In 2018 first year coach kept Jim Bob Cooter as the OC. He appears to have wanted to see what Cooter could do. Well, JBC and his offense went on to score 20.2 ppg. 24th in the league with a Stafford starting for 16 games.
Patricia saw enough, fired some folks including JBC and brought in Darrell Bevell. In the 8 games Stafford started the Lions scored 25.5 points per game. They scored 24 or more points in 6 of those 8 games. That was good for 8th in the league in scoring in 2019. What an improvement.
I am not going to go crazy with looking at the difference between Bevell and Cooter other to say that Patricia kept JBC, fired him, hired Bevell and the Lions benefited from that change.
To me the point to to look at Patricia and staff through the lens of the whole team, not just the defense. While it is fair to say Patricia is a defensive coach as the head coach he should get credit for a solid offense and a terrible defense. I think this should clarify the debate about Patricia, the offense and the defense in 2020.
For some reason the offensive players seem to get the scheme, understand their jobs and they get it done. But on defense Diggs, Slay, Harrison and maybe others seem to have serious issues with this staff and this defense. Folks believe it is because Patricia is maybe too commanding in the locker room. That was noted by Diggs. But why does that not also seem to be an issue with the offense? Frankly the offense has a shot at being top five in 2020 and that is great. It is the defense that needs attention.
Why so good on offense and so bad on defense? AND…can this club fix this defense without Harrison and maybe without Slay?
I think this is a conversation worth having. Thoughts on O V. D, Patricia, Bevell/Patricia V, Cooter/Patricia and the rest of the thoughts that go along with this conversation?