Marvin Jones: No one on Lions is complaining about running

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Wide receiver Marvin Jones is fine with running and says his Lions teammates have no problem with it either.

In a recent column, Carlos Monarrez of the Detroit Free Press opined that Lions head coach Matt Patricia could lose his players because he makes them run at practice as punishment for certain mistakes. That’s not a particularly new approach for a football coach and Jones said on NFL Network that it isn’t one that’s having a negative impact on the team in Patricia’s first season.

Jones noted that you have to be able to run all day in football and that he believes the practices have helped set a “solid foundation” for the team as they move toward camp.

“Shoot, it’s football. We run. You know what I’m saying?” Jones said. “Nobody is complaining. Everybody is just going out here working hard and we’re having fun doing it. So, whoever’s grandma wrote that story, I don’t know.”

If the Lions are winning games, chances are that his approach will be seen as part of the reason for the success rather than a sign of impending doom. That style may not work for every player, but it seems unlikely to be anything other than the won-loss record that determines how long he’s in Detroit.

20 responses to “Marvin Jones: No one on Lions is complaining about running

  1. I remember seeing twice in my lifetime a hard ass coach come in and try and manhandle his team. Les Snead with the Vikes were so beat up from his horrendous conditioning program that by game three they were toast and at the end of the season so was he.

    There was another guy from Rutgers who tried it on one of the Florida teams too and that was also a huge failure.

    Were talking men here who know about getting ready and in shape not joining the Marines.
    I hope Patricia gets it and understands its the mental side of the game his team needs conditioning on.

  2. Im Fubared says:
    June 14, 2018 at 10:59 am

    I remember seeing twice in my lifetime a hard ass coach come in and try and manhandle his team. Les Snead with the Vikes were so beat up from his horrendous conditioning program that by game three they were toast and at the end of the season so was he.
    __________

    That would have been Les Steckel, not Snead. After the team went years with low-key training camps under Bud Grant, Steckel turned it into a Marine boot camp with an iron man competition. One of those coaches is in the Hall of Fame and the other one lasted one year.

  3. Patricia does seem to have adhered to the Belichick school of media relations — I’m sure Lions fans will enjoy that.

  4. Players SHOULD be fine with running anytime a coach tells them to.
    The media won’t say this but the fact is that few players are self-motivated. Most tend to be so into themselves that they cannot take constructive criticism from coaches, and therefore, refuse to bother to get into shape.
    Case in point:
    PLAYERS who show up to training camp fat and/or out of shape.
    I bet that ImFubared thinks that this is the coaches fault.
    It’s NOT the coaches fault.
    These players are grown men, and are therefore responsible for getting themselves into shape. This is a career but most players act as if the NFL is yet another entitlement program.

  5. The only complaining is from the Lions fans that always seem to blame the refs or their so called unfair schedule for their perennial failure and deep rooted history of disappointment. This team is the Browns of the NFC….Same ‘OL Lions!

  6. I remember seeing twice in my lifetime a hard ass coach come in and try and manhandle his team. Les Snead with the Vikes were so beat up from his horrendous conditioning program that by game three they were toast and at the end of the season so was he.

    There was another guy from Rutgers who tried it on one of the Florida teams too and that was also a huge failure.

    Your memory is very limited.
    His approach is no different than Belichick, Parcells, Lombardi, Chuck Knoll..Etc…Etc…Etc. Those people made out pretty well with their teams.
    Like anything else in life their have to be small penalties to pay for mistakes made. Running laps is the typical way and not exactly humiliating by any means. Yes, NFL players all think they are the boss nowadays but teams that let that happen all end losing in the end. They may win at first but lack of discipline always loses in the end.

  7. .
    What should a coach do when during red zone drills the offensive line has three consecutive false starts? Send them all to Canton?
    .

  8. Carlos Monarrez is a joke. He started this shtick now that sharp and parker are gone. No one takes him seriously anyway.

  9. Two comments:
    1. Sound like the Lions won;t have ‘fun’ anymore
    2. I’m thinking Carlos Monarrez doesn’t know much about football.

  10. That whole story was just a hater taking potshots. The Lions should not have to explain or justify football players being asked to run at practice. Really no professional sports team should have to answer to that.

  11. (The only complaining is from the Lions fans that always seem to blame the refs or their so called unfair schedule for their perennial failure and deep rooted history of disappointment. This team is the Browns of the NFC….Same ‘OL Lions!)

    Why would people complain to the refs about their schedule? Thank you for trying though😏

  12. dryzzt23 says:
    June 14, 2018 at 11:34 am
    Players SHOULD be fine with running anytime a coach tells them to.
    The media won’t say this but the fact is that few players are self-motivated. Most tend to be so into themselves that they cannot take constructive criticism from coaches, and therefore, refuse to bother to get into shape.
    Case in point:
    PLAYERS who show up to training camp fat and/or out of shape.
    I bet that ImFubared thinks that this is the coaches fault.
    It’s NOT the coaches fault.
    These players are grown men, and are therefore responsible for getting themselves into shape. This is a career but most players act as if the NFL is yet another entitlement program.

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    I remember when Bill Parcells first took over the Patriots. They were soft and lazy in those days, the culture was not one of motivation at all, which of course showed on the field. Anyhow a bunch of guys showed up for camp out of shape with the idea that camp was for getting back into shape after not doing anything in the offseason. Parcells cut them that fast. There was some whining from the guys that got cut saying it was unfair because nobody ever told them they had to be in shape for camp. So in the next press conference that got raised to Parcells the complaint they had made. Parcells simply said “ When we are paying a guy millions of dollars to play a sport I should not have to tell him to be in shape”. I actually never liked Parcells much, but I sure agreed with him that day.

  13. Patricia had no problem running away from San Padre Island after he’d been charged with rape. But hey, as long as Lions fans are comfortable calling Patricia the victim, and value winning over ethics, they’re pretty much aligned with POTUS.

  14. Lions 4-12 with that schedule and I swallowed a beach ball criminal coach will be fired in a few years

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