It’s been 130 days since Matt Patricia officially took over as head coach of the Detroit Lions.
So, what has he learned about the job so far that he maybe didn’t know 130 days ago?
“Kind of everything,” Patricia said. “Everything is new, everything is different. You get divided in a couple different ways from what needs to be done from a team standpoint.”
The promotion from coordinator to head coach in the NFL is a big move. As a head coach, Patricia now has a hand in every facet of this team. That’s a big adjustment to make.
As the defensive coordinator in New England the last six seasons, Patricia earned a reputation as a savvy x’s and o’s defensive mind with a workhorse mentality to film prep and the ability to uniquely set up a game plan off that study.
“You’d love to be involved more with every minute of football, x’s and o’s that’s out there, but you just can’t,” he said of being a head coach. “The requirements are different.”
Patricia is implementing new schemes, all while trying to change the culture here in Detroit. He has his own style, and we’ve already seen it’s much different than his predecessors.
“He’s a guy that’s going to push you and try to bring the best out of you every day,” veteran cornerback Nevin Lawson said of Patricia.
“The intensity is very high. There’s no room to slack at all. If you slack, then I feel like you will be exposed. There’s a sense of urgency…