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Does Matt Patricia deserve blame for the Detroit Lions’ conservative, inefficient offense?

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The PODcast tries to figure out who’s culpable in the Lions’ offensive failures.

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We all love ourselves a scapegoat. Problems seem much more simple and solvable if there’s one person at the root of the issues.

Things are rarely that simple, however, and when things are going wrong in any facet of life, there are likely a ton of different factors contributing to said failure.

The Detroit Lions’ offense is failing right now, and while we can all agree that poor quarterback play and limited personnel have contributed to that as of late, coaching has taken the brunt of the criticism, and for good reason. Detroit’s gameplan is lacking in innovation and the results speak for themselves.

Offensive coordinator Jim Bob Cooter is the most obvious target for scapegoating and most fans are calling for his firing. But how much is head coach Matt Patricia to blame? Patricia defended many of Cooter’s decisions from Sunday’s game against the Rams, including the much-maligned decision to run on third-and-goal from the 19-yard line.

That’s the topic on this week’s PODcast as we recap the Rams game.

This week on the PODcast:

  • Is the Detroit Lions defense finally showing the improvement that we’ve all been waiting for? Or was this just a case of Jared Goff playing poorly?
  • More Matthew Stafford mistakes.
  • Is there any optimism to take from the Lions’ past three performances? With the playoff well out of the picture, do “moral victories” give you any hope?
  • Conservative play calling: A byproduct of poor offensive personnel? The result of an overly-safe offensive coordinator? Or is this the new normal under Matt Patricia?
  • Aaron Donald just MANHANDLED the Lions offensive line. Is he an MVP candidate.
  • Taylor Decker scored a TD! I wish the offense was always this fun!
  • Mike McCarthy is out as the Packers’ head coach. Is this good news for the Lions? Who are some potential replacements? Ryan fires off some names that are... certainly some names.
  • “Africa” is still undefeated at Ford Field and don’t you dare challenge it again.
  • Mailbag tackles potential cap casualties in 2019, talks etiquette for giving the ball back to Taylor Decker and plays a game of “What will happen first: A Lions Super Bowl or...”