Fixing Lions run game will be a “collaborative thing”

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It feels like the Lions have been trying to put together a consistently effective running game since the day Barry Sanders announced his retirement and Matt Patricia will be the next head coach to tackle that issue.

Patricia’s approach is not expected to include naming one of his assistants as a run game coordinator. That title has popped up with other teams, but General Manager Bob Quinn said it won’t be in use with the Lions because the other assistants will be taking care of those responsibilities.

“I don’t think Matt or I are big into titles,” Quinn said, via the Detroit News. “I think sometimes, when you look at other teams, you see all these titles and there’s reasons why they give those titles, to get guys out of contracts, give them more money and promotions. Matt and my philosophy is everybody will have their jobs to do. The running game is going to be a combination of head coach, offensive coordinator, offensive line coach, tight ends coach, running backs coach and maybe, to a small degree, receivers coach. This is going to be a collaborative thing.”

However the responsibilities are divvied up, finding the right mix between coaching and talent to spark the running game would make life easier for Patricia and Quinn as they try to build a consistent winner right out of the gate.

9 responses to “Fixing Lions run game will be a “collaborative thing”

  1. Stafford will keep both Quinn and Patricia alive while they figure it out, He is a fortunate HC in that regard….

  2. “I don’t think Matt or I are big into titles”

    At some point, we need some leadership WHO IS into titles, as in “the position of being the champion of a major sports competition.”

  3. MP has been the messanger for BB, that we know. as for PP he has had too many jobs to count so know MP gives marching orders to PP….they better be good on Offense…

  4. It ain’t rocket science (yeah lame Patricia education reference) — they’ve now got the O-line — just draft a decent RB.

  5. Lions run game has ultimately languished at the bottom of team stats year in and year out due to a confluence of bad scouting, bad coaching, and the zone blocking scheme. It’s not for lack of want, the Lions have made drafting O-Linemen a priority over the last decade. In some cases, they’ve drafted busts (e.g. Gosder Cherilus, Laken Tomlinson), in other cases, coaches not coaching up players to their full potential (e.g. Riley Reiff). The RB’s in place have been sub-par some years, but I truly believe that this hasn’t been the main problem. The holes just aren’t there. I hope Jeff Davidson and the “collaboration” can finally figure this out.

  6. Barry Sanders was great runner, however it was feast or famine with him. Most times, they took him out in short yardage because he was not a hit the line and grind it out. According to NFL he is the leader in negative yard sand no gain rushes. Also he did not block or catch well…..the Lions need a consistent rushing attack.

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