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It May Be Two Games, But It’s Time for the Lions to Move On From Matt Patricia

It’s two weeks into the 2020 NFL season, and while there’s a lot of things in the league that look different, one thing looks the same – a winless Detroit Lions team.

The Lions have lost 11 straight dating back to last season, and in the first two weeks of the season they have blown games in the worst of ways.

They’ve had big leads, only to give them up. If you bet the Lions, you likely were throwing things at the television in the second half of each game.

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Week one the Lions looked like a poised and prepared group, building a 17-point lead in the fourth quarter in Chicago against the Bears.

What happened? They allowed Mitchell Trubisky and the Bears to rally for a win, and then when they had a chance in the last minute to go for the win, they dropped the ball.

Yesterday in Green Bay, they had a 14-3 and seemed completely in control against the Green Bay Packers.

They lost by 21.

When the Lions hired Matt Patricia a few years back, part of his game was to be able to hold leads like the ones they had yesterday and last week, and how many times over his tenure has he failed?

Too many.

Patricia with the Patriots was a great defensive mind and a guy who pushed all the right buttons under Bill Belichick.

All he’s done with the Lions is fail, and the team can no longer sit back and watch.

It’s time for Lions fans to hear from principal owner Sheila Ford Hamp, and for her to pull the plug on the Patricia era.

It will hurt, and already 2020 is looking like YET another lost season for the Lions and their fans, but right now things cannot continue the way they are going.

It’s probably better that fans are not allowed into Ford Field, as many would probably rather at this point stay away anyway.

But the team needs a fresh start with a fresh voice, not one that has failed over the last few seasons over and over.

How bad have the Lions been since opening day 2018? The Cleveland Browns, the laughingstock of the NFL pretty much every year, have five more wins since then than the Lions do.

That’s not good.

It’s time for Detroit to do what they can to try and salvage 2020 and look to the future, and that has to happen with a new voice – not Patricia.

Bears vs Lions NFL Week One Wednesday Injury Report

CHICAGO BEARS

 

Practice Report

 

DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN PRACTICE

 

Wednesday

DE Robert Quinn (ankle)

 

 

LIMITED PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE

 

Wednesday

LB Khalil Mack (knee), RB David Montgomery (groin), WR Cordarrelle Patterson (knee), T Jason Spriggs (knee), WR Javon Wims (achilles)

 

 

FULL PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE

 

Wednesday

T Germain Ifedi (triceps)

 

DETROIT LIONS

 

Practice Report

 

DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN PRACTICE

 

Wednesday

TE Hunter Bryant (hamstring), S C.J. Moore (hamstring)

 

 

LIMITED PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE

 

Wednesday

WR Danny Amendola (hamstring), WR Kenny Golladay (hamstring), DE Da’Shawn Hand (groin), LB Julian Okwara (knee), CB Darryl Roberts (groin), RB D’Andre Swift (hip), T Halapoulivaati Vaitai (foot)

Matthew Stafford Wasn’t All That Worried About Trade Rumors This Offseason

Matthew Stafford never gave much thought to trade rumors earlier this year, saying Thursday he had always prepared as if he would still be the Lions’ quarterback this season and, he hopes, for many seasons to come, Michael Rothstein of ESPN reports.

Stafford had conversations with general manager Bob Quinn and coach Matt Patricia about the rumors, but he said he stopped thinking about them in a snap — while actually snapping his fingers on a Zoom conference call with reporters.

The rumors had started because of some since-debunked local and national media reports as well as the possibility that the Lions would draft Alabama’s Tua Tagovailoa, something that never happened.

“I really don’t pay too much attention to ’em,” Stafford said of the rumors. “I pay less attention to them than my wife does. But it’s something that doesn’t bother me. I’m here. I want to be here. I love being a Detroit Lion. I love leading this team.

“So all that kind of stuff is just kind of out there to be out there. It’s a slow news month at that point, and I’m just happy to be where I am and ready to deal with this offseason the way it is and try to make the best of the season that I hope happens.”

Lions Don’t Pickup Fifth-Year Option on Jarrad Davis, But Haven’t Closed the Door On Him Yet

The Lions have declined to pick up Jarrad Davis’ fifth-year option for 2021. But that does not mean they are done with Davis, Matt Meinke of Mlive reports.

In fact, quite the contrary.

Coach Matt Patricia said the middle linebacker remains a foundational piece of the defense, and remains very much in the club’s plans for the foreseeable.

“I think JD is a cornerstone of what we’re trying to do, and he’s in those big-picture plans of where we’re trying to go,” Patricia said on Tuesday morning during a video call with reporters from his home in Northville. “Just (trying to) make sure we have the best season we can this year and then just go from there. And he’s, you know, JD is by far –he’s a solid (as a) rock leader. Everything-you-want-in-the-program type of guy. So from that aspect of it, you know, he’s everything (we’re) building around, trying to get him to keep continuing to grow and develop and to get better. He’s a great kid. He’s awesome.”

Lions Go Corner in Round One, Select Jeff Okudah with Third Overall Pick

The Lions went with a bit of a surprise in the first round of the 2020 NFL Draft on Thursday night, as the team selected cornerback Jeff Okudah from Ohio State.

