Don’t judge Lions coach Matt Patricia on just one game

Several factors played into Patriots loss

It’s crazy to judge new Lions coach Matt Patricia on one game.

Patricia has been the Patriots’ defensive coordinator for six seasons. He’s helped them win three Super Bowls.

The Patriots’ defense was not at its best in the Super Bowl loss to the Eagles. No doubt about it. They gave up 538 yards, 373 of them in the air from Nick Foles.

(Photo courtesy of Detroit Lions)

Remember the Eagles are a very good team and Doug Pederson should have been coach of the year for finding his way to the Super Bowl podium without his starting quarterback, Carson Wentz.

Also, the Patriots defense was without starting cornerback Malcolm Butler. From all reports it was basically a game-time decision so Patricia was not prepared to go without one of his best players. Butler had played in 98 percent of the regular season snaps. Instead they went with Johnson Bademosi who wasn’t even good enough to start on the Lions’ secondary when he was in Detroit in 2016.

The biggest factor though, is that you can’t judge a coach on one game. What if the Patriots had pulled off a comeback win? The stats still would have been there — the Patriots gave up a ton of yardage along with 41 points.

From all accounts, Patricia is smart, dedicated and will give the Lions his all.

It’s just wrong to judge him on one game.


Author: Paula Pasche

Paula Pasche, a veteran sports writer, covers the Detroit Lions for her Lions Lowdown blog. She has written two books, "Game of My Life Detroit Lions" and "100 Things Lions Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die" which are available at bookstores and on She won first place for column writing from the Society of Professional Journalists in Detroit (Class B) in 2011, 2012 and 2013 and was The Oakland Press 2010 Staffer of the Year.

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