Matt Patricia: Lions will not accept the way we played

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Matt Patricia’s debut as the Lions’ head coach was an ugly loss to the Jets, and he says another loss like that would be unacceptable.

“No. 1, like I expressed to the team, to everybody, we’re not going to accept how we played the other night and we’re going to all get better, you know, and we’re going to move on,” Patricia said. “The best thing that we can do is turn the page and get going on the next opponent and really understand that there is a timeline to every week, unfortunately for us that we have to stay in, in order to have a chance to win or be successful that week. If we get that timeline thrown off a little bit, you can get behind, and unfortunately, I think, right now with the Monday night game in general you’re always a little bit behind getting into that next week. You’re going to have a shorter week, so for us it’s really we just have to get back to the grind and stay on top of our preparation.”

Patricia was hired to replace Jim Caldwell, the former Lions head coach who was fired after back-to-back 9-7 seasons. When you fire a head coach after back-to-back 9-7 seasons, you’re saying that 9-7 isn’t good enough. Which means you expect your new coach to get double-digit wins. And the Lions looked far from a 10-win team on Monday night.

It would be an overstatement to say that Patricia is on the hot seat if the Lions get blown out again on Sunday at San Francisco, as no head coach is on the hot seat after two games. But it wouldn’t be too much of an overstatement: The Lions’ ownership and front office has indicated that they believe the pieces are in place, starting with quarterback Matthew Stafford, for the Lions to compete right now. They weren’t expecting Patricia to have a massive rebuilding project. And they’re not going to accept Patricia inheriting a 9-7 team and turning them into one of the worst teams in the league, which is what they looked like in Week One.

68 responses to “Matt Patricia: Lions will not accept the way we played

  1. I wonder if the rest of the league will ever figure out that Bill Belichick is the Aaron Rodgers of coaching. He covers a lot of mistakes and gets/keeps people employed who otherwise wouldn’t be. Let’s look at the track record:

    Charlie Weiss: 41-49 (College)
    Romeo Crennel: 28-55
    Eric Mangini: 33-47
    Josh McDaniels: 11-17
    Bill O’Brien: 31-34
    Matt Patricia: 0-1

  2. Then play Kerryon Johnson like he should be played when plays like he can play. He is the future, show your vets you can draft great players and they’ll straighten up, OR they’ll revolt, but it is too late for you to respect them. Lion mess

  3. Question: Why on god’s green earth would the players enjoy playing and underachieving with Jim Caldwell?

    Another question: Why didn’t the Lions match or better what Buffalo offered Brian Daboll? Jim Bob Cooter is horrible as as was Lombardi with predictable playcalling, which is why their run game has blown.

    So, this is the last question: Why isn’t there more on Stafford and Jim Bob Cooter? Stafford is a veteran and a good QB and the WRs they’ve had in there are not new, so why are they not better at a deeper playbook and more of a route tree to work from?

    I can literally call out run or pass, and sometimes where the ball is going, from my couch and I am a Pats fan.

    So, Patricia did not have access to a new OC, so there should be more questions about Jim Bob Cooter and Matt Stafford’s lack of depth into the gameplans and playcalling.

  4. Cannot say for sure it was all him. The 3 man rush does not work. The only chance it could work. You have to near elite coverage men in the back end to cover longer, while the QB holds the ball Longer.

  5. The Lions continue to be a dumpster fire. One of the worst franchises in NFL history and they continue to be dysfunctional. Honestly, they should have kept Jim Caldwell, he was actually winning games with a lackluster roster. Now they’ve got a frat boy for a HC and NOBODY on the team will listen to him. My advice to the owner and GM, if you’re going to give a slightly above average QB hundreds of millions of dollars, then you at least better protect him. 2-14.

  6. He won’t be the coach next year. Warning signs were there all last year regarding the Pat’s D. Why the Lions hired him is a question many ask themselves.

  7. Its one game and 15 more to do.

    I’ve lost track of how many times I see people overreact after the first game and either act like their team is guaranteed to win the Super Bowl or a given team they hate is “finished”.

    The season is a marathon not a one game sprint. Lions and every other team that sucked the first game have quite a few more chances to turn things around.

