The Lions decided to bring back both Patricia and Quinn aiming for competitive seasons in the near future.
"We expect to be a playoff contender," Ford said Tuesday to a select group of media members, per O'Hara. "That means playing meaningful games in December."
Patricia, 45, is completing his second season in Detroit. After a 6-10 campaign in 2018, he's posted a 3-10-1 record through 14 games this year. Despite starting the 2019 season 2-0-1, the Lions have lost 10 of their past 11 tilts.
The Lions' offense has averaged 21.7 points (ranked 18th in the league) and 360.9 total yards (13th) per game, while their defensive unit has allowed 26.6 (26th) points and 401.9 yards per contest (31st).
Detroit most recently made the playoffs in 2016. The NFC North team carries the second-longest postseason losing streak in the NFL; its last playoff victory occurred in 1991.