Columnist thinks coach could lose players for making them (gasp) run

AP

Lions coach Matt Patricia’s short tenure has had some unexpected twists and turns. Now, even before the end of his first offseason program with the team, he’s facing his first locally-generated hot take.

A columnist in Detroit thinks Patricia could be in danger of losing his players, because (wait for it) he makes them run at practice as punishment for mistakes.

That’s the opening line, courtesy of Carlos Monarrez of the Detroit Free Press. “Matt Patricia is in danger of losing his players.”

Several paragraphs in, Monarrez uses a quote from rookie running back Kerryon Johnson that apparently was intended to reflect resentment with the tactic. “These are true professionals, Johnson said. “These are grown men, 30, 35, 25.”

The quote was later clarified to explain that Johnson was simply “marveling at the talent level difference between college and NFL players.” Which means he wasn’t complaining about the coach treating his players like something other than grown men. Which is what Monarrez surely hoped to imply.

Frankly, the quote should have been removed; the clarification makes the underlying take seem like even more of a stretch. Without it, however, the column would have come off as even kookier.

Patricia brings the longstanding New England culture of winning to Detroit. For a team that hasn’t won a playoff game since 1991 and that has never been to a Super Bowl, that can’t be a bad thing.

Of course, it’s fair to say that, if Patricia is too much of a taskmaster, the players will become alienated if the team continues to struggle. But if the Lions win, Patricia will be celebrated, not castigated.

That’s been the big gamble for most Bill Belichick lieutenants who strike out on their own. Belichick’s ways work only because they work. If pushing players too hard doesn’t translate to victories, the person doing the pushing quickly will be pushed out.

Still, if Monarrez was looking for an edgy opinion during the slow months, he should have at least added the caveat that, no matter his methods, Patricia will never lose his players if he wins games.

45 responses to “Columnist thinks coach could lose players for making them (gasp) run

  1. Whatever happened to Journalists and their Editors reviewing their material for accuracy before they go to Press. No wonder so many people do not trust or believe what they read in the News.

  2. I was in full agreement with this article until the last paragraph. It is possible to win games and lose your players. Bill Parcells did it. Ditka did it.

  3. The Belichick NFL head coaching tree is fairly barren:
    Josh McDaniels
    Eric Mangini
    Bill ORomeo
    Romeo Crennel
    Al Groh
    Jim Schwartz

  4. People always seem to leave out the real reason the Patriot way works. Because Tom Brady is the QB. I won’t be surprised after he retires, the “Patriot Way” will suddenly stop working. It certainly didn’t work very well with Drew Bledsoe as the QB. Not saying they won’t still win some games, but Super Bowls will be a thing of the past.

  5. Nothing to see here. This guy gets paid to be negative and stir the fan base up. Maybe this time he bit off more that he bargained for in terms of attention.

  6. What else do you expect ? You among others have been preaching to make the game less violent and less intense. Nothing about the NFL feels like real football anymore

  7. Fatty Matty is just jealous that he can’t run and he is taking it out with his players. Keep this up Matty and you will be back with the Patsies with papa Bill and Josh McWeasel.

  8. Monarrez is a joke. No one in Detroit takes him seriously. I dont know anyone that reads his columns. Hes tried to take over for the late Drew Sharp in his always negative hot takes. Truth is, he doesnt know football making columns like this

  9. certainly didn’t work very well with Drew Bledsoe as the QB

    Bledsoe led them to a Super Bowl in 96, and won the conference championship game in 01.

    The Lions have one playoff win since 1957, yet we get the privilege of watching them every Thanksgiving.

  10. Carlos Monarrez Is consistently guilty of being wrong and stupid. Honestly, the guy is so whacked, that I’d be embarrassed to keep him on my payroll.

  11. This columnist is a joke if you even can call him a columnist. Always hating on the lions. I understand being critical and not always drinking the kool aid but going out of your way to stir the pot it garbage

  12. Hey Dennis Carson- how did the Patriot way work with Matt Cassel when Tom Brady got hurt? And how about with Jimmy G and then with Brissett?

  13. So the reporter would have us believe that the person who has the best “thumb on the pulse” of the Lions is a rookie who has not yet begun his first summer camp, let alone played a single down in the league.

    And rather than simply printing what a player says, he interprets some hidden meaning into Johnson’s words.

    I this era of fake news and alternate facts, let me propose this scenario: The number of Lions players who will trust Monarrez enough to give him a direct quote just fell from something under 10 to something very close to zero.

  14. I finally took the Free Press out of my bookmarks and haven’t visited their site in over a year, particularly because of Carlos Monarrez’es weekly mandated negative takes. Having an opinion is certainly allowed for a sports journalist, but I think it’s pretty gross to purposely write negative articles on a set schedule, and actively undermine the team you’re covering, in order to intentionally anger the local fanbase for the purpose of spiteful click views.

