The Patriot Way has made its way to Michigan

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If the arrival of the “Do Your Job” mantra wasn’t enough, the transformation of Lions players into say-nothing robots proves what many suspected would happen — new coach Matt Patricia has brought the Patriot Way to Detroit.

As explained by Robert Klemko of SI.com, Lions cornerback Darius Slay flatly refused to talk about his team.

He already done warned us man!” Slay said. “They’re strict.”

Maybe that will lead to another goofy column about Patricia potentially losing his team. Or maybe those who tried to link extra running at practice to alienating players will realize that this is one of the big reasons why the Lions haven’t won a playoff game since 1991 — and why the Patriots have won 27 since 2001.

47 responses to “The Patriot Way has made its way to Michigan

  1. It’s not about not talking, it’s always about controlling the conversation. Win as a team, talk about the team. Lose, hold self accountable but let the coaches do the talking and take any blame.

    At first I’m sure Patricia has been setting a sort of rule regarding this. That’ll change when players get used to the approach.

    It really only helps the players. They can show themselves as solid members of a team and helps limit pressures that come when the media get juicy gossip.

  2. The Patriot Way works when you have Tom Brady as your quarterback. The other stuff is important, but anyone wanting to give 100% of the credit to Belichick and his system and not Tom Brady (and other players) pretty much disrespects the players who get the job done on the field. Too many Patriots fans also buy into this as well, believing that you can just get rid of Brady and bring in Garoppolo and Super Bowls would continue.

  3. The should have won another one a few years ago against the Cowboys in Dallas , but was robbed by the zebras.

  4. Matt Patricia was trained as a rocket scientist and is recognized as one of the most intelligent guys in the NFL (probably in the top 3). The question is how easily and quickly he makes the transition from Defensive Coordinator to Head Coach in a different organization. He is the closest to a Belichick clone that we have seen because of his brilliance. Many of the former Patriots coordinators who then went to head coaching jobs lacked the skills to fully succeed, but Patricia may be different.

  5. The Lions have needed this for a long time. I could not stand another season of Jim Caldwell standing on the sidelines looking bewildered.

  6. Only in 2018 would these things be seen as bad:

    1. Selfelessnes
    2. Humility
    3. Focus on team
    4. HIgh Football IQ
    5. Striving for improvement
    6. Not mouthing off
    7. Taking the coaching

    Only in America in 2018 would such an old school, tried and true approach be frowned upon and called “strict” or “militaristic”.

    LMAO

  7. Pastabelly hits the nail on the head here….
    Without Brady, there is no patriot way.

  8. pastabelly says:
    July 16, 2018 at 8:45 am
    The Patriot Way works when you have Tom Brady as your quarterback. The other stuff is important, but anyone wanting to give 100% of the credit to Belichick and his system and not Tom Brady (and other players) pretty much disrespects the players who get the job done on the field. Too many Patriots fans also buy into this as well, believing that you can just get rid of Brady and bring in Garoppolo and Super Bowls would continue.

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    On the flip side, Brady owes much of his career to BB the architect. If Brady played for 90% of other NFL franchises, if not more like 95% over the past 20 years, no way on earth he has the career he’s had.

    In the cap era, cap health, planning, picking the right human to share a locker room with, have as much importance than anything else. Even Brady knows this. You act like Brady is 100% perfect and has never made a mistake, but if he catches an easy pass in the SB, doesn’t fumble on 2nd and 2, or starts faster like Foles was able to do (something Brady NEVER has done in his career in a SB), you aren’t trying to make excuses while indriectly bashing the guy who drafted him, got hammered in the press in 2001 for sticking with him with a 7 mil per back up QB on the bench, with people wondering what he was doing.

    If they had turned to JimmyG, it’s 10-6+ every year, as opposed to 12-4+ every year. No other sports fanbase can say such things, and it’s mainly because of BB and what he’s set up with full control via Kraft in Foxborough. N

    Now go put these Brady footie pajamas and add some extra tape to the poster on the wall. Tired of you Brady MIllennial fanboys who never sat on those metal bleachers with the Sullivans.

    As proven, as much as it as a QB/passing league, where it’s easier to play the position, when the chips are on the table, the GOAT QB needs to execute. And, accumulation of yards is as meaningless a stat in sports.

  9. It’s going to take far more than a slogan to turn the Lions around. The Belicheat playbook includes moral bankruptcy, flouting the rules and a healthy dose of help from the referees. No wonder so few of Belicheat’s former coaches have found success in the NFL.

  10. Whats wrong with talking to reporters provided you don’t give anything away?
    Just talk in generalities, don’t disparage anyone on any team, and say things like “we’re working as a team to improve”.

    I think Belichick takes it to an extreme.
    You can say nothing while still speaking a few sentences.

  11. I remember when the “patriot way” made it’s way to Kansas city, and led the Chiefs to the most horrid 3 year stretch in the history of our franchise.

