Matt Patricia believes Lions are better than record says they are

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Bill Parcells coined a saying that’s become a familiar part of the football lexicon when he said that “you are what your record says you are” during his coaching career.

The record says that the Lions aren’t a good football team this year. They fell to 3-9-1 by extending their losing streak to six games in a 20-7 loss to the Vikings on Sunday.

After the game, though, head coach Matt Patricia offered an alternative view to the one that Parcells espoused many years ago.

“The hard thing for us, what I appreciate about this team is we don’t look at our record and say, ‘This is what we are,'” Patricia said, via Chris Burke of TheAthletic.com. “I think we look at our record and say, ‘That’s not what we are,’ and we gotta do better and try to figure out how to get the record to match up with what we are. I think that’s where we’re struggling right now.”

It makes sense that Patricia would be trying to sell the notion of progress that hasn’t shown up on the scoreboard at this point and playing without Matthew Stafford has done them no favors, but the NFL is a results-oriented world and the Lions’ results under Patricia the last two years with Stafford have not been good enough to sell the idea that a breakthrough is right around the corner.

18 responses to “Matt Patricia believes Lions are better than record says they are

  1. This dude needs to be fired at the end of the season. The team has been getting progressively worse each year under him. For a defensive guru he has failed miserably with his defense becoming one of the worst in the league.

    The guy was more interested in putting the press in it’s place in year one than winning games.

    Let’s end the league’s infatuation with ex-Belichek assistants.

  2. Yea and you traded your best defensive player to Seattle so your credibility is not real high Matt and Bob…Its time to re boot in Motor City……

  3. There’s a saying about throwing good money at bad isn’t a good idea. It’s not a perfect analogy but it would be the reason I wouldn’t want to give this regime one more year. I’d go ahead and do the “Lions thing” and pull the plug two years into this attempted rebuild.

  4. Seriously…get a new D coordinator. That nepotism hire was about as bad an idea as any other that was formed when putting this staff together. If they get another year, that has to be the deal. However, their going to have another top 5 draft pick after wasting 8 on a tight end. I feel like you are setting the next regime back by letting them waste another pick.

  5. Matt Patricia = Rod Marinelli. Two D Coordinators that are/ were in way over their heads as HC’s. Bob Quinn appears to be clueless. The issue with the Ford family is, as its always been, failing to put the right people in the right places.

  6. What a bust of a head coach. It’s Belicheat not his coaching tree that wins games. When are NFL teams going to finally realize this? Time for another rebuild in Detroit.

  7. At the beginning of the season, before injuries, the Lions’ offense was entertaining and effective. However, the defense, Patricia’s specialty has steadily regressed. We’ve had to listen to a couple years now of Patricia and his apologists saying they have needed to change the Lions’ “culture”, yet the team (and apparently its culture) are worse off than when he took over. It’s becoming more and more clear that hiring this guy was a mistake.

  8. Yes fire Patricia, after two years without a healthy Stafford either year. I’m sure the Lions will hire a coach that turn it around…

  9. Its time to move on if only based on the lack of interest on this site from his dumb comment of “the record is not where we are”….ah Yes it is….

  10. I agree with the head coach on this. The Lions are at least 1 game better. I saw the Lions v packers game in GB where the refs stole a game from the Lions.

  11. I thought their defense did a good job on our running game and only allowed one big play. That’s a pretty solid effort. Their offense needs to catch up. Holding a contender to 20 pts Is pretty darned good but scoring 7 is not. By taking away big plays they kept the score down and forced the Vikings to grind it out. I think the lions are better than many people think. But they have a ways to go.

  12. Sure, fire him. Nothing keeps the Lions at the bottom of the NFC North better than the next coach up mentality. Hey. Here’s a thought for you to marinate awhile. Try suffering through another season, or three, with what you have and give the coach a chance to grow his program. I’d love to see the Lions relevant in the NFC. I’m sick of the Viking-Packer-Bear discussion all of the time. Time to work on changing the narrative.

  13. This team is close without all the injuries to key players however, if Patricia insists on playing the 2 and 3 down linemen and rarely blitzing, QB’s will continue to have a field day at the backfields expense. No one can watch a WR for over 10 seconds without losing him. Trubisky is a horrible QB and other teams have proven this yet we run a 2 and 3 down linemen at him and he picks us apart. His best three games are all against the lions last three games against Chicago. Get aggressive on defense and our record would be totally different

  14. supply4175 says:
    December 10, 2019 at 10:09 am

    Trubisky is a horrible QB and other teams have proven this yet we run a 2 and 3 down linemen at him and he picks us apart. His best three games are all against the lions last three games against Chicago. Get aggressive on defense and our record would be totally different

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    I do not like Trubisky, he is not a good QB, but his game against Dallas on Thursday was his best game yet, so you’re wrong. He does own the Lions though, so you’re half way right.

    What does Trubisky have to do with this article, man people are way to obsessed with throwing that kid under the bus.

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