  15. Not for nothing but is anybody else a little tired of Patricia’s pencil shtick? Even in studio interviews he has that silly #2 stuck on his head. Until he became a HC I had no idea his voice was exactly the same as an eight grade school girl’s. Does he actually think he’s today’s version of The Fedora? Get over yourself Matt.

  16. Everybody in Michigan and Lions fans around the world know to just laugh at anything this buffoon writes. He is a complete joke

  17. One of the reasons that Pats won Superbowl LI was superior conditioning, Patriots ran 88 plays ( not including penalties) Atlanta ran 41, Atlanta’s spent a lot of time on the field in the second half…

    The Patriots run up a hill at the end of every practice, it is expected that NFL players be in top physical condition..

  18. That’s just Carlos being Carlos. His takes are so far out in leftfield, that the editors approve them just for laughs.

  19. hwentworth says:
    June 9, 2018 at 7:23 pm
    Hey Dennis Carson- how did the Patriot way work with Matt Cassel when Tom Brady got hurt? And how about with Jimmy G and then with Brissett?

    —————————————————————–

    Did they win Super Bowls that I missed or even go to the playoffs? Like I said, they will win some games. I’m not a Brady fan (I hate Michigan) or Patriots fan, but the dynasty will be over when Brady hangs up the cleats. You don’t have to believe me, just wait and see. I wouldn’t be at all surprised if Belichick retires not long after Brady, so there won’t be proof that it was really Brady all along that drove the ship.

  20. thewizardsrevenge says:
    June 9, 2018 at 7:15 pm
    certainly didn’t work very well with Drew Bledsoe as the QB

    Bledsoe led them to a Super Bowl in 96, and won the conference championship game in 01.

    ——————————————————————–

    You do realize that was before Belichick got there, right? They started 0-2 with Bledsoe, until Mo Lewis earned a Christmas card for life, when he took Bledsoe out.

  21. Coming from a guy who will twist any quote into an implacation that kaepernick is uber talented and being blackballed vs just a meagerly talented PITA no one wants to deal with
    This is priceless

  22. hwentworth says:
    June 9, 2018 at 7:23 pm
    Hey Dennis Carson- how did the Patriot way work with Matt Cassel when Tom Brady got hurt? And how about with Jimmy G and then with Brissett?

    ————————————-

    With Cassel, the Pats went from a 16-0 regular season and a Super Bowl appearance to a 11-5 regular season and missing the playoffs.

    With JimmyG and Jacoby … after Brady came back the scoring per game increased from 20 to 30 and point differential went from 5 to 13.5

  23. The Key to winning in the NFL is to win the turnover battle

    Patricia will win plenty of games– and with it the unquestioned loyalty of his team– just as soon as he replicates the sacred Patriot ball-deflation program in Motor City

  24. Just in case it wasn’t clear by the posts above from those who actually read the “reporter”, Carlos Monarrez …he’s a dumbarse. Being outside local media circuit you wouldn’t find yourself exposed to the consistently incorrect and otherwise stupid things he says.

  25. The players in the NFL are PROFESSIONALS, they are not college kids. To be a successful coach in the NFL, you must treat your players like pros. Mike Tomlin gets it, and is highly successful. Having a player run just because of a mistake is treating your player like a kid, not a grown man. That won’t work in the NFL. Matt Patricia better pack his bags if he’s not willing to change

  26. You do realize that was before Belichick got there, right?

    I’m very aware. Steve Grogan was the qb when I adopted them as my favorite team.

    Make all the Mo Lewis jokes you want, but Bledsoe was a damn good quarterback and I’m glad most of his career was in NE.

  27. jimnaizeeum says:
    June 9, 2018 at 6:28 pm
    The Belichick NFL head coaching tree is fairly barren:
    Josh McDaniels
    Eric Mangini
    Bill ORomeo
    Romeo Crennel
    Al Groh
    Jim Schwartz

    —————————————————————————————-

    All of which says that Belicchick is even greater than we all thought he was.

  28. Dennis Carson says:
    June 9, 2018 at 9:24 pm
    hwentworth says:
    June 9, 2018 at 7:23 pm
    Hey Dennis Carson- how did the Patriot way work with Matt Cassel when Tom Brady got hurt? And how about with Jimmy G and then with Brissett?

    —————————————————————–

    Did they win Super Bowls that I missed or even go to the playoffs? Like I said, they will win some games. I’m not a Brady fan (I hate Michigan) or Patriots fan, but the dynasty will be over when Brady hangs up the cleats. You don’t have to believe me, just wait and see. I wouldn’t be at all surprised if Belichick retires not long after Brady, so there won’t be proof that it was really Brady all along that drove the ship.

