After two pretty awful looking games, the Lions were facing the New England Patriots. Exactly what the doctor did NOT order.
The Patriots were coming off of a loss to Jacksonville on the road and the word was that quarterback Tom Brady was irritated. And that’s never a good sign. Defensive end Ziggy Ansah was ruled out for the game. Cornerback Darius Slay‘s status was unsure going into the game due to an injury from last week.
The Patriots were also dealing with some injuries of their own. Safety Patrick Chung, CB Eric Rowe, and defensive lineman Trey Flowers were all out for the game. So, the Lions actually had a chance. Slim, but still a chance. It was amazing, actually, once the game got started to see what was taking place.
The much anticipated Matt Patricia era mostly officially begins tonight! The Lions have made their way out to Oakland to take on the Raiders in their first preseason matchup under new head coach Patricia. We all know that these are mostly scrimmages, but here are some things that I’ll be watching out for tonight.
Kerryon JohnsonJohnson was the 2nd round pick of the Lions in this past draft. He’s a running back out of Auburn, and man, have the reports been good on him coming out of camp. Anyone who’s watched a Lions broadcast in the past year or two knows that the Lions haven’t had a 100 yard rusher in a trillion years.
Could Kerryon be the one to break that? As of now, it looks pretty good. He’s been hardworking, playing different roles, such as pass catching, and pass protection. He’s also gotten tips from former Patriots running back LeGarrette Blount. Hoping we get to see some of that tonight.
It’s July now, and finally, the speculation can turn into reality. Will linebacker Jarad Davis be a bust? Will rookie running back Kerryon Johnson be the Detroit Lions first 100-yard rusher in about a jillion years? AND…the one that’s been on my mind for the longest: Do people feel that Matt Patricia can make a difference with this team?
No, I’m not doubting the hire at all. I guess what I’m thinking is this. Back in April (pre-draft), I was at an event, and as tends to happen when I meet people, the topic of conversation turned to football.
We started talking Lions, and he asked me if I felt that the Lions are really going to be THAT much improved with this hire. I, of course, said yes, and he looked at me a little funny.
Late Wednesday night, an article was released on the Detroit News website regarding a sexual assault that indicated involvement by Lions Head Coach Matt Patricia.
The alleged assault took place in the spring of 1996, when Patricia and his friend, Greg Dietrich, “violently sexually assaulted” a victim on a spring break trip in Texas. Both men were arrested, charged and indicted, but never got to go to trial. According to the article, “the victim felt that she couldn’t face the pressures and stress of a trial” and the trial was dismissed.
Most Lions fans have chalked this up to clickbait, and a bunch of nothing. Which surprised me a little, but that’s fine. However, I think something to keep in mind is that if there was a “good” time for this to surface, the offseason is just that. It’s the offseason. This shouldn’t be a distraction later on down the road when the Lions are making a playoff push (I’m wishfully thinking here!).
I’ll be the first to admit. When I saw that defensive end Harold Landry was going to be on the board for the Lions at the 20th pick, I was getting excited. THISwas going to be the year the Lions FINALLY got it right, and are going to draft a much-needed player.
The pick was in, and it was centerFrank Ragnow from Arkansas.
OK, not initially what was expected. (This is why I don’t do mock drafts, it’s all too crazy.) Though I did feel that offensive line was going to be addressed, I just didn’t think that they would address it so early.
After about a month or so of speculation, the Detroit Lions franchised their defensive end, Ezekiel Ansah. Ansah, out of BYU, was the Lions’ first pick in the 2013 draft. He’s shown that he can be an impact player on this defense.
In 2014 he was the Week 6 NFC Defensive Player of the Week. He was voted All-Pro in 2015 and made the Pro Bowl in 2015. He had 14.5 sacks and 39 tackles that season.
However, in 2016 and 2017 Ansah was hampered by injuries, leaving questions about if it was time to move on from Ansah. In what was considered to be one of GM Bob Quinn and new head coach Matt Patricia‘s first major personnel decision, they showed that they still feel that Ansah has the ability to make big plays. He is currently ranked 5th all-time in Lions history with 44 sacks.
After a disappointing season, the Lions fired their head coach Jim Caldwell, and have replaced him with Matt Patricia, former defensive coordinator for the New England Patriots. That was the first of many moves that need to be made this off-season. After ending his season a few weeks ago, Patricia and his newly assembled staff have work to do.
First up on their “To Do List” is free agency. They’ve got to make decisions on defensive end Ezekiel Ansah, defensive tackle Haloti Ngata, and center Travis Swansonto name a few. I’m having a hard time trying to figure out how I would manage this, but if it were up to me, I’d let Ansah and Swanson go and rebuild in the draft for their positions. Ngata is a beast who I think the Lions could still use on the line this next season, so maybe just sign him to a shorter deal.
What Detroit Lions fans have known pretty much since week 15 (some figured this out even earlier), is that former New England defensive coordinator Matt Patricia was going to be the next head coach. After a failure to make the playoffs this past season, Jim Caldwell‘s time was up. It was officially announced this past Monday, and there was great rejoicing among One Pride Nation.
After years of mediocre success and playoff losses, the Lions are finally starting to put something together it seems. Bob Quinn was brought in to take this team to the next level and he feels that Matt Patricia is the one to do it.
He was officially introduced today at a press conference. He came looking more polished then he normally does on the Patriots sideline.