It’s extremely rare that we get the opportunity to see an NFL coach actually coach. That has been especially true of the Detroit Lions, as they have preferred to proceed with a shroud of mystery for the past decade or so.
But thanks to the Lions’ annual training camp documentary series “Inside the Den,” we got an interesting glimpse into the Lions’ first face-to-face full team meeting of the year and how head coach Matt Patricia greeted his players back to the facility.
After an initial thank you to the players for adhering to COVID-19 protocols, you can hear Patricia up the intensity as he the team starting to move towards the beginning of training camp. First, he preaches the importance of the red zone.
“It’s so important, men. It’s so important that we start with it every spring and every training camp. We start with the red area, because there’s nothing more important than points,” Patricia says.
Then, nearly in a full yell, he tells the team it’s time to flip the switch. It’s time to get to work.
“Let’s turn up the dial today on our intensity,” Patricia said. “The spring is over. The spring is over. We’re starting to get into training camp mode.”
The documentary then turns to camp highlights—something we haven’t really had during the first week of padded practices. There’s also portions of mic’d up sessions from offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell and offensive line coach Hank Fraley.
Included are a couple of never-before-seen plays. Most notably is a nice pass breakup from Jeff Okudah (0:33), who breaks off from his coverage on Kenny Golladay to deflect a pass to Kerryon Johnson on a wheel route. There’s D’Andre Swift breaking ankles (8:38), a diving pass breakup from Okudah (9:05) and Jarrad Davis make a big goal-line stop during a live drill from Tuesday (10:22).
And because there’s always got to be a humor break, be on the lookout for Bo Scarbrough searching for an ice tub buddy.
Check out the entire video below: