Matt Patricia not making a big deal over who starts at running back

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The Lions took running back D'Andre Swift at the top of the second round of this year’s draft in a move that led to questions about whether he or Kerryon Johnson will be the starting back in Detroit.

Head coach Matt Patricia isn’t making aa big deal about it, though. During an appearance on The Rich Eisen Show, Patricia indicated that he has plans for both backs that should render irrelevant the question of which one is on the field for the first play of the game.

“For me, we’re going to try to play whoever is going to help us in that particular play, that particular game, whatever it might be,” Patricia said, via the Detroit Free Press. “If you’re out there for the very first play, or you get out there on the second play, I don’t really understand what the difference is in a starter in that case. But, certainly, we’re excited to be able to acquire Swift and get him on our team and seeing what he can do. Sometimes you put two or three running backs out there. We will see what happens.”

Johnson averaged 5.4 yards per carry as a rookie in 2018, but missed six games due to injury. He missed eight games last year and saw his average run drop to 3.6 yards for a performance that might have helped open the door for Swift’s arrival in Detroit.

12 responses to “Matt Patricia not making a big deal over who starts at running back

  1. Finally a nice stable of RB choices and an offensive line that “might” be able to be road graders and open up some holes. Could be very exciting to watch.

  2. Patricia has the ugliest beard I’ve ever seen. Oh, and if he’s not starting Swift, he’s insane. Best RB in the draft, dude’s a monster with turbine engines attached.

  3. Patricia says all the right things but they never win. Remember when they hired him? Caldwell looked to have been underperforming after two straight 9-7 seasons and you KNOW they figured Patricia would have them in the playoffs with 10+ wins in no time. Instead, 2 years later he is 9-22-1 coming off a 3-win season. And, crazily at this point, still talking like he has a plan.

  4. I am not a fan of Matt Patricia. I think his whole schtick is trying to Be Like Bill and hope it works “like it has for so many other BB disciplines.” (Not one). But he is right in this case. The RB position has come down to talent and situation, or who has the talent in this situation. Then it is the right balance of carriers. With most (or more and more) teams going RBC, who “starts” is immaterial.

  5. Diggs, Slay and Snacks left Detroit sprinting to another team.

    Patricia will be fired before years end. The guy is clueless and has no idea how handle his personnel on or off the field.

  6. He’s right, it doesn’t matter who starts as they will be sharing snaps. You will see them run right at Chicago in game 1 just like the Raiders did last year. Mack will disappear like he always does and the Lions will start 1-0.

  7. Just ask Dalvin Cook about running straight at the Bears defense. Hicks, Goldman, Mack and now Quinn. Danny Trevathan and Roquan Smith will break in you little rookie real nice in week one.

    You don’t even think before you post.

    Get ready for sweep number three coming at kiddo!

  8. “just like the Raiders did last year. Mack will disappear like he always does….”

    The only reason the Raiders won that London game is because Hicks was injured in the first half and Gruden used that to win by three measly points.

    Mack doesn’t disappear when he plays your other team (the Lions.) See Stafford’s broken back and ask Decker how it feels to be one handed pancaked by Mack, lmao.

  9. 2ndstringqbshredsPatriots(Patricia) says:
    May 21, 2020 at 11:18 am

    Patricia will be fired before years end. The guy is clueless and has no idea how handle his personnel on or off the field.

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    Do you really see a guy who spent 15 years with the Pats (Quinn) firing a 3rd year coach from the same system that soon? Assuming things don’t improve, willing to be Patricia gets a way longer leash than he would’ve if he’d come from another organization.

  10. The Bears defense is going chew up the Lions running game so fast. Stafford will be forced to carry the team as usual, but won’t have anytime form Quinn and Mack getting in the backfield so easily. This joetoronto says some of the stupidest cr@p I’ve ever heard. The Bears are 8-0 against the Lions and Vikings….I doubt the Lions beat the Bears this season, but they might get lucky.

  11. mmmpierogi says:
    May 21, 2020 at 1:53 pm

    2ndstringqbshredsPatriots(Patricia) says:
    May 21, 2020 at 11:18 am

    Patricia will be fired before years end. The guy is clueless and has no idea how handle his personnel on or off the field.

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    Do you really see a guy who spent 15 years with the Pats (Quinn) firing a 3rd year coach from the same system that soon? Assuming things don’t improve, willing to be Patricia gets a way longer leash than he would’ve if he’d come from another organization.

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    Patricia is not a HC, stop defending him joe.

    Do you really think your name change isn’t recognized. You obese and defend teams with 3-7 wins like they’re doing something right, it’s hysterical!

  12. “before he got injured and snapped his 136 consecutive game streak he was in the top 5 in virtually every QB stat.”

    136 consecutive games and Stafford has an 68-78-1 overall record with a 0-3 playoff record. That’s pretty horrible man.

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