This coming Thursday is Thanksgiving Day, which for Detroit Lions fans means family, food, and football.
Unfortunately, Thursday's game won't mean much for the Lions in terms of winning anything in 2019. In fact, the Lions have a better chance to earn a top 5 draft pick than they do a playoff spot.
On Monday, Lions head coach Matt Patricia spoke to the media and he wants everyone to know that he is ultra-competitive and that building a winning team is a process.
From 97.1 The Ticket:
“I’m always disappointed when we don’t win,” he said. “I think everybody that knows me knows how competitive I am, and that’s what we’re trying to do. But I would say, for me and this team, we’re fighting every single week to try to go out and do our best and make sure we’re putting ourselves in a position where we can have that opportunity to win. I also know that this is a process. I know there’s a lot in play here that we’re going through, and we’re trying to build, and we’re trying to do the best we can to improve and get better.
“For us, we try to just stay on the task at hand for the week. It’s one-week seasons for us. On top of that, we’re looking at other things as far as the development of some of the younger players and the guys that are out there and even the guys that have been around for a while are improving and learning. For us, it’s just part of the process as we go forward.”
So, with a 9-17-1 record over the past two seasons, where does that process stand?
“It’s always hard to judge and say, ‘This is exactly where we are and where we’re going to be,'” said Patricia. “I would say, I’m encouraged by the way the team right now fights every single week. I’m encouraged by some of the players that I see out there improving and playing more consistent. And even some of the players that have been forced into action because of whatever the circumstance may be, showing up in a positive way. I think those are all things that we look for as signs that we’re moving in a good direction, from the standpoint of trying to improve overall as a team.”
Nation, are you buying what Patricia is selling?