Monday night, the New York Jets took the Detroit Lions apart in Matt Patricia’s head coaching debut. But more than that, the Jets said they knew what quarterback Matthew Stafford would do before he did it.
“We were calling out their plays as he was getting up to the line,” linebacker Darron Lee said, via ESPN.com’s Rich Cimini following the dominant victory. “We knew his signals, we knew everything. That’s just preparation as a defense. … It seemed like we were in his head as a defense.”
However, Coach Patricia is not having that.
“I would say in general there are a lot of things that go on in the game that are identifiable to players on both sides of the ball,” he said, via ESPN.com’s Michael Rothstein. “In the course of a game, that kind of happens at times that those things come up.”
Still, picking off Stafford four times in Week 1 is an eye-opener. And, it’s not so easy to dismiss it like Patricia is trying to. After all, he already has the pressure of being a new head coach. More than that, though, is the fact that the Lions offense wasn’t the problem last year. It’s only just one game, but Patricia and the Lions already have plenty of work to do. Last season saw them miss the playoffs with a 9-7 record. The Jets, on the other hand, are coming off consecutive five-win seasons.
"We certainly have the same situation from our side; we study opponents the same as everybody else does. … Sometimes that’s helpful and sometimes it’s not,” Patricia continues.
For his sake, hopefully the Lions can turn it around in Week 2. Or at the very least, do a better job of hiding their game plan. It probably cannot get any worse than Monday night, though.