The Detroit Lions have not played well during the exhibition season so far, but is it fair to blame this on how Matt Patricia works his team?
As of right now, the Detroit Lions are three-fourths of the way through the preseason with one final contest tonight which will help decide who will fill out the end of the bench.
Tonight the starters will most likely be locked away in some closet to keep them safe and sound for the season opener against the New York Jets on Monday Night Football. Although if we have paid any attention to the exhibition season so far, there is no guarantee the starters or some starters won’t see the field either.
But if things follow the conventional route, then that will mean that fans will be putting all their hopes of finally having a well-played game by Patricia’s troops on the shoulders of bubble players desperately trying to make the team.
In the previous three attempts by these Lions, they have not looked even remotely close to being a well-oiled machine. As a matter of fact, I’m not quite sure they have played well enough to even be called rusty.
Quite frankly the Lions have personified the terms sloppy and undisciplined. For die-hard Lions fans, these words may hurt. Especially given all the local hype this team has received. Most fans have already got them in the playoffs and advancing to the second round.
Well, at least they did before the start of the preseason. Now? Fans may be slightly more conservative in their views of this team.
The truth is that I believed they could very well be a playoff team, but only if they accomplished certain keys elements to allow them to reach their maximum potential for this year. So far they have not anything to demonstrate an ability to follow through on their end of the bargain.