Matt Patricia’s says he’s “just pushing forward” when asked about future

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The Lions got tired of going 9-7 all the time under Jim Caldwell, who wasn’t terribly exciting in press conferences, and didn’t walk around with a pencil behind his ear.

But hiring a bright, young former Patriots assistant to go with their bright, young former Patriots personnel man as General Manager hasn’t worked out quite as they might have planned.

With yesterday’s loss to the Bears, the Lions have dropped to 3-8-1, and were officially eliminated from playoff contention before the Thanksgiving leftovers are gone.

Obviously, I think everyone was disappointed,” Patricia said, via Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press. “But I’ll say this: I think that team, our team, it’s one of the toughest teams I’ve probably ever been around. This team fights like probably no other team I’ve ever seen.

“We got to find a way to win. We got to find a way to kind of break through that thing that’s stopping us right now and smash that so we can get this thing going. But you want to talk about a tough team, you want to talk about a team that fights, you want to talk about a team that’s going to try to do everything they can to win, that’s what we got right now.”

They may want to, but they haven’t.

The Lions are a sparkling 9-18-1 under Patricia, after going 36-28 in four years under Jim Caldwell and thinking it was time for a change.

Asked if he had been given any assurances about his future, Patricia declined to say.

“I mean, again, for me, we’re just pushing forward every single step of the way,” Patricia said. “So, go back to work next week and try to do a good job at building on this week, and try to go win. Everything we can. We’ve got a big one coming up, Minnesota, obviously it’s a big game.”

For Patricia, they all are.

19 responses to “Matt Patricia’s says he’s “just pushing forward” when asked about future

  1. Sitting around gorging themselves all day has made people dumber than usual. Matt Patricia and Jason Garrett are two of the most intelligent and educated coaches in the league. However, the dull crowd cannot wait to fire both.

    Criticizing Patricia and Garrett is symptomatic of a greater societal problem. Too many people are worshipping ignorance and buffoonery, while exhibiting disdain for intelligence and education.

  2. They should just keep pushing forward. This is a team that clearly has potential they just have to learn to finish games. They literally have been one score away in every game. If I’m a Detroit fan I like what I see, the results will come.

  3. Jim Caldwell had in-their-prime Calvin Johnson, Matt Stafford, Ndamukong Suh, Golden Tate, etc. and went absolutely nowhere with them.

    Not saying clown-nose Matt Patricia is the answer, but please don’t make it sound like Caldwell was any better with the talent he had around him.

  4. cardinealsfan20 says:
    November 29, 2019 at 7:17 am
    Sitting around gorging themselves all day has made people dumber than usual. Matt Patricia and Jason Garrett are two of the most intelligent and educated coaches in the league. However, the dull crowd cannot wait to fire both.

    Criticizing Patricia and Garrett is symptomatic of a greater societal problem. Too many people are worshipping ignorance and buffoonery, while exhibiting disdain for intelligence and education.

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    No one is questioning there intelligence, education, background, etc. They are being measured against their peers in their ability to coach, scheme, and organize a team to win on game day.

    Patricia’s record is 9-18-1 and has the Lions essentially eliminated from the playoffs this year under his watch. Not all his doing, but he is paid to win. Detroit’s defense is a major concern and that is how forte. Not acceptable.

    Garrett has coached some clunkers with in game head scratching decisions. Dallas, at 6-6, they still have a chance to win the division and make the playoff.

  5. Even if Stafford played the Bears would have won that game.

  6. Just read an article elsewhere that had the fans booing the Osbournes Brothers for technical failures. Just plain dumb; the booing was for sound system people, and fans were indicating the same amount of displeasure for them as the Lions football team.

  7. Not surprising. The team did not use a competitive process for hiring the coach. What are the chances that the most qualified candidate happen to previously worked with the GM. This guy has been trading on that engineering degree for years and that pencil on the ear, but his education background has nothing to do with ability to coach. If anything I suspect that he has been moonlighting on the 737 max. Next time, actually interview some candidates.

  8. Sitting around gorging themselves all day has made people dumber than usual. Matt Patricia and Jason Garrett are two of the most intelligent and educated coaches in the league. However, the dull crowd cannot wait to fire both.

    Criticizing Patricia and Garrett is symptomatic of a greater societal problem. Too many people are worshipping ignorance and buffoonery, while exhibiting disdain for intelligence and education.
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    Translation: I’m smarter than everyone else.

  9. Sitting around gorging themselves all day has made people dumber than usual. Matt Patricia and Jason Garrett are two of the most intelligent and educated coaches in the league. However, the dull crowd cannot wait to fire both.

    Criticizing Patricia and Garrett is symptomatic of a greater societal problem. Too many people are worshipping ignorance and buffoonery, while exhibiting disdain for intelligence and education.

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    I’m confused as to why you have come to this conclusion? What matters in football, or any sport for that matter, is winning games. It’s all that matters. Good coaches find a way to win games. Bad coaches find a way to lose them. Patricia is losing them. His “brilliant” defensive schemes get picked apart every week.

    Now you may respond that it’s the players failing to execute. Undoubtedly that’s part of the problem, but again, a good coach gets the most out his players. A good coach knows his players strengths and weaknesses and plays to the former while minimizing the latter. I don’t see that out of Patricia. They play a lot of man to man and hardly ever blitz. The front four aren’t getting to the QB and the DBs can’t cover their guys for very long. We can all see this. Yet they refuse to blitz to help out the front four. That’s not brilliant. That’s dumb.

  10. I find the Lions to be an entertaining team. they are in every game, they play tough and they have some great players. I love Kenny Golladay, I wish kerryon Johnson could stay health, and there is something going on there that makes me think they are not as bad as their record. Matt Stafford was having a great year. The D needs work. I hope they don’t fire him, call me stupid, but I think they are doing the right things.

  11. Never heard of the Osbourne Brothers. Why on earth did the NFL think a Pop C & W band would be appreciated in the D? They weren’t booing the technicians.

  12. The Lions have had the lead in every game yet are 3-8-1. Patricia, a defensive “guru” has assembled a terrible D. If this defense were even middle of the pack, this team would’ve been in playoff contention.

  13. individualnumber2 says:
    November 29, 2019 at 2:32 pm
    Never heard of the Osbourne Brothers. Why on earth did the NFL think a Pop C & W band would be appreciated in the D? They weren’t booing the technicians.

    They were saying boo urns.

  14. I think Patricia gets a 3rd year. Last year it was the offense. We changed the offensive coordinator and it has been very successful. Our defense has talent that is better than their performance. If you cant get pressure with the front 4 than you need to blitz more. Also, disguise it better. Most teams don’t get consistent pressure with just their front 4.

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