Michael Robinson of ESPN wrote about the “biggest question” when it comes to Okudah and what he brings to the table:

While he’s in a better position than most corners coming into the league, it will still be an adjustment. Without offseason workouts against wide receivers Kenny Golladay and Marvin Jones Jr., it could be a situation in which Okudah will be learning on the fly throughout portions of the season. Considering the receivers he might be asked to cover (Davante Adams in Green Bay and Adam Thielen in Minnesota) and the quarterbacks he probably will face (Tom Brady, Philip Rivers, Aaron Rodgers, Deshaun Watson and Drew Brees are all on the schedule), he could have some rough moments as he figures out the pro game.

Peter King reacts after the Lions used the third overall pick to draft cornerback Okudah out of Ohio State.

Based on How It Stands Right Now, the Lions are Favored in Just 3 Games in 2020

The 2019 Lions season did not go as planned, as durable QB Matthew Stafford missed part of the season for the first time in his career, and the team went 3-12-1 to earn the third pick in the 2020 NFL Draft.

Looking ahead to 2020, the NFL schedule won’t be out till May, but we know the teams that the Lions will play and where it will be.

With that, website BetOnline (www.BetOnline.ag, Twitter: @betonline_ag) has put out odds for all 32 teams in the league.

Here’s the odds for the Lions, who are favored in just three games.

Detroit Lions +3 @ Arizona Cardinals

Detroit Lions +4½ @ Atlanta Falcons

Detroit Lions +1 @ Carolina Panthers

Detroit Lions +5 @ Chicago Bears

Detroit Lions +7 @ Green Bay Packers

Detroit Lions -1 @ Jacksonville Jaguars

Detroit Lions +7 @ Minnesota Vikings

Detroit Lions +6 @ Tennessee Titans

Chicago Bears @ Detroit Lions pk

Green Bay Packers @ Detroit Lions +2

Houston Texans @ Detroit Lions -1

Indianapolis Colts @ Detroit Lions +1½

Minnesota Vikings @ Detroit Lions +2

New Orleans Saints @ Detroit Lions +5½

Tampa Bay Buccaneers @ Detroit Lions +2½

Washington Redskins @ Detroit Lions -5½

GM Bob Quinn Says QB Matthew Stafford is Healthy and Ready to Go in 2020

Lions general manager Bob Quinn has a busy week ahead of him, with the NFL Draft coming up starting on Thursday with all GM’s drafting from their homes.

One big question is the status moving forward for QB Matthew Stafford, who had a tough 2019 battling injuries and questions about his future with the team.

Stafford finally had to sit in 2019 due to back and hip injuries, and with it his consecutive-starts streak was snapped at 136 games after eight 2019 starts.

Quinn is certain that Stafford is back, ready and raring to go now, though.

“Matthew is doing great,” Quinn said Friday during a pre-draft conference call, via team transcript. “He calls me probably once a week to check in.

“I know he’s working out. I know he’s feeling good, so health-wise he’s good to go. As I said at the end of the season, if we were starting our offseason program next week, he’d be there as a full participant. He’s cleared medically from that standpoint.”

Last year, the Lions were 3-4-1 with Stafford and 0 for the rest of the season without him.

Through eight games, he threw for 2,499 yards and 19 touchdowns with just five interceptions, averaging 312.4 yards per game (second-best in his 11-year career) with a career-best 106.0 quarterback rating.

Former Lions DT Damon Harrison More Than Happy to Get Out of Detroit

Damon Harrison spent the first three weeks of training camp on the non-football injury list last summer, when he said in a new podcast he was trying to orchestrate a trade to a new team, Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reports.

Harrison, who was released by the Lions in February, said on the “Green Light” podcast with former NFL player Chris Long that he never felt comfortable playing in Matt Patricia’s defense and had to get out of Detroit even though he respects Patricia as a coach.

“I came into camp in shape, but during the first three weeks of camp I think I kind of worked myself out of shape because I wasn’t doing anything,” Harrison told Long. “That was a time where, to be honest with you, we were trying to facilitate a trade. I was hell-bent on getting out of there.”

Harrison played last season only after signing a one-year contract extension that paid him about $2.2 million more than he was scheduled to make in 2019.

He had a down year with 49 tackles, his lowest total since his rookie season, and said he was worried about health problems his wife had with gallstones during camp.

“Mentally I was just out of it, man,” he said. “I couldn’t focus on football. I was too busy trying to get caught back up with everything. It was a rough training camp for me, the roughest training camp of my career, and I just spent a lot of time just pondering my future.”

Harrison said his issues with playing for the Lions started about the time he learned of his trade to Detroit.

The Lions traded a fifth-round pick to the New York Giants for Harrison in October of 2018. And while he immediately helped improve the Lions’ run defense, he said he never was comfortable with the scheme.

“To be completely honest with you, I didn’t want to go to Detroit because of some things that I heard from some guys in the past and some guys who were there,” Harrison said. “So when I got the call that that’s where I was traded, I didn’t answer the phone for a couple hours. (Lions general manager) Bob Quinn was calling me and I didn’t pick up the phone because I was trying to figure out a way to get out of it.”