Camaraderie, leadership, and personalities come together in a winning team. But how do you create a sense of teamwork in a world of masks and social distancing?
Lions coach Matt Patricia took on that question at training camp on Wednesday. “Certainly I think it’s been great to have this team in the building together. I would say that 2020 has been completely unusual from that standpoint and building a team."
When people talk about an NFL team that's working, they look for things on the field and beyond the field.
He added that the work started early.
"But certainly I think that through the course of the spring, I thought the guys did a great job of getting to know each other. Like I said before, you could feel a lot of energy through those Zoom calls, and I think that as we have been able to get in the building, get to know each other, it’s a very, very tight-knit group.”
Say what you will about the teams the Lions have built in the past, analysts are taking notice of this year's team and not for the usual "same old Lions" reasons.
NFL Network's Marc Sessler tweeted this week, "Plagued by a strange feeling: The Detroit @Lions are making the playoffs."
Former NFL offensive lineman and current radio host Geoff Schwartz got in on the act, tweeting, "Almost every season there’s a worst to first team. The Lions are my pick. Am I crazy?"