coach: Patricia in name, but essentially Patricia and Bevell
Offensive Coordinator: Bevell
Defensive Coordinator: Patricia
Special Teams: To be named (Get a good one who will have free reign with minimal oversight so Patricia does not need to take time out of his schedule to oversee it)