Danny Amendola: Matt Patricia’s methods bring out best version of me

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Defensive end Trey Flowers offered support for Lions head coach Matt Patricia’s style in a conference call on Wednesday and another Lions player who knew Patricia in New England did the same thing during his own session with reporters.

Wide receiver Danny Amendola didn’t pick apart criticisms of Patricia made by players like Damon Harrison and Darius Slay earlier this year, but did explain why he believes the coach’s methods are the right ones for him.

“I want it to be as tough as possible in practice,” Amendola said, via John Niyo of the Detroit News. “So when I get to the games, it’s . . . I’ve been there before, and I understand what it feels like to be tired in a game because I was tired in practice and I understand what my body can go through and how I can push my body mentally and physically. That’s something that, personally, I really relate to. That’s something I look for.This is my sixth NFL team in 13 seasons and I’ve played for all different types of coaches, all different types of offenses, and methods. So what Coach Patricia has to offer is something that I eagerly look for, because I know that I’ll get the best version of me.”

Amendola had one of his most productive seasons with the Lions in 2019, which supports his belief that playing for Patricia results in good things for him on the field. That hasn’t happened across the board for the team in Patricia’s two seasons, but perhaps the message will resonate further with this year’s club.

10 responses to “Danny Amendola: Matt Patricia’s methods bring out best version of me

  1. The Kittens have had it too easy for so long. That has produced zero super bowls and 1 playoff win since 57. Give Patricia time. Last year they had so many injuries it was insane. They were going toe to toe with the best before Stafford went down.

  2. The majority of Americans are soft. Soft willed. Soft physically & mentally. They hate hard work. Be like Amendola.

  3. Well as long as the ex-pats players the Lions overpaid for have his back …

    To put things in perspective, Pat Shurmer was fired from the Giants with virtually the same 2 year record of 9 wins. The guy Patricia replaced was fired because he was only winning 9 games a year.

    What do you think it will take for Patricia to see year 4 of his deal? 5 wins? 6 wins? Right now even a Jeff Fisher 7-9 seems unlikely.

  4. A 3-12-1 finish for your first year with the terrible Patricia as your HC is bringing out the best in you? Oh right, it’s the 63 year failing Lions and you’re waaaaaaay beyond your prime.

  5. Anyone believing that the Lions only problem is Stafford being injured last season is probably the biggest and most pathetic excuse of the century. Between their turnstile offensive line, zero TE production and their non existent defense that key players left running and screaming from the Lions due to Patricia’s obvious locker room problems the Lions are five years away from competing with anyone in the league.

    Unfortunately, Stafford has a broken fragile back, he’s one hit away from retirement.

  6. Thats because Dola is old school… He is the opposite of, well, dare I say it?? Millennials.

  7. The Best Version of yourself is done by YOU. That cannot be done by an external force. You must commit to this on a daily basis.

  8. Historically bad defense last year. The teams flaws were much bigger than Stafford’s injurires.

  9. eagleswin says:
    May 21, 2020 at 7:47 am
    Well as long as the ex-pats players the Lions overpaid for have his back …

    To put things in perspective, Pat Shurmer was fired from the Giants with virtually the same 2 year record of 9 wins. The guy Patricia replaced was fired because he was only winning 9 games a year.

    What do you think it will take for Patricia to see year 4 of his deal? 5 wins? 6 wins? Right now even a Jeff Fisher 7-9 seems unlikely.

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    Let’s not use the Giants as a measure for what to do. Even the two years they won their last two SBs, they kind of sucked and then put it together at the last second. They have fired a string of coaches and still end up being bad.

  10. Soft physically & mentally. They hate hard work.
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    And they won’t stay off my lawn!

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