  8. ebhaynz says:
    September 13, 2018 at 2:29 pm
    The Lions continue to be a dumpster fire. One of the worst franchises in NFL history and they continue to be dysfunctional. Honestly, they should have kept Jim Caldwell, he was actually winning games with a lackluster roster. Now they’ve got a frat boy for a HC and NOBODY on the team will listen to him. My advice to the owner and GM, if you’re going to give a slightly above average QB hundreds of millions of dollars, then you at least better protect him. 2-14.

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    Caldwell was a Rooney RUle hire and absolutely horrendous, riding Manning’s coat tails out of Indy.

    He was also an offensive minded coach who was not good with Stafford.

    Their run game has sucked for a while now, but I am starting to wonder if there is more of an IQ Stafford issue.

    This is yet another OC in there after Lombardi, who sort of sucks, too, but why is their playbook so think compared to other elite QBs, to the point of such predictability?

  9. “Patsies realized they want Patricia back so they offered him a huge raise and told him to get fired ASAP.

    Like Blount and McDouche’

    If it wasn’t for Trumps mindless ravings this would be the most stupid thing I’d likely read all day

    SMH

  10. 19dead2 says:
    September 13, 2018 at 2:35 pm
    He won’t be the coach next year. Warning signs were there all last year regarding the Pat’s D. Why the Lions hired him is a question many ask themselves.

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    There were no warning signs at all:

    1. 2016 = #1 ranked D, healthy, SB win, the 2nd in 3 years. I think they were ranked 4th in 2014.

    2. 2017 – Decimated by injury and some key losses, but they allowed the least amount of points from Week 5- Week 17, allowing an average of 11.8 pts per game.

    The Lions are rebuilding with a new GM and now Coach and staff, which can take 3 years to accomplish.

    I wouldn’t even taken the job if the FOrd’s don’t get this.

    The Fords and McCaskeys are absolutely horrible owners in that division. They just don’t get it.

    These knee jerk attitudes is exactly why they blow. Give it 3 years and watch for incremental improvement.

  11. His hire was all on Bob Quinn and with Quinn being an ex executive with the Pats he should know better than anyone that any coach under Belicheck that goes out on their own as a head coach fails miserably. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out Bill is the key to success in that organization not the coaches.

  12. harrisonhits2 says:
    September 13, 2018 at 2:40 pm
    Its one game and 15 more to do.

    I’ve lost track of how many times I see people overreact after the first game and either act like their team is guaranteed to win the Super Bowl or a given team they hate is “finished”.

    The season is a marathon not a one game sprint. Lions and every other team that sucked the first game have quite a few more chances to turn things around.

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    Exactly. The Lions will probably end up better than the Jets. Week 1s are notorious crapshoots because a crap team is so desperate to get confidence, they’ll gameplan all offseason and throw everything into it, and then get exposed week to week, thereafter.

  13. I personally don’t think defensive cordinators make great HC (except Bill B). In todays NFL you need to snag a Offensive coordinator to be a HC and hire a up and comming DC. On a side note, Bill coaching tree isnt very good….

  14. Jim Caldwell overachieved with the talent on the Lions, but even I’m not sure he could get 9 wins with this team. The Lions are a 5-win team at best.

  15. Take the back to back 9-7 Seasons and throw them out.

    They are done and gone.

    The Lions have never been to a Superbowl and have won like one or two playoff games since 1957.

    This should be all about a Culture Change and giving a Bright Coach from a great Tree a legit chance to succeed.

    NFL Owners almost unilaterally pull the plug too soon on these guys. The Lions need to be patient here.

  16. arealisticpackerfan says:
    September 13, 2018 at 2:21 pm
    I wonder if the rest of the league will ever figure out that Bill Belichick is the Aaron Rodgers of coaching.

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    Aaron Rodgers is one of the top QBs in the league today. Belichick is one of the top 2-3 coaches of all-time. They’re not comparable. I get you’re a Packers fan based on your name, but come on.

    Also, yeah — pretty sure everyone in the league is keenly aware of Belichick’s standing as a coach. That’s like wondering whether NBA players in the 90s were aware of how good Michael Jordan was.

