Matt Patricia: This is a process

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The Lions didn’t lose a game in the first three weeks of the season, but they’ve more than made up for it since then.

They’ve lost seven of their last eight games and take a four-game losing streak into Thursday’s game against the Bears. That means Matt Patricia’s record since arriving is 9-17-1, which is far worse than the 18-14 mark that Jim Caldwell posted in his final two seasons with Detroit.

On Monday, Patricia worked to make the case that the team is going through bad times now in order to set the stage for a brighter future. Patricia said “we’re looking at other things as far as the development of some of the younger players” as the year winds down and plans for those players to be part of the organization’s foundation moving forward.

“I would say, for me and this team, we’re fighting every single week to try to go out and do our best and make sure we’re putting ourselves in a position where we can have that opportunity to win,” Patricia said, via the Detroit Free Press. “I also know that this is a process. I know there’s a lot in play here that we’re going through, and we’re trying to build, and we’re trying to do the best we can to improve and get better.”

Trusting the process is easier with signs of progress, but the Lions haven’t offered many over the last two months and more of the same to close out the year will make it a much tougher sell for Patricia and General Manager Bob Quinn.

37 responses to “Matt Patricia: This is a process

  1. Sorry Detroit. Cleveland has seen this process before with two different Belichick disciples in Crennel and Mangini. They cannot use the existing talent that cannot be rapidly replaced, make very bad personnel decisions, or need to start a “rebuild” after losing their way. Then “the process” excuse is used.

    The GM needs to hit more in draft with those precious picks they covet or good players already on the team.

    Grant it, QB was Cleveland’s perpetual problem, but these Belichick guys are coordinators at best. You have Matt Stafford. Time to find a new GM and Head Coach who gets that Stafford needs a running game too and that running backs are not a dime a dozen. Maybe Caldwell wasn’t so bad and just needed a GM to give him a few more pieces.

  2. At least he isn’t acting like a spoiled brat in interviews anymore, so that’s a sign of him becoming an adult.

    The way he treated reporters last year was embarrassing for a grown man.

    That said, name one area on the field where they haven’t regressed on the field over the last 2 years. He should be gone after this year and owners need to stop this infatuation with Belichek assistants.

    Worst .. coaching tree .. ever.

  3. I see the problem – no room for a pencil to go behind his ear, maybe Bose could make a clip.

  4. Ohhhhhhh. Now I get it. So the plan all along was to make the team progressively worse and magically get better next season. Or the season after that. Or the season after that. Or the season after that. If they’d just come out and said that to begin with, maybe we’d be going easier on Quinn and Patricia.

    Sounds like the last 60 years of Lions history.

    Here’s a free lesson in life Bob and Matt: in order for us to “trust the process,” you have to earn our trust first. Pretty sure you’ve done the exact opposite.

  5. It’s not just the losses, it’s the types of losses and his bridge burning attitude with his players. Just look at how unprepared the team was time in and time out in ugly losses last year, like the home MNF opener against the Jets. His defenses have consistently made poor QBs look viable (see Darnold or Trubisky’s 100+ QB rating two weeks ago) or the number of 500+ years games this genius’ defense has given up.

    And his abrasive style has rubbed much of the team the wrong way, especially the once decent secondary. Grover Quin, a recently good Safety, groused and retired. They gave away Diggs, a pro bowl alternate from a year ago and team captain, for virtually nothing and with no backup plan. Slay’s unhappy from the lack of planning and losing. And at the bottom of the league on QB pressure with his 3 man rushes. A tough attitude works, only if ur winning.

    The only bright spot was his selecting Bevell as OC, but the online still stinks and the run game continues to be historically bad.

    But Patricia and Quinn will fire the DC and Special Teams as a scape goats for this year to buy themselves time. As bros they will stick up for each other until they are forced out.

    Sigh, to be a Lions fan…

  6. There is a great dichotomy [ two edged sword] that hangs over the Head Coach at Detroit. The “process moving forward “…is not winning games.You live or die by your win / loss record.The same is true for the upcoming Bear game[ their HC and QB] …It is very difficult to stay employed as the losses keep mounting up.

  7. I just hope there’s some kind of endgame here with the idea of ‘Patricia’s players’ because otherwise that trading away of Diggs is unacceptable. That is the moment this team started nose-diving

  8. The problem with all these Belicheck disciples is they have the same hard nosed attitude with the media and players. This only works if you are winning. As soon as things go sour they will call for your head. On a side note, the Patriots defense got significantly better after Patricia left.

  9. I guess they didn’t hire enough guys from New England….Oh wait a minute.. has that ever worked??? NO

  10. Glad he’s gone from Pat’s. Since he’s left, our D has finally gotten a lot better. Bend don’t break….don’t work.

  11. Just lose out for the rest of the year. Please. Then get a high draft pick and waste it on a position player who will be out of the league in 4 years.

  12. rogerdodger99 says:
    November 26, 2019 at 7:49 am
    The Lions have been an ongoing process since their last playoff win in 1957. Enough.

    Last playoff win was 1991 against Dallas.

  13. I’m convinced the Lions will be this way until the Ford’s sell the team (which will probably never happen, sorry Lions fans). There is no other way to explain the fact that this team has been mediocre at best for 60+ years. Caldwell should never have been fired. What he did in Detroit was next to miraculous.

  14. rogerdodger99 says:
    November 26, 2019 at 7:49 am

    The Lions have been an ongoing process since their last playoff win in 1957. Enough.

    If you’re going to rip on the team at least get your facts right, their last playoff win was 1991 the year they went to the NFC championship game and got blown out by Washington.

  15. Hiring Bevell is the only smart thing that Patricia has done. Bevell has done a great job without a RB.

  16. Being a position that’s way over your head is a process. Typically three years for the coaches in Detroit.

    Patricia will be fired within 15 months.

  17. If ownership keeps this guy then it’s a clear indication they don’t know what qualities a good HC brings to a team. Also, Bob is a knob.

  18. The Lions problems are deeply rooted within their lack of talent and coaching. Their defense is composed of washed up talent that Quinn and Patricia brought in to just collect a paycheck. The offense has a couple decent WRs, but the rest of the offense is terrible. Absolutely no running game and a QB that never shows up during the big games and now he has a broken back. Detroit is a raging dumpster fire and has been for decades.

  19. I thought this guy was going to break the mold of Belichick coaching tree failures, and was willing to give him the benefit of the doubt, but it sure seems like an increasingly poorly run “process” from here.

  20. Quinn deserves the vast majority of the blame… This roster is not competitive and almost none of his draft picks are players that anyone will want to sign to in the off season. Golladay may be his best pick, but far too many misses. Insert Teez Tabor comment here. The Fords have had 5 GM’s since the 60’s and they have all been terrible and so has the team. Fire Quinn but I have so little faith in the Ford’s replacing him with anyone better that it probably won’t matter.

  21. MortimerInMiami says:
    November 26, 2019 at 9:40 am

    rogerdodger99 says:
    November 26, 2019 at 7:49 am
    The Lions have been an ongoing process since their last playoff win in 1957. Enough.

    Last playoff win was 1991 against Dallas.


    Which was 28 years ago, was Stafford even alive?


    One playoff win in 1957, that’s worse than the Browns. The Lions are an abomination and embarrassment to the NFL!

  22. Isn’t it Patricia’s second season in Detroit? They fire him after this season and good luck finding a good coach take the job.

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