Last week, a local columnist who shall not be named penned a ridiculous article claiming that Detroit Lions head coach Matt Patricia was already in danger of losing the support of his team. The article, which is completely baseless and states no evidence to support his claim, is based on the fact that Patricia runs a hard-nosed practice in which he punished players’ lack of effort with sprints.
I am not linking to the article, but if you insist on reading such nonsense, you have google.
Anyways, Lions receiver Marvin Jones Jr. was on “Good Morning Football” Thursday and responded to the inane column.
Is Matt Patricia bringing the "Patriot Way" to the @Lions?@MarvinJonesJr tells us how his new HC is working out in Detroit. pic.twitter.com/WWNzJ1dYBE— GMFB (@gmfb) June 14, 2018
When the column was brought up, Jones immediately laughed at the suggestion.
“That’s one thing I do is run,” Jones said. “In the NFL you have to be able to run all day, but these practices have been great.”
Part of the reason this narrative has taken off is because of the negative attention the Patriots have recently received from former players. Some have complained that the player treatment in New England is poor and that they make the game no longer fun for the team. However, Jones shakes off the accusation that Patricia is bringing no-fun football to Detroit.
“We’re not the Patriots,” Jones said. “So all the players saying, ‘No, we didn’t like it there,’ and stuff like that, we’re doing our thing here. Like I said, it’s a new regime, it’s a new Detroit Lions right now and, shoot, it’s football. We run. You know what I’m saying? And, you know, nobody’s complaining, everybody’s just going out here working hard and we’re having fun doing it. So whoever’s grandma wrote that story... I don’t know.”
It’s silly Jones even had to be asked this question, but it was a great response to a lazy, hot-take column.