  17. arealisticpackerfan says:
    September 13, 2018 at 2:21 pm
    I wonder if the rest of the league will ever figure out that Bill Belichick is the Aaron Rodgers of coaching. He covers a lot of mistakes and gets/keeps people employed who otherwise wouldn’t be. Let’s look at the track record:

    Charlie Weiss: 41-49 (College)
    Romeo Crennel: 28-55
    Eric Mangini: 33-47
    Josh McDaniels: 11-17
    Bill O’Brien: 31-34
    Matt Patricia: 0-1

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    Other aspects:

    1. BB is the greatest GM and Coach ever.
    2. The Pats have Brady.

    This is why the BB “tree” (one of the dumbest things ever) is vastly superior in the college rank (saban, Pat Hill, Ferentz, etc).

    It really depends on the environment. When Patricia was hired I assumed the Fords would not meddle and just let Quinn/Patricia have 3 years to get it cooking.

    But, if his leash is this short, it’s the Lions being the Lions all over again, showing they don’t get it.

  18. weepingjebus says:
    September 13, 2018 at 2:17 pm
    Reminds me of my favorite 1980s detective show, “Matt Stafford, Coach Killer!”

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    Here is one example why I think it might be Stafford:

    1. Blount is subbed in.
    2. Jamal Adams, the Jets wildly overrated, one dimensional Strong Safety who can’t cover, shows blitz on the weakside.
    3. Stafford then hands off to Blount, predictably so.

    Why not check into a swing pass to the back there, have Blount chip Adams, and then take the swing pass to the weakside, where Blount would be wide open?

    Why didn’t he do this? The Jets simply keyed in on Blount being subbed in to run.

    How do these coordinators and coaches stay employed?

    I agree this is Patricia’s thing now, but I also don’t think Stafford should be this bad with audibles and running the offense with the same OC and personnel he’s had for a while now.

  19. They just want Caldwell type relaxed atmosphere. Players are soft. What he needs to do is basically what Chip Kelly tried to do and get rid of the players that were counterproductive to his plan. Bill B did that as well. He had a losing season his first year with the Pats, but they were smart enough to stick with him. Cleveland should have stuck with him there, it was just taking longer to get it done because they team was garbage. The Lion players come from a unchecked team for the 10 years or more so fixing it will be a process.

  20. swede700 says:
    September 13, 2018 at 2:51 pm
    Jim Caldwell overachieved with the talent on the Lions, but even I’m not sure he could get 9 wins with this team. The Lions are a 5-win team at best.

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    Please. The packers D was awful and THompson was fired and the Bears have been awful.

    An easy division at 9-7 with pretty good talent is not “overachieving”.

    Caldwell had the deer in the headlights look every SUnday.

    It could be the personnel Mayhew brough in there are losers. Glocer Quin, Ansah, etc, all somewhat mediocre players for what they’re paid.

  21. Meanwhile, New England’s defense looks pretty good. Whatever his official title, the players appear to have responded to Brian Flores.

  22. dsigrey says:
    September 13, 2018 at 2:57 pm
    They just want Caldwell type relaxed atmosphere. Players are soft. What he needs to do is basically what Chip Kelly tried to do and get rid of the players that were counterproductive to his plan. Bill B did that as well. He had a losing season his first year with the Pats, but they were smart enough to stick with him. Cleveland should have stuck with him there, it was just taking longer to get it done because they team was garbage. The Lion players come from a unchecked team for the 10 years or more so fixing it will be a process.

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    I agree. This is what I mean about giving Quinn/Patricia control. The fact they think they are a contender now is diaturbing. This is the sort of delusion I would be wary of before accepting a GM or head coach job.

    The god awful owners must stay out of the way for 3 years.

    This year should be about seeing the losers and mediocre players rise to the top so Patrciaia and Quinn know they need to get rid of Mayhew’s god awful GM work.

    It doesn’t happen overnight and this is like the Jets’ or other crap teams’ delusioans.

    It’s about quality players, continuity, caoachability cap health and selflessness. If there are cancers in there right now dragging that thing down, just cut or trade them out.

  23. Sure they won’t. It’s going to get worse. Just think, that was the usually close game that 99% of teams have, even the bad ones, because it’s when you’re healthiest and the coaches have game planned for months for that game. The Lions and Bills got blown out in them. How do you possibly downgrade from Jim Caldwell? Yikes.

  24. schmitty2 says:
    September 13, 2018 at 2:46 pm
    His hire was all on Bob Quinn and with Quinn being an ex executive with the Pats he should know better than anyone that any coach under Belicheck that goes out on their own as a head coach fails miserably. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out Bill is the key to success in that organization not the coaches.