  12. kcflake says:
    July 16, 2018 at 9:24 am
    I remember when the “patriot way” made it’s way to Kansas city, and led the Chiefs to the most horrid 3 year stretch in the history of our franchise.

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    When was this?

    The slogan, created by the media, wasn’t around in the late 1970s. The Pats had some nice teams back in ’76 or ’78, but your team wasn’t victimzed by some slogan back in those days, little guy.

  13. whatjusthapped says:
    July 16, 2018 at 9:19 am
    It’s going to take far more than a slogan to turn the Lions around. The Belicheat playbook includes moral bankruptcy, flouting the rules and a healthy dose of help from the referees. No wonder so few of Belicheat’s former coaches have found success in the NFL.
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    So not only do the Patriots cheat but the NFL is rigged to help them cheat? I mean if it’s rigged then why would they also have to cheat? And why would other teams hire coaches that cheated while the league cheated from them? At least the other NFL owners would be in on the secret. So why would they hire a coach from a team the NFL rigged games for (Plus they also cheated.)?

    I need to understand? Help me understand your words.

  14. factschecker says:
    July 16, 2018 at 9:37 am
    whatjusthapped says:
    July 16, 2018 at 9:19 am
    It’s going to take far more than a slogan to turn the Lions around. The Belicheat playbook includes moral bankruptcy, flouting the rules and a healthy dose of help from the referees. No wonder so few of Belicheat’s former coaches have found success in the NFL.
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    So not only do the Patriots cheat but the NFL is rigged to help them cheat? I mean if it’s rigged then why would they also have to cheat? And why would other teams hire coaches that cheated while the league cheated from them? At least the other NFL owners would be in on the secret. So why would they hire a coach from a team the NFL rigged games for (Plus they also cheated.)?

    I need to understand? Help me understand your words.

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    LMAO

    Like Goodell and the cheating owners, it doesn’t quite add up, does it? He won’t answer you.

    Meanwhile. there is an abundance of evidence that Goodell cheats NE and was partially HIRED to do so by the Jets owner, Woody Johnson, including making things up completely, using ESPN to lie, and to try to keep a healthy parity (which was not happened even after so much cheating stealing the Pats draft picks off of framejobs).

  15. it really is boring to see the “cheater” comments. We all know it is untrue, yet these unhinged lunatics get some sort of satisfaction in there day out of it.

  16. george1859 says:
    July 16, 2018 at 9:12 am
    Pastabelly hits the nail on the head here….
    Without Brady, there is no patriot way.

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    Umm, no he doesn’t. BB worked with JimmyG EVERY DAY since he drafted him. What that means is, BB had another QB he really believed in and would work with for years to come. He personally groomed him just like he did with Brady.

    No one is saying , but you are absolutely daft if you don’t the cap, how BB builds the team with depth, etc, his coaching up of players no one has even heard of, etc, is not more abotut the success than one guy named Brady. Brady is certainly an enormous part of the overwhelming success and records being set, but with 80% of the league in cap hell, it is VERY unlikely Brady wouild have benefitted from a better GM or Coach in the NFL, or one as great. Show me this GM and Coach. It doesn’t exist.

    IN other words, Brady would be nowhere near as great if he been drafted and played elsewhere, if he even got that chance as a 6th rd pick, basically no one wanted. The only other team on record as wanting him, was SD and former coach Mike Riley, but they drafted someone else.

    So, one would assume he MAYBE would have been invited to Chargers camp, but unlikely he would have beaten out Ryan leaf to start there since they were still trying to justify the Leaf pick from 2 years earlier, or even made the team considering his draft position.

    People act like Brady was some top 10 draft pick and a slam dunk out of college. LMAO

  17. Lions would need to move to the crappiest division in the NFL to do it the Patriots way. (And don’t forget to cheat.)

  18. terripet says:
    July 16, 2018 at 8:28 am
    Don’t tell me your gonna start cheating now

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    It means the Lions are going to start pounding the Colts.

  19. pauldeba says:
    July 16, 2018 at 9:59 am
    it really is boring to see the “cheater” comments. We all know it is untrue, yet these unhinged lunatics get some sort of satisfaction in there day out of it.
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    Never let go of the last thing you have left.

  20. mullman76 says:

    It’s all about the Wins. By any means necessary. It’s called gamesmanship. Or something.

    You don’t seem to get it, but that’s OK.

    It’s about putting TEAM first,
    knowing your role inside and out,
    playing with high IQ / being situationally aware,
    working to improve both in the classroom and in the training room,
    ignoring the noise,
    accepting coaching,
    making no excuses,
    not creating controversy by answering question that are even the least little bit “loaded”

    It’s not so hard to understand, but it is (apparently) hard to implement, since in a copycat league, it has not be copied very effectively elsewhere.

