Matt Patricia makes his own way in Detroit

AP

Many coaches and executives who worked for Bill Belichick attempt to be Bill Belichick when they get their first chance to run a team of their own. Lions coach Matt Patricia won’t be doing it that way.

Patricia, who worked with Bill Belichick from 2004 through 2017, will be doing things his own way. That’s not a slap at Belichick, but an acknowledgement of the reality that, ultimately, each coach and executive needs to be true to he is. The job is stressful enough without trying to be someone you’re not.

“I’m always gonna be me,” Patricia said. “I’m always gonna be who I am.”

So who is Patricia? Here’s a chance to get to know the guy who had plenty of opportunities in recent years but who chose the Lions, a team and a city that he believes will be a great fit for his personality.

19 responses to “Matt Patricia makes his own way in Detroit

  1. In his defense, because Pats make no excuses and mountains of salty haters give them none, everybody overlooks that his defense last season started off heavily injury riddled – losing best lineman Ninkovich to a late preseason retirement and 3 other starting linemen on IR (Valentine, McClellin, Davis), then quickly losing captain/linchpin Hightower. He rebuilt the line by November but then other key injuries like Van Noy’s niggles – there’s only so much you can do.

    The Pats do so well and others so desperately want other teams to beat them that most observers conveniently, completely, overlook that Pats were overall were one of the most banged-up teams of 2017 – and 2015 – and both those years they still came very close to yet another ring.

  2. Is this guy for real… smart, engaging, personable. He’s not your typical stiff retread hire of a head coach. As a Lions fan I’ve been dupe before but, Patricia looks to be a great fit for a leader of men.

  3. It’s going to be harder to run his defense without the patriot privilege. He will have to make long road trips, play tough opponents back to Back, and actually play a team coming off bye weekd unlike the Patriots.

  4. Does anybody else get the impression that Patricia is a young, bearded Robert De Niro? Would you really be surprised if he looked straight into the camera and said: “You talkin’ to me?”

  5. vaphinfan says:
    March 2, 2018 at 7:42 am
    It’s going to be harder to run his defense without the patriot privilege. He will have to make long road trips, play tough opponents back to Back, and actually play a team coming off bye weekd unlike the Patriots.

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    You really have no idea how NFL scheduling works do you?

  6. It isn’t going to matter, They are still the Lions, The Vikings will tame them!

  7. “I’m always gonna be me,” Patricia said. “I’m always gonna be who I am.”

    For the Lions’ sake we hope not. With some of those performances, especially in the big game, you being you led to a whole lotta yards and points allowed.

  8. Defense has always been decent? Within the last few years they have set nfl records (in a bad way) for opponent % and be rating. Sure, it’s improved, but it certainly hasn’t been some huge strength

  9. He said decent, not “some huge strength” did your Mom drop you on your head a lot?

    The Lions defense was very good when they had Suh and Levy was healthy, that wasn’t that long ago.

  10. He may have said decent, but that still means he has not been paying attention. In the past decade the Lions have set the NFL record for most points given up twice. Last I heard, you win games by getting more points then the other team. The Lions defense has been ranked at, or near, the worst in the NFL several times. Even when they have had some excellent run defenses, the pass defense was horrid and dragged the defense down. Only in the past two seasons have the Lions had a decent pass defense. Sorry, but “decent” is not the right word to describe how the Lions defense has been for the last decade.

  11. Love the hire. Expecting some really good things given the synergy btwn the Gen Mgr and the Head Coach. Detroit now has 2 of the league’s youngest, brightest minds plotting their course. Excited for what I expect to be the result of BQ/MP management.

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