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Notes: Former Lions LB Chris Spielman defends Matt Patricia, Bob Quinn

Never afraid to voice his opinion, the former Lion still believes in the current regime in Detroit.

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For many, the opinion of former Detroit Lions linebacker carries extra weight. As a color commentator for FOX, he rarely holds back his opinion, no matter how critical he is. And his voice is even more valued in Detroit, where Spielman—a former Lions linebacker—remains especially attached. He works with their preseason broadcasts and even helps provide some weekly video content with’s Mike O’Hara.

On Tuesday, Spielman went to Twitter and talked extensively about his thoughts about the 3-7-1 Lions, specifically about his trust in head coach Matt Patricia and general manager Bob Quinn.

“There (sic) Defense hasn’t played well this year. There is no other explanation,” Spielman tweeted. “I just believe that MP BQ will get it done. I also think if you are changing philosophically I want type of team you want it may take more than 2 years to get that done.”

When confronted by Lions fans about Quinn’s poor drafting habits, here was Spielman’s answer:

Spielman also defended owner Martha Ford in his series of tweets.

“Mrs Ford has made a game plan or a tackle in a long time. I now she wants to win as much as the players. Fact not just my opinion,” Spielman tweeted.

Head over to Spielman’s twitter account to see him express his thoughts on the Quandre Diggs trade, his thoughts on Michigan fans, and more.

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