Trey Flowers: Matt Patricia “just a great guy to work for”

AP

Matt Patricia’s style as a head coach was a topic of conversation before his first season on the job got underway when he was criticized by a local columnist for making players run at practice.

Lions players didn’t share the belief that was a problem, but Patricia’s approach to the job continued to be a talking point as the Lions went 6-10 during the 2018 season and was cited as a negative factor by an agent in a survey about best and worst free agent destinations by Robert Klemko of SI.com.

Defensive end Trey Flowers didn’t share that opinion. Flowers said teams “can’t be comfortable” if they are going to succeed and cited his experience with Patricia with helping push him to the Lions in free agency.

“He taught me a lot of things, developed me,” Flowers said, via MLive.com. “I developed through his system of doing things. So he’s just a great guy to work for. Obviously he demands a high standard of excellence from his players, and when you get someone who can challenge you like that, day in and day out, you’re going to just continue to get better. Those are the types of guys you want to play for, because you know they’re expecting high [things] of you.”

The Lions brought in another former Patriot in Danny Amendola and we’ll see if that familiarity brings a different tune in Patricia’s second season in Detroit.

14 responses to “Trey Flowers: Matt Patricia “just a great guy to work for”

  1. “criticized by a local columnist for making players run at practice.” boo hoo, made to run at practice. I remember when that was something they were criticizing him for. Still such a preposterous thing though.

  2. All the complaints about Patricia have been media driven for making his team run at practice, making his team practice in poor weather, and making a snide comment towards a reporter. The reporter one was in poor taste, but it seems like that one comment has made all the media band together against him and complain about him doing basic things every single coach should be doing. It’s stupid to criticize him so harshly after one year of him trying to establish a better culture.

  3. It’s amazing to me that the Detroit media people band together to beat up on Matt Patricia when the team has had decades of losing. You’d think that any change would be welcome.

    The criticism for having players run and play in harsh weather is mind-blowing. How many games did we see in the playoffs this year and other years where the defense was totally gassed and that might well have cost the game? Patriots players run the hill all season long, no matter how well they’ve been playing or how much they’re paid.

    Having players work hard and work together fosters brotherhood too, and that team spirit that makes winners out of players who might not be the most athletically gifted. Everybody is treated the same and everybody has to work hard and accept criticism. It’s when you don’t demand that that problems occur; see the Steelers for a graphic representation.

    If any Lions players still need to be convinced that hard work is the road to success, Danny Amendola and Trey Flowers can show them their rings and reinforce Patricia’s message.

  4. linollieum says:
    March 15, 2019 at 9:03 am
    All the complaints about Patricia have been media driven for making his team run at practice, making his team practice in poor weather, and making a snide comment towards a reporter. The reporter one was in poor taste, but it seems like that one comment has made all the media band together against him and complain about him doing basic things every single coach should be doing. It’s stupid to criticize him so harshly after one year of him trying to establish a better culture.

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    it’s also an extension of the anti-BB media garbage that happens in NE, which is why they were stupidly whining about the Lions record last year. It was going to take a year to clean up the awful mess he inherited with overpaid and underachieving players.

    Last year was a tryout/feeling out process. It would be for any coach. To expect him to be a first time coach and make the playoffs is ridiculous, especially without his stamp on it.

  5. I laugh at ex-Patriot personnel bringing in players the Patriots didn’t want any more. What makes the Patriots so good for so long is because they don’t pay these guys. They let other teams make that mistake.

    For those saying the Patricia criticism is all media driving, um no. The guy comes in acting like he is Belichick already but hasn’t won a thing. His D in New England was average at best and his coaching so far in Detroit has been laughable. You can come to work looking like a homeless person after you win, not before. There is a big difference on how the coach in New England carries himself then this clown.

  6. Remizak said: It’s amazing to me that the Detroit media people band together to beat up on Matt Patricia when the team has had decades of losing. You’d think that any change would be welcome.

    Remizak – Well said. It’s amazing. A lot of members in the fan base blame the Ford family for the lack of success but I think a mirror is needed here. Jim Caldwell referred to the Lions press room as the “dungeon of gloom”. The fans and media are so overwhelmingly negative in Detroit. Yes, I know the franchise has had almost no success, but I suggest the fans and media look no further than themselves when looking to determine the reason for the impenetrable gray cloud that looms over the city.

  7. lionsfan123 says:
    March 15, 2019 at 11:52 am

    The fans and media are so overwhelmingly negative in Detroit. Yes, I know the franchise has had almost no success, but I suggest the fans and media look no further than themselves when looking to determine the reason for the impenetrable gray cloud that looms over the city.

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    I do tend to agree with you, and try to keep optimistic – why else would I be such a character on here?!

    That said, we have been somewhat spoiled by the success of the Pistons (1 championship), Tigers (2 World Series appearances) and Red Wings (2 Stanley Cups) since 2000 that it does magnify the futility of the Lions a little more.

  8. I agree with Patricia bringing a change of culture to the team, but it’s probably not something he should have forced on them to such a degree right from the start. This wasn’t like coming into the organization in 2009 – this team has seen success in recent years with a better record from 2011-2017 than anyone in the division other than the Packers, along with 3 playoff appearances. The talent was still there and they just needed someone to help take it to the next level and not blow it all up. The way they regressed last season indicated he kind of blew it up. Maybe next season will prove me wrong, in fact I hope it DOES! If not, the local media might have it right……..

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