The Detroit Lions will once again be on the outside looking in at this year's playoffs while the voices calling for head coach Matt Patricia's job continue to grow louder with each loss.
Following yesterday's setback against the Tampa Bay Bucs at Ford Field, the Lions have now lost seven straight. But what does it all mean for Patricia? For him, it's all about building a foundation, and he believes the team is well on the way to doing just that.
“I think we just look at, ‘OK, what are we building? What have we started and where is our foundation right now?’ Having a foundation of a team that is tough, a foundation of a team that is competitive, from a standpoint that they’re going to come to work every day and try to get better and then show up on Sunday and really try to do everything they can to compete, I think that’s where you need to start,” he explained And I would say that’s where we’re at right now.”
One constant that Patricia has echoed all season is that his team doesn't quit and continuously displays toughness in the face of adversity. While that may not go a long way in the fans' eyes, it means a lot for the team as far as camaraderie is concerned.
“One of the things that was evident in the game, just for me as a coach watching our team, I think these guys really care about each other,” Patricia said. “I think there is a lot of camaraderie in that locker room. You see it on three distinct plays from the game.”
Detroit has two games remaining on their schedule.