The Detroit Lions were embarrassed 48-17 in their Week 1 home contest against the New York Jets, and reports followed that the players hated the new style and rules set by new head coach Matt Patricia.
NFL Network's Mike Garafolo said that some of the veteran Lions players didn't like how much Patricia made them work through training camp, as well as some rules he inserted. Garafolo added that some of the frustration will have stemmed from the Lions simply not seeing "the results," under Patricia.
We talked the other day on @gmfb Weekend about the #Lions’ veterans being unhappy with how hard Matt Patricia has worked them and all the rules in place there. Results like last night’s blowout loss to the #Jets could bring things to a head ... both ways. pic.twitter.com/wCImJnLFlg— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) September 11, 2018
However, Lions safety Glover Quin shut down any notion that the team isn't happy with their new head coach, and he came to the defense of Patricia.
"Players that were here previously, I'm pretty sure a lot of them are like, 'This is tougher, this is different'," Quin said, according to Kyle Meinke of MLive.com. "But that's always expected when you have a new coach. It's just the way it is. The personalities (between Patricia and Caldwell) are completely different...it's just a part of it. It happens to every team, and you just deal with it."
The Lions were flat-out embarrassed by a Jets team that many pegged to be one of the NFL's worst in 2018. Coming off consecutive nine-win seasons, expectations were higher among Lions fans when Patricia took over for the well-respected Jim Caldwell.
Coming off three winning seasons in their last four years, the Lions are trying to compete with their NFC North rivals in the Green Bay Packers and Minnesota Vikings. Things got off to a rocky start on Monday, but the Lions will have a chance to get back on track when they visit the San Francisco 49ers, who lost to the Vikings on Sunday after a frustrating showing from quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo.
Quin also added that with plenty of people in the locker room, it's not possible for everybody "to be completely happy," and that quarterback Matthew Stafford likes the coaching style Patricia has brought to the table.
"Your job is to go out there and play football, and be a good football player," Quinn said.