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    Partially correct. You know what the other key is? Kraft doesn’t meddle.

    He doesn’t say “win now” for greed and ego.

    That’s the epitome as to why 75% of the NFL is in a cap hell all the time or rebuilding, trying to mask the rebuild to their own fans.

    Why is it that I have this stuff nailed all the time and the owners who own the teams still don’t get this?

    If I am Patricia, I don’t even accept that job without getting the Ford family’s signature on a piece of paper saying he and Quinn are not be meddled with for 3 years.

    You can fire fire me after the 3rd year, but I need at least 2 to get my stamp on this, and the 3rd year is the year where you can see a real 10-6/11-5 type of thing.

    Florio is kinda dumb. If he believes that or if the Ford’s are promoting this “win now” garbage, it will fail.

  25. citizenstrange says:
    September 13, 2018 at 2:58 pm
    Well, at least Patricia didn’t waste a 1st round draft pick on Tim Tebow.

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    Talk to Elway. Also. the whole reason why they had 2 1st rd picks that year was BECAUSE McDaniels diagnosed Cutler and Marshall as failures and the Broncos fleeced the Bears ans Dolphins.

  26. mmmpierogi says:
    Aaron Rodgers is one of the top QBs in the league today. Belichick is one of the top 2-3 coaches of all-time. They’re not comparable. I get you’re a Packers fan based on your name, but come on.
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    For starters, “arealisticpackerfan” is a Vikings troll. Anyone with an IQ over 50 who’s been around PFT for 10 minutes knows it. Well, almost everyone it seems.
    Second, love him or hate him, if you don’t think Aaron Rodgers is an all-time great quarterback then either you’re a troll yourself, a typical Patsy fan, or you know jack squat about football.
    Don’t take my word for it: Check out what countless all-time great players, coaches and analysts have said about him and his place in the game. His spot in the Hall of Fame is secure already.

  27. “The Lions’ ownership and front office has indicated that they believe the pieces are in place”

    Well there’s your problem right there. Lion’s ownership is delusional.

  28. He’s trying to coach them the “Patriot Way”, but after having Caldwell as HC, they aren’t buying in. It’s a well known fact that no ex-Patriot coach does well after leaving the team. Patricia will be on the hot seat in the near future.

  29. harrisonhits2 says:
    September 13, 2018 at 2:41 pm
    “Patsies realized they want Patricia back so they offered him a huge raise and told him to get fired ASAP.

    Like Blount and McDouche’

    If it wasn’t for Trumps mindless ravings this would be the most stupid thing I’d likely read all day

    SMH

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    Not to be outdone by your idiotic comment, though.

  30. Back in 2001, didn’t this ownership once take a 9-7 team and hand it over to a novice GM and Head Coach which produced a 3-13 team and years of misery. These owners can pretty much accept anything …

  31. tylawspick6 says:
    September 13, 2018 at 2:52 pm

    2. The Pats have Brady.

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    Belichick won 11 games with Matt Cassel.

  32. The Lions haven’t been any good since Barry Sanders. And they weren’t that good then. Why do you think he retired early? Enough losing. Drop Stafford like a hot rock. And somebody get Matt a new shirt. His tent is not a good luck for a football coach.

  33. The haters can’t help but follow…

    Let’s not forget all that Jim Bob is the OFFENSIVE COORD. I don’t see any blame being laid there? They laid an egg… big time!

  34. Please show me one thread where I ‘trolled’ Packers. Hasn’t happened, the threads I comment on are ones the Vikings are tagged in. I leave Packer posts alone, thank you.

    It’d be too easy to go looking to troll. I prefer more subtle digs like you see in this thread.

  35. Is Dick LeBeau sitting on a couch somewhere? If he is, they ought to hire him right now to run the defense. He found a way to pressure the QB.

  36. The Lions looked like a 1 win team at best.

    NFL has to own it… Pats are great because BILL is great… and Kraft if SMART enough to leave him alone!

    Bill has built a machine where everyone looks good, including typically mediocre players… because of his system.

  37. It is a rebuilding project, are you blind? 90% of the front 7 from last year is GONE! This is a year where they step back a little enroute to compiling personnel for the new scheme, Wake up and take a deep breath Chicken Littles.

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