Detroit Lions‘ fans continue to scratch their head over the Darrell Bevell hiring. But the real question is; should they be?
It is done. The Detroit Lions have made their choice and are now moving on to other staff decisions, as well as preparing for free agency and the draft.
After an underwhelming first season in Detroit for head coach Matt Patricia, he has quickly moved on to preparations for next year, as he should. It’s time to work on improving his staff, his roster and taking a good look in the mirror at what improvements he can make himself.
All good coaches do the exact same thing every offseason. They take a look back at what didn’t work and them improve it.
Great coaches will re-evaluate their own performances just as critically as they will review the talent on their roster. They will stay the course or philosophy they believe in and make any changes they feel they need to in their approach or their staff, players, game preparation and so forth.
There are two critical things that Matt Patricia should take from this season; one would be that he needs to stay the course of his philosophy. No coach will ever succeed unless they believe in what they are preaching. If they are wishy-washy and can’t stay true to what they believe in, they will fail.
He needs to decide how he can do his job better, not change the course. Plain and simple.
The other critical point that should have hit home is that life on the sidelines is much, much more difficult outside of New England. Especially in Detroit.
This past week Patricia made the biggest move he will this offseason; he hired former Minnesota Vikings and Seattle Seahawks offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell.
It was a move that surprised the majority of Lions fans that were waiting for a young, sexy, new age face to man the offensive coordinator position. That mixed reaction, however, wasn’t all that surprising.