It’s safe to say that very few Lions players developed well over the last three seasons under Matt Patricia, which feels like a big factor in why he was ultimately let go.
He was brought in to transform the Lions’ defense and it simply never worked out — in large part because not enough players got better under his watch.
Just take a look at what Tracy Walker tweeted after the season.
Bad coaching can definitely affect Good/Great players...— Tracy Walker #21 (@TracyWalkerIII) January 12, 2021
On the flip side, one of the more exciting things Dan Campbell has been able to do is put together a really solid coaching staff around him. And if this staff can even get three to five guys playing at a higher level it could make a tremendous difference on a team that is starving for playmakers.
So today’s Question of the Day is:
Which Lions’ player will take a leap under new coaches?
My answer: D’Andre Swift
While I’m very excited about what Aaron Glenn and Aubrey Pleasant can do to work with the Lions’ young secondary players like Walker and Jeff Okudah, I think Swift will see the biggest jump of anyone next season.
New offensive coordinator Anthony Lynn and running backs coach Duce Staley should help Swift become one of the best young running backs in the NFL. It also doesn’t hurt to hear Dan Campbell call him out (in a good way) during his opening press conference.