Over the past three seasons, Detroit Lions head coach Matt Patricia has turned the coaching staff inside out. Though some initially kept their jobs after the Lions moved from Jim Caldwell to Patricia, basically everyone remaining from the Caldwell era was relieved of their duties this offseason after another swoop of coaching changes.
However, one person remains: wide receivers coach Robert Prince. Prince is the longest-tenured coach on the team, having spent the last six seasons with the Lions. He’s the one current Lions staffer that still has a good standing relationship with Calvin Johnson. He’s overseen the burgeoning careers of Marvin Jones Jr., Kenny Golladay and Golden Tate, among others. And he’s clearly made an impression on Patricia in the past three years.
“I’m lucky to have that situation where I can walk in and have such a great coach like that and be able to keep him on my staff and work with him every day,” Patricia said on Monday. “He’s awesome, man. He’s absolutely awesome. He’s one of the best wide receiver coaches in the League. Again, the Xs and Os, he’s super smart offensively, he handles a lot of things for us in the passing game, and like I said, he really coaches his players hard and he gets them better. It’s been great.”
But why take a head coach’s word for it? Why not take a look at him in action yourself?
If you’ve ever been to a Lions training camp practice, you’ve likely noticed Prince. He’s the one running up and down the sidelines during 11-on-11s. You’ve probably heard him scream and cheer and seen him hip-bump his receivers in celebration.
If you haven’t been lucky enough to witness it live, today is your day. The Lions released a video of him mic’d up at training camp, and it is a perfect snapshot of the kind of coach Robert Prince is.
Whether he’s trash talking the team’s defensive backs, running reps himself when the Lions are shorthanded, or hyping his own guys, you can just see how Prince is the kind of coach that you’d love to play for.
And look at the team’s wide receiver performances over the past couple years. The results speak for themselves.