    ——————————————————————————————

    You could ask that question about any head coach who had a great QB who won SB’s for him. It’s a dumb question because of course head coaches benefit from having great QB’s. But Bill Parcells never won a Super Bowl without Bill Belichick as his defensive coordinator. So should we say that Belichick made Parcells what he was?
    You see what I mean?

  29. Dennis Carson says:
    June 9, 2018 at 9:24 pm
    hwentworth says:
    June 9, 2018 at 7:23 pm
    Hey Dennis Carson- how did the Patriot way work with Matt Cassel when Tom Brady got hurt? And how about with Jimmy G and then with Brissett?

    —————————————————————–

    Did they win Super Bowls that I missed or even go to the playoffs? Like I said, they will win some games. I’m not a Brady fan (I hate Michigan) or Patriots fan, but the dynasty will be over when Brady hangs up the cleats. You don’t have to believe me, just wait and see. I wouldn’t be at all surprised if Belichick retires not long after Brady, so there won’t be proof that it was really Brady all along that drove the ship.

    ——————-
    Sigh. Another ‘just wait and see’ promise. This promise has been getting made for years. So yeah we are waiting. Still waiting. Do you realize how long we have been waiting?

  30. Between this and that local guy bringing up Matty Patty’s past issues, it’s clear that some in Detroit never wanted him there. I’m guessing it’s because they enjoy the Lions’ terrible history. This ain’t the Same Ol’ Lions! Embrace the new winning culture!

  31. gjv001 says:
    June 9, 2018 at 6:17 pm

    Whatever happened to Journalists and their Editors reviewing their material for accuracy before they go to Press. No wonder so many people do not trust or believe what they read in the News.

    The press you remember is long gone. What passes as news today is simply branded information designed to attract advertisers. News today is a money game. The corporations that own the media want profits. They couldn’t care less about truth or anything else. All they want is eyeballs to convince advertisers to join them.
    To a degree it always was this way. But there was a firewall between the editorial department and the publisher. No more.
    I was told that once you’re caught telling a lie it doesn’t matter if you speak the truth anymore because how can anyone believe what you say?
    Digital media has forced the traditional press to abandoned long-held concepts just so they can survive. Digital media, for the most part, only seems interested in ‘hits’ and true journalism is too costly, so they don’t bother.
    So digital media has wrecked good journalism, leaving all of us wondering if anything your see or hear is true or not. No one seems concerned that the powerful get away with everything just short of murder.
    Welcome to the brave new world. Pray for us all.

  32. Different New Lions says:
    June 10, 2018 at 9:07 am

    Between this and that local guy bringing up Matty Patty’s past issues, it’s clear that some in Detroit never wanted him there. I’m guessing it’s because they enjoy the Lions’ terrible history. This ain’t the Same Ol’ Lions! Embrace the new winning culture!

    __________________________________

    Say whatever helps you sleep at night, but changing your name to make multiple posts is insane and desperate. It also doesn’t change the fact that three recent playoff appearances have resulted in failure and embarrassing losses nor the perennial losing history of the Lions the past six decades. Keep living in denial and your fantasy “winning culture.” SAME ‘OL Lions until further notice!!

    L0Lions!!!!

  33. thewizardsrevenge says:
    June 10, 2018 at 2:11 am
    You do realize that was before Belichick got there, right?

    I’m very aware. Steve Grogan was the qb when I adopted them as my favorite team.

    Make all the Mo Lewis jokes you want, but Bledsoe was a damn good quarterback and I’m glad most of his career was in NE.
    ——————————————————————————

    My point wasn’t against Bledsoe, although, I never thought he was that great. My point was that Belichick has NEVER had real success as a head coach without Brady as his QB. People say he’s the greatest coach ever, but to me, he has had great success because he has had the greatest QB of all time. Not saying he’s a bad coach, but not the greatest of all time. Yes, I know that coaches and QB’s have to work together, but in my opinion, Brady has had much more influence on the Patriots going to and winning Super Bowls than Belichick.

  34. jimnaizeeum says:
    June 9, 2018 at 6:28 pm
    The Belichick NFL head coaching tree is fairly barren:
    Josh McDaniels
    Eric Mangini
    Bill ORomeo
    Romeo Crennel
    Al Groh
    Jim Schwartz

    —————————————————————————————-

    All of which says that Belicchick is even greater than we all thought he was.

    ————————————————————

    Jim Schwartz was an assistant under Jeff Fisher a lot longer than Belichick.

    A lot of assistants make head coaches great, but don’t make great head coaches themselves. Dick Lebeau is one of the best DC’s of all time, but sucked as a head coach. Wade Phillips is one of the best DC’s of all time and had moderate success as a head coach. Norv Turner is one of the best OC’s of all time and had moderate success as a head coach.

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