Many people are blaming Matt Patricia, who is only four games into his career as a head coach. It’s still too early pass judgement on him yet. He is trying to not only change the Lions defensive system, but he’s also attempting to change 60 years of bad culture, which is no easy job for sure.
Meanwhile for those who are saying that Bob Quinn had three years to have this roster competitive, we all need to remember that until this past offseason he was working with Jim Caldwell to find players that fit his system.
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Not Matt Patricia’s system.
Which means the fans have to understand that there will naturally be player turnover. And before you all start pointing to the offense not having or needing a lot of turnover, remember this; Patricia made the decision to keep Jim Bob Cooter as his offensive coordinator. This means that they should already have had the majority of players needed to run the existing system.
And the additions Bob Quinn brought in to help boost the ground game have paid off so far.
So with that commitment being the priority instead of the defense, which the fans almost unanimously approved of, this meant that the defense was going to be nothing more than a work in progress this season. Like it or not.
Even though as I often say and statistics bear out, defense wins championships.
But one way or another, something was going to be a work in progress this season. It was simply just too much to be able to successfully do a complete re-vamp of the defensive front seven and ground game in one offseason.