2018 NFL Training Camps: Matt Patricia a breath of fresh air for the Lions – CBSSports.com

ALLEN PARK, Mich. – Matt Patricia came bounding into the media room at the Lions practice facility a half hour before practice Wednesday morning with the energy of a middle schooler running through the halls at 3 p.m. on the last day before summer break.

The heavily-bearded, 42-year old coach, less than a week into his first training camp at the helm of an NFL team, chided reporters, good-naturedly, for their relative lack of vim, verve and enthusiasm for the imminent daily press conference, to be followed two-plus hours of football drills. If the Ford family was looking for a polar opposite of Patricia’s staid, reserved, restrained predecessor, Jim Caldwell, they certainly found it. Everything about Patricia’s messaging and personality and delivery is a stark departure from the way things had been done around here, to say nothing of the dichotomy in age from Caldwell and the fact his forte is the defensive side of the ball. The way the coach interacts with players, his more natural ability to connect and identify with those darned millennials is different, while Patricia is also quick to allow his inner tech-geek out as well, with the Lions now suddenly more at the vanguard of the use of tablets and replay screens in real-time to provide players with immediate assistance during practice.

“He has a lot of energy,” receiver Golden Tate told me. “Every single day. He brings it and he expects us to bring it.”

Whether or not all of this results in the Lions finally developing a run game, cultivating more pass rush and getting beyond last season’s 9-7 results, obviously, remains to be seen. But they are certainly going about things differently with the former aeronautical engineer. 

“The technology art of the game has rapidly changed, quickly, and it just

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