It's only getting uglier for Matt Patricia. Amid doubts about his future, former Lions players continue to question his leadership.
"But I felt like from 2013 to 2017, the culture in Detroit had changed. Caldwell, the culture was different. We went to two playoffs, we were right at 9-7. We were right there playing against Green Bay at the end for division titles, so it wasn’t like we were a dumpster fire of a team. We had a good quarterback, good offensive pieces, good defense. And I kind of feel like Patricia came in and was like, 'Everything here is trash and I just gotta do a total rehaul of everything,' when we didn’t really need a rehaul. If anything, it was just, how do you get over that hump?
Lions general manager Bob Quinn fired Caldwell in 2017, infamously stating that Lions were better than 9-7. Patricia was supposed to take them to the next level. The Lions are 9-19-1 since.
"When Patricia came in, it just kind of felt like he had this Patriots attitude, like, 'I know what I’m talking about, I’ve been doing this, I’ve been doing that. Just believe me, just trust me. And it’s just like, bro, we didn’t feel like our system was broken in the first place. We were right there. So to come in and try to have a complete, hard overhaul like that, it didn’t go over well," Quin said.
"Matt Patricia is a very nice guy. He’ll talk to you, he’s very nice, makes it easy to talk to. Seems like he cares a lot about people, definitely has that quality," said Quin. "But then all of the sudden you get on the practice field, you get into the meeting rooms, it’s like the switch goes off and he’s a completely different guy."