In Case You Couldn't Tell During the Jets' 31-Point 3rd Quarter, The Lions Players Aren't Exactly In Full Support Of Head Coach Matt Patricia
LBS- Mike Garafolo of NFL Network reported on Sunday that some of Patricia’s methods were not well-received in his first offseason with the Detroit Lions. Like Belichick, Patricia went hard on players in training camp, which many of them were apparently not accustomed to.
“Matt Patricia went really hard on these guys in camp. There was a lot of contact there. There’s a lot of harsh criticism, from what I’m told,” Garafolo said. “There’s not a lot of, ‘Hey, good job!’ There’s a lot of, ‘Hey, bad job, bleep, bleep, bleep.'”
Garafolo also said Patricia has implemented a lot of new rules for the team, including one that states you can’t take any photos from inside the locker room and post them on social media.
“Matt Patricia is trying to establish some kind of culture there, and the veterans are not very happy,” he said.
Huh, who knew?!? Adopting the hard ass approach from quite possibly the best coach in the history of the sport doesn't quite fly when the players you're trying to get on board attribute all of your personal success to working alongside said coach. What a shocker!
I thought it was toootally a coincidence that almost every person that branched out on the Bill Belichick coaching tree went too far too fast before quickly snapping their tenure as an NFL head coach off at the trunk. Guess I have no choice but to assume there's something to it now that a team that accomplished nothing more than mediocrity before his arrival couldn't even make it to Week 1 before growing tired of giving their new head coach the benefit of the doubt.
To be clear, I'm nearly certain that the Detroit Lions, of all teams, aren't the one that knows how to get the best out of themselves, but - like most - they are one in which you first have to build trust to not be seen as a blowhard. If you recall what the response was from Patriots' players when Eagles O-lineman Lane Johnson implied it wasn't "fun" playing in New England, it was something along the lines of "winning is fun". Unfortunately, that's only a card that a coach can play when he, himself, has orchestrated a hell of a lot of winning.
Now, I have absolutely no idea what Matt Patricia was preaching behind closed doors throughout training camp, but if last night was any indication then it didn't take too long for it to fall directly on deaf ears. That's an insanely bad sign for someone who looked as overwhelmed as his players were underwhelming in getting trounced in every phase of the game. Therefore, he might wanted to loosen up on the poor man's Bill Belichick act and switch up a thing or two before he's the next in a long line of coordinators who didn't understand what awaited them when they flew the most non-nonsense of nests and actually had to establish a culture, as opposed to reinforcing one.