The Detroit Lions were embarrassed 48-17 at home against the New York Jets on Monday, but it sounds like there are bigger problems that should concern the fans.
According to NFL Network's Mike Garafolo, some veteran Lions players are't happy with the extensive work head coach Matt Patricia put them through in training camp, as well as some of the new rules he putt into place.
"When you don't have the results, and when they're as bad as they were last night, you leave yourself very little leeway as a head coach," Garafolo said, while pointing that the players won't like being ran harder than other teams if the results don't show.
Garafolo also said Patricia could decide to move on from the players who won't buy into his system. Of course, it's only Week 2 of the 2018 season now, and fans must remember not to overreact after Week 1.
The Bill Belichick coaching tree simply has been a notable failure thus far. Offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels and former Patriots defensive coordinator Romeo Crennel (now in Houston), are among the many who flopped as head coaches after leaving Belichick's staff.
Matthew Stafford struggled in Week 1 for the Lions, tossing four interceptions against the Jets. The defense also struggled to stop rookie quarterback Sam Darnold and running back Isaiah Crowell, who kept finding holes to exploit against the Lions.
Coming over from New England, it's easy to see why Patricia would try to install a more strict, less-nonsense system in Detroit. Belichick has been doing it in Foxborough for almost 20 years now, and it's led to five Super Bowl championships.
The Lions made a bold choice to fire head coach Jim Caldwell after the 2017 campaign, even though he led them to three winning seasons in four years. They hoped that firing Patricia would help the franchise turn a corner, but Week 1 sure left a lot to be desired.
Nonetheless, it's far too early to call the Patricia hiring an utter failure. There's plenty of time for the team to turn things around, and they'll try to do it in Week 2 against the San Francisco 49ers.