It’s early in the pre-season, but Carlos Monarrez of the Detroit Free Press thinks Lions Coach Matt Patricia’s amateur tactics could results in him losing the confidence of his players.
He writes that during three days of minicamp this past week, Patricia has had players run as punishment. Monarrez goes on to write:
That’s not likely to endear him to his players, many of who whom are experienced professionals who don’t need or care to be treated like junior varsity tryout players.
“These are true professionals,” rookie running back Kerryon Johnson said Tuesday while marveling at the talent level difference between college and NFL players. “These are grown men, 30, 35, 25.”
Patricia’s tactic smacked of amateurism and even though it was generally downplayed as an innocuous slap on the wrist, I can guarantee you most players don’t care for it.