Earlier on Monday, we shared the behind-the-scenes video of Detroit Lions players hugging head coach Matt Patricia just moments after he led the Lions to their first victory of the season—against his mentor nonetheless. It was a really warm moment for Patricia, who was facing a lot of scrutiny (some fair, some not) through his first two weeks of the regular season.
But it wasn’t just Lions players seeking to congratulate and connect with Patricia after the game. Several Patriots players who had played under Patricia for years when he was their defensive coordinator sought out the Lions head coach after the game, and it appeared Patricia made time for every single one of them.
Boston media member Joe Giza has the video:
This pretty much matches all of the stories we’ve heard about Patricia’s time in New England. Prior players raved about his interpersonal relationships and motivational tactics. Now we can clearly see just how much he meant to those players.
- Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski confirmed Sunday night that he did indeed block trade talks with the Lions because, “Brady is my quarterback. I’m not going anywhere.”
- The Lions’ defense was absolutely unreal on Sunday night:
#Lions defense held the Patriots to 209 net yards of offense, the fewest the team has allowed since holding the Giants to 197 total yards 9/8/14.— Detroit Lions (@Lions) September 24, 2018
This is only the third time since 2007 that the Patriots have produced fewer than 210 yards of total offense. pic.twitter.com/aHskTCuA2i
- Former NFL player Nate Jackson talked about his career under Eric Mangini and Josh McDaniels and explained why he thinks former Belichick assistants have struggled as head coaches and why Matt Patricia may or may not be different.
- The Lions-Patriots game put up some impressive rating numbers for NBC:
Best Week 3 overnight for NBC SNF since 2015 (P Manning's Broncos vs. Lions) https://t.co/vZRIDzaMWZ— Brian McCarthy (@NFLprguy) September 24, 2018
- What was Darius Slay’s reaction to completely stopping Tom Brady on Sunday night? “That shit is amazing.”
- Speaking of Slay, you can get some cheap pizza thanks to his late interception (Note: It appears you have to purchase 1 large pizza in order to get the deal):
Get a large pizza from @HungryHowies for $.23 when you buy a large pizza because I had an interception in this week's Game! Restrictions apply. Order now using code SLAY23. https://t.co/M1fuTYZsIZ #BigPlaySlay #HowieSlay23— Darius Slay (@_bigplayslay23) September 24, 2018
- For no reason, here’s the greatest GIF from Sunday’s game: