Ricky Jean Francois: If you want to change the culture, change the people

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The Lions fell to 5-10 on Sunday when the Vikings scored 27 straight points after Detroit got out to a 9-0 lead in the first half of the game.

It was the sixth double-digit loss of head coach Matt Patricia’s first season with the Lions and it seems inevitable that there will be a lot of roster moves this offseason as Patricia and General Manager Bob Quinn try to put together a better team. However that plays out, defensive lineman Ricky Jean Francois says the players on hand need to fully buy into what’s going on.

“I think I heard Gandhi say this in a book I read: ‘The only way you can change a culture is you’ve got to change the people within in,’” Jean Francois said, via the Detroit Free Press. “You want to change the culture, change the people. I’m not finger-pointing on who needs to change or who needs to go somewhere. But if you want a different regime, you want a different buy-in or something like that, the only way you get a different culture is you change the people that sit in it.”

There’s always talk of culture change when new coaches get hired and there’s been a lot of that in Detroit this year. Right now, it’s very much a work in progress and will remain so until the team shows it can win consistently under the current leadership.

13 responses to “Ricky Jean Francois: If you want to change the culture, change the people

  1. The quote he’s referencing is probably “Be the change you wish to see in the world.” His point still stands. Guys have to buy into a winning culture, and it comes at price with your individual motivations at times. And when there are guys who aren’t 100% on board, they become huge distractions and need to go.

  2. qckappa says:

    December 24, 2018 at 9:54 am

    How is ownership the problem?
    Since the 60’s when the Fords bought the team, they’ve had 17 head coaches, multiple QB’s, GM’s, Presidents, etc. They’ve had one, ONE, playoff win and no superbowl apperances. There has been only one owner. The Ford family. Do you see the one common factor now? Fan since the 60’s.

  3. News flash. We had the right man for the job in Jim Caldwell.

    They fired him…now The lions suck. Again.

    Wash, rinse repeat…

    The end.

  4. Matt Patricia is not the problem. I actually like what the Lions are doing defensively. It is very unfortunate that Kerryon Johnson and a slew of others got injured. If they can get healthy and add a few people this off-season either through the draft or free agency they could make some noise next season. This is coming from a Viking fan!!!

  5. luchey, I liked Caldwell a lot, but a previous poster on a past article put it best – he was a great “HR Manager”, but not the best Head Coach. He’ll get you to or just above .500, but not much else. Unfortunately that does not lead to real success in pro sports.

    That said, I feel pretty strongly that Patricia is not the right man either. His body language is bad, his behavior has been unprofessional at times, and play calling has been atrocious. I also think that the players do not relate to his rocket scientist personality.

    I almost hope that Matty runs back to his daddy just like McDaniels did.

  6. I have really only paid attention to the Lions when they played my team, but from what I observed, the defense is good, they have a #1 WR and #1RB, and Stafford is an above-average NFL QB. If that team gets another edge rusher, another WR and a new O-line coach, I bet they win again despite Patricia (not impressed with him so far). Merry X-mas to all Lions fans — sorry you got Rudolphed.

  7. The culture in Detroit is losing. I don’t think anyone there can change that culture in the foreseeable future.

  8. It takes time to change the culture. File under “things losing coaches say to buy themselves more time.” Seems like the previous two years they had a winning record, now not so much. At least Oakland with their new coaching change has a lot of draft choices to whiff on, but the Lions are not locked into a dumb 10 year contract, so there is that. Lived in Michigan for 9 years, good folks. Lions fans are some of the most dedicated fans in the world (I am not one). It is sad them see them whiff on yet another coach. Should of kept the previous one. The Bears seem to have gotten if right with the new hire. (Dog snab it.)

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