  21. pastabelly says:
    July 16, 2018 at 8:45 am
    The Patriot Way works when you have Tom Brady as your quarterback.

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    Pretty sure we saw it working with Matt Cassell, Jimmy G, and Jacoby Brisette too.

  22. neatpete1 says:
    July 16, 2018 at 10:50 am
    terripet says:
    July 16, 2018 at 8:28 am
    Don’t tell me your gonna start cheating now

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    It means the Lions are going to start pounding the Colts.

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    There aren’t too many teams that won’t be pounding the Colts…..in fact, I am having a hard time coming up with even one….

  23. tylawspick6 says:
    July 16, 2018 at 10:27 am
    george1859 says:
    July 16, 2018 at 9:12 am
    Pastabelly hits the nail on the head here….
    Without Brady, there is no patriot way.

    5 13 Rate This

    ——————

    Umm, no he doesn’t. BB worked with JimmyG EVERY DAY since he drafted him. What that means is, BB had another QB he really believed in and would work with for years to come. He personally groomed him just like he did with Brady.

    No one is saying , but you are absolutely daft if you don’t the cap, how BB builds the team with depth, etc, his coaching up of players no one has even heard of, etc, is not more abotut the success than one guy named Brady. Brady is certainly an enormous part of the overwhelming success and records being set, but with 80% of the league in cap hell, it is VERY unlikely Brady wouild have benefitted from a better GM or Coach in the NFL, or one as great. Show me this GM and Coach. It doesn’t exist.

    IN other words, Brady would be nowhere near as great if he been drafted and played elsewhere, if he even got that chance as a 6th rd pick, basically no one wanted. The only other team on record as wanting him, was SD and former coach Mike Riley, but they drafted someone else.

    So, one would assume he MAYBE would have been invited to Chargers camp, but unlikely he would have beaten out Ryan leaf to start there since they were still trying to justify the Leaf pick from 2 years earlier, or even made the team considering his draft position.

    People act like Brady was some top 10 draft pick and a slam dunk out of college. LMAO
    +++++++++++++++++++++
    What had BB accomplished before Brady other than getting fired by the Browns? Don’t forget when BB was fired he had the worst winning percentage of any coach to ever coach the Browns. Some could say he was the start of the fall for the Browns.

  24. What had BB accomplished before Brady other than getting fired by the Browns? Don’t forget when BB was fired he had the worst winning percentage of any coach to ever coach the Browns. Some could say he was the start of the fall for the Browns.
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    That was the rise of the Ravens. Geez.

    See what Ozzy Newsome has to say on the topic.

  25. kcflake says:
    July 16, 2018 at 9:24 am
    I remember when the “patriot way” made it’s way to Kansas city, and led the Chiefs to the most horrid 3 year stretch in the history of our franchise.

    ———————-

    When was this?

    The slogan, created by the media, wasn’t around in the late 1970s. The Pats had some nice teams back in ’76 or ’78, but your team wasn’t victimzed by some slogan back in those days, little guy.

    Scott Pioli brought “The patriot way” to KC, and shoved it down our throats. Sucked.

  26. NFL coaches run into problems when they try to be someone they aren’t. Many first time head coaches come in and try to be hardcases until they mature into their position (if given time). Simply put, Patricia isn’t Belichick, and if he’s trying to be, he’ll likely fail.

  27. Patricia’s say nothing, deny everything, approach also applies to the way he denied his (alleged) sexual assault on a woman on San Padre Island (back when he was a fratboy on Spring Break). Medical experts were ready to testify for the prosecution, but the victim didn’t want to be put on trial by Patricia’s lawyers. Can’t say I blame her, but there’s no other way to make charges against these people stick.

  28. If, if, if a frog had wings it wouldn’t bump its butt every time it hopped. If Brady went elsewhere, if B.B. wasn’t the GOAT, if all the assistants couldn’t win elsewhere… remember this is about Detroit accepting “the Patriot Way”. It ain’t gonna happen.

  29. The “Patriot Way” has destroyed more franchises than it’s lifted. Don’t kid yourselves Lions fans.

  30. “What had BB accomplished before Brady other than getting fired by the Browns?”

    He took a terrible Browns franchise and had turned it around, being the last Browns coach to lead the team to a playoff victory.

    Fun fact: that playoff victory was against the Pats!

  31. ““What had BB accomplished before Brady other than getting fired by the Browns?””

    Forgot, he was also the architect of Super Bowl winning Giants defenses getting 2 rings with them before winning 5 more with the Pats.

  32. If I recall the playoff win prior to 1991 was ’57.

    And we get to watch this every Thanksgiving.

  33. This emulating the Patriots is silly. If you don’t have the Brady, it won’t work.

    Belichick didn’t have the Brady in Cleveland, and he was a failure there. Patricia doesn’t have the Brady. One losing season and he’s history anyway, due to his past.

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