Lions players defend Patricia
Thursday, May 21, 2020

(DETROIT) – When Darius Slay, Glover Quin and others left Detroit over the past two seasons, they did not have the most positive things to say about Lions coach Matt Patricia as they exited. That hasn't been the experience of every player, however, and two current Lions spoke up on Patricia's behalf Wednesday when they were asked about his relationship with players on conference calls with local media. Danny Amendola and Trey Flowers have been with Patricia in two stops, New England and Detroit, and chose to come to the Lions after Patricia was hired. So they understood the type of coach they were getting and what the expectations were coming into the program. Amendola said he wants tough practices so when he gets into game situations, he is ready and properly prepared. He says that is exactly how Patricia runs his practices so he team is the best prepared they can be. Flowers said he tried to explain to players what Patricia's expectations are, but said that in any change, there is going to be some conflict. Patricia, to his credit, said after his first season he would look at areas he needed to improve in. Issues appeared to lessen last season, both in how he dealt with players and his time with the media.