On Wednesday, Matt Patricia addressed the media for the first time since the Detroit Lions dealt Golden Tate to the Philadelphia Eagles for a third-round pick. For the first eight minutes of the press conference he answered questions about the reasoning for the trade, how he’s dealt with the locker room since the transaction and how the team may change going forward.
Here are my quick thoughts on Patricia’s Wednesday press conference:
- Nice of Patricia to open with the implications this trade has on Golden Tate’s family. A lot of times we lose perspective on just how much of a life-changing move this can be for the individual, especially someone with a newborn baby.
- It’s interesting hearing Patricia weight the benefits of short-term improvement versus long-term. He stressed the importance of not going too far in either direction.
- Multiple times during the press conference, he noted the emotions of a trade like this and how it was a “tough” decision.
- Patricia’s outburst at a reporter for poor posture is completely unprofessional and just plain weird. Reporters are not employed by the team, and Patricia shouldn’t be treating them like one of his players. It’s not the first time he’s butted heads with this specific reporter, but Patricia is the one that comes off as the unprofessional one here.
- I don’t personally buy Patricia’s sell-job of the trade—that he believes in the players enough that they can withstand the trade. I’m curious to think if the players feel the same.