Over the first several months of his tenure as the head coach of the Detroit Lions, Matt Patricia has faced some lingering questions about where he’s fit for the position. Despite a solid start through the first weeks of the year, Lions haven’t been able to steer things back in the right direction. However, what should also draw some attention is his assessment of talent, as he recently made a puzzling remark regarding another quarterback.
Matt Patricia’s Lions career off to bumpy start
Two offseasons ago, the Lions made the move to bring in the former New England Patriots defensive coordinator to take over the helms as the head coach for the time of his coaching career.
However, it hasn’t entirely equated to much success on the field as the Lions are just 8-13-1 in the first 22 regular-season games entering Sunday’s contest against the Chicago Bears. There hasn’t been any notable uptick from Detriot, but instead, it has seen them stick around what has become the norm over the years.
The Lions have been somewhat better this season, holding a 3-4-1 record through their first eight games, but they are two games behind the Green Bay Packers for the top spot in the NFC North division lead heading into Week 10 action. What has drawn some further questions about Patricia’s credibility as an NFL head coach has been his recent comments about another quarterback in the same division.
Matt Patricia’s puzzling comments about Mitchell Trubisky
In his first two-plus seasons in the league, Chicago Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky has continued to struggle to make any headway with his development at the position.
That has ramped up this season as his play has regressed to the point where there are some serious questions about his future with the Bears. However, Patricia voiced earlier this week that he believes that Trubisky is a decent quarterback, according to Dave Birkett of the Detriot Free Press.
“This guy, he’s a good player,” Lions coach Matt Patricia insisted Wednesday. “He’s athletic, he’s strong, he can get out of trouble, he can extend plays, he can scramble, he can run, he can throw. He’s got deep balls, he’s got great skill guys, so that’s the major issue that we have to deal with. He’s a great player, and we got to start there.”
There are plenty of ways to take these comments that may, at the end of the day, just be coach talk to prevent any bulletin board material. Trubisky does have the ability to make plays with his legs along with a strong arm, but he has struggled with practically everything else at this point in his brief NFL career.
Should the Lions be concerned about Matt Patricia?
It has been quite some time since the Lions have been able to string together consistent success on the field.
That has made reaching the playoffs a difficult task, with the team struggling to get over the hump. The Lions are still potentially in play for the playoffs, but they are now dealing with star quarterback Matthew Stafford dealing with fractured bones in his back that has kept him out of Week 10.
Stafford has shown throughout his career to be a gritty player with high-tolerance for pain threshold, but it’s yet another setback for the franchise, hoping to secure a playoff berth. There has simply been plenty of hurdles for the team to jump through, but the Lions look to be a spot where they could be a highly competitive team with realistic postseason hopes when Stafford is healthy.
Ultimately, these comments from Patricia are puzzling, but only time will tell if he’s capable of being a successful NFL head coach in Detroit.