You’d certainly be excused for hoping that the Detroit Lions have moved past Week 1’s disappointing tie against the Arizona Cardinals as they prepare for their home opener against the Los Angeles Chargers.
Because according to head coach Matt Patricia, that’s exactly what they’ve done.
“You probably don’t finally know the answers until next Sunday, I’d say,” Patricia said Wednesday before the Lions practiced in full pads. “I think you can go either way with it and write it however you want, but it is something that I do try to take observation of as we learn about this year’s team as we go forward.”
Patricia feels that his team has responded well to the disappointment against Arizona now with two full days of preparation already in the books ahead of this Sunday.
“I will say this: I feel very confident right now that the team is in a good mental space as far as preparing for the Chargers,” Patricia said. “I think Monday was great. I think the guys really did a great job, especially coming off a long trip. It was long flight, long trip, put a lot into that game, played a lot of snaps in that game. Guys were tired on Monday, but they really tried to come in and focus and just get all the corrections and move forward. It was really good from that standpoint.
“A lot of guys, I know worked hard yesterday on their off day just getting ready to go, by some of the meetings that we had this morning. I know they were studying, they were in there and they were moving forward. You try to gauge it the best you can from there and just keep pushing the message and go forward. That’s really what we’re doing right now.”
The Lions host the Chargers at Ford Field at 1:00 PM EST on Sunday.