Hello, football fans and welcome to the Fuel Tank! In this exciting column, we will be breaking down one of the hottest NFL debate topics and then I will be giving my viewpoint on the topic while breaking down why the opposition is false. Please don’t bash anyone or post any hateful comments as everyone has a right to their own opinion! With that said, let’s jump right into today’s story.
If you want to succeed in the NFL or any sports league, you must change to how it adjusts; a few examples include front office signings/firings, player signings, and coaching changes. One of the more prominent ones is coaching, specifically head coaching, as it’ll make or break your favorite team season if it’s done poorly. Two teams have decided to make necessary head coach firings (the Falcons with Dan Quinn and the Texans with Bill O’Brien). Sadly, many other teams must make these changes sooner than later.
For the next one to be fired, many fans point at Adam Gase for multiple reasons, but I think someone else will be on the chopping block before him. Who is it you may ask? It’s Matt Patricia, head coach for the Detroit Lions and here’s why:
1. Losing is the culture
Before they beat the Cardinals in Week 3, the Lions had an 11-game losing streak which is one of the worst since their 19 straight losses from 2007-2009. The sad thing is, a majority of those games were lost by only ONE possession. How someone isn’t fired after that horrific mess is beyond me, but the Lions must love losing if their head coach, Matt Patricia, continues to enjoy.
I have a funny feeling this will happen again, but not as worse as the streak they just broke. Let’s hope it doesn’t happen again. To add insult to injury, the Lions haven’t had back-to-back wins since weeks 2-3 of last year and they luckily scraped by them (13-10 versus the Chargers and 27-24 versus the Eagles). Yeah, not a good look Patricia and company.
2. Horrid defensive play-calling
Remember when Patricia was on the Patriots and he was renowned as one of the best defensive coordinators in the league? Pepperidge Farms remembers and many NFL fans, but somehow all that skill disappeared. Coming into Week 6, the Lions have the worst defense in the entire league according to Pro Football Focus. Anthony Tresh of PFF states that:
The Lions rank near the bottom of the league in each of run defense, pass-rushing, coverage, and overall tackling. They have allowed 0.18 expected points added per rush (highest in the NFL), generated pressure at the sixth-lowest rate (26%), earned the fifth-lowest team coverage grade, and produced the fourth-worst tackling grade– Anthony Tresh
That’s not all; as Matt Patricia’s and Cory Undlin’s (Lions defensive coordinator) defense has the lowest coverage grade in the league. People understand that the Lions’ defensive back core has a motherlode of injuries, yet it’s like they don’t even try to silence doubters and strive to be better than they’re predicted to be.
3. Offense doesn’t exist
You have to feel for Stafford at this rate as the offense is terrible yet again with Patricia at the helm. They have the 25th ranked offense in the NFL and it seems as though it’s only becoming worse after each game. Without Adrian Peterson, this offenses’ running attack would be minuscule, and with Stafford, we know he’s amazing at what he does, but horrible play-calling from Patricia and company make it seem as though he’s degreasing.
Sure, they have their couple of drives where they’re able to score, but they can never continue the momentum throughout a game (except for once in a blue moon) or closeout one, to be more precise. It’s already happened a few times this season: once with the Bears and another time with the Saints. Looks like another year of Stafford’s prime is wasted again thanks to terrible coaching. Thanks Patricia.
Addressing the other side
You know Adam Gase exists
I do understand that Gase exists, but it seems as though the Jets aren’t going to fire him as of now for some reason no one understands. No matter how terrible he is, ownership doesn’t want him gone. The fans hate him, the players don’t respect him, the world memes him to the extreme, and everyone knows he’s an incompetent head coach; however, as I said before, ownership still wants him there. It’s bewildering to everyone, but have fun losing… I guess.
What about Doug Marrone?
Ah, the head coach for the Jaguars who has the best odds to be fired according to Sportsline. He’ll probably be fired at the end of the season as the Jags are just trying their best with the pieces they have available. Changes will be made at the end of the season with him being fired, new signings, (hopefully) spectacular draft picks, etc. He won’t be fired before Patricia though.
How about Joe Judge?
He’s a rookie coach trying to fix the mess named/dubbed the New York Giants. Many of the team’s blunders, like the defenses’ incompetency and Jones’ decision making, aren’t on him. Plus, rookie coaches usually aren’t fired after their first season. He deserves a chance to make it as a head coach.
That is all for why I believe Matt Patricia will be the next NFL head coach fired. What are your thoughts on this? Leave a comment down below to join the discussion.
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