Lions in no hurry to reopen facilities

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Some NFL teams are beginning to reopen their facilities, but the Lions are taking a cautious approach.

Lions coach Matt Patricia said that even if the league and the local authorities give the team the go-ahead to open, it will be a slow process for the Lions do so.

“First and foremost we’re going to try to do everything possible to make sure we’re keeping everybody safe,” Patricia said on WJR, via the Detroit Free Press. “Our facility is just kind of going to stay in operation the way it is right now. . . . Some of the things we’ve been working on is the virtual meetings, and with the coaches not being able to go in from our standpoint and the phase that we’re in right now in the offseason program, we’re going to stand pat with what we’re doing for the next couple weeks and wait to kind of see what happens here.”

Patricia said he’s optimistic that players rehabbing injuries will be able to work with the team’s medical staff reasonably soon, but he doesn’t see himself calling all 90 players on the roster into a big team meeting for quite a while.

“But there’s just a lot of guidelines that go along with that as far as how many people in the hallway, how many people in a room, how far apart we have to be. And some of those guidelines and restrictions are real difficult for to operate within, as opposed to kind of the current setup we already have,” Patricia said. “For us to go into a building and not to be able to have a meeting where we’re all in the same room and basically do a Zoom call from our offices doesn’t really make sense from that standpoint.”

22 responses to “Lions in no hurry to reopen facilities

  1. Patricia also said that, when play resumes, they will continue to utilize their existing (but recently renamed) COVER-19 defense with DBs staying at least 6 feet away from WRs at all times.

  2. The Lions haven’t been in a hurry to do anything but lose in the past 60 years.

    Stafford has been there since 2009 and has zero playoff wins, but he ranks so high in stats and this is the year the Lions win the Superbowl with no offensive line and a terrible defense that got much worse.

  3. Are the Lions are ever in hurry to do anything but lose? Worst team in the division, worst team in the NFC, arguably the worst team in the league.

  4. Patricia: “Our facility is just kind of going to stay in operation the way it is right now. . . . ”

    Sounds like a guy that has no clue what he’s doing. I mean he has 9 wins across two seasons, maybe he can make it 12 wins in three seasons before he gets fired in December, if not sooner.

    I’m sure Patricia is upset that the guy that torched is defense in the SB is now in his division. He’s already 0-4 against Trubisky and Nagy, hahahahahahaha!

  5. Patricia: “Our facility is just kind of going to stay in operation the way it is right now. . . . ”

    Sounds like a guy that has no clue what he’s doing. I mean he has 9 wins across two seasons, maybe he can make it 12 wins in three seasons before he gets fired in December, if not sooner.

    I’m sure Patricia is upset that the guy that torched *his defense in the SB is now in his division. He’s already 0-4 against Trubisky and Nagy, hahahahahahaha!

  6. There is a drinking game that we Lions fans do for each Patricia press conference – we drink every time Patricia says “standpoint”.

  7. In for the useless Joe Toronto talk! Michigan’s governor will make it difficult for sports to be played in 2020.

  8. If Patricia is going along with this he is basically helping to drive the final nails into his own coffin!

  9. I’m concerned this augmented season is going to spur a moratorium on firing HC/GM. From that standpoint, from that aspect of it.

  10. You should be more concerned about the fact that you keep voting people that implement these restrictions on freedom and then you complain about it on top of it and then wonder why?

  11. What’s with all the comments about them falling behind because it’s not safe to reopen? No team can have coaches until everyone is back so fairly stupid to say it puts them at some kind of covid disadvantage. Newsflash people. No one is going to have an advantage. No timing or contact drills

    The bears will dominate the north cellar and if you take anything away from a season where stafford missed 8 games then look at the niners record in 2018. Willing to bet they don’t finish last .

  12. says the same person with 20 different profiles, calling out others for exactly what he does.

    Stafford has a broken back because of the Bears and he sucks. You’re an imbecile child, ask your mom for more hot pockets.

    Get ready for another sweep on your pathetic last place Lions. 63 years of failure that will continue until you can learn how to stop drafting Bust TEs in the first round LMAO

  13. Stafford has been playing the same way since he was drafted and so far he has three playoff appearances and lost all of them. Now he’s older and has back problems. Any realistic view is not trending up for Stafford on the Lions, I think it’s time to find a new QB, they desperately need to rebuild anyways with this current roster of washed out, has been players we got in FA.

  14. No bigger Patricia hater than me, but in this case it looks like he is just trying to look out for his guys.

    And yes, Michigan has some stricter restrictions in place but I don’t think that’s gonna stop training or pre-season

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