Former Detroit Lions quarterback Dan Orlovsky ripped Matt Patricia for the coach's postgame comments following the Lions' 35-29 loss to the New Orleans Saints on Sunday.
After the loss, Patricia, who took over for former coach Jim Caldwell in 2018, remarked on the state of the franchise upon his arrival when asked by a reporter why people should believe in him as a coach.
“I mean, that’s a hard question,” Patricia said. “Obviously, we just lost to the Saints. Let’s just give them credit for this game. They played extremely well and I know we’ve got a lot of work to do. Certainly I think when I came to Detroit, there was a lot of work to do, and that’s what we’re trying to do.”
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“To come in and say that you had a lot of work to do is completely false. It’s a bunch of trash!”
Former Lions QB @danorlovsky7 RIPPED head coach Matt Patricia for his post-game comments about what the team was like that he inherited from Jim Caldwell. #KJZpic.twitter.com/TigGSjI2WY
Orlovsky, an ESPN analyst who played 12 seasons in the NFL and served as a backup on Caldwell's teams from 2014-16, did not take kindly to Patricia's comments referencing past Detroit teams.
“To come in and say that you had a lot of work to do is completely false," Orlovsky said during an appearance on "Keyshawn, JWill & Zubin" show. "It’s a bunch of trash because that wasn't the case in Detroit.
“We were 11-5 in 2014 and a really good football team. In 2015, we go 7-9, it’s because we turned the football over. But the last eight games, we were (6-2). So flipped our season around. Next two years, we’re 9-7 and I believe in Week 17 we were playing Green Bay for a chance to win the division. OK?
“We were a good football team. Matthew Stafford was playing as good as he has in his career – that was because of coach Caldwell. And we were an organization that was ascending. He was building. The culture was amazing. The culture was fantastic. So you had a winning record in three out of four years, the culture was great, your quarterback was playing really good football. So for him to come in and say there was a lot of work to be done is a bunch of trash.”
Detroit Lions head coach Matt Patricia points down the field during the fourth quarter against the New Orleans Saints at Ford Field. (Photo: Raj Mehta, Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports)
After squandering a 14-0 early lead and giving up 35 unanswered points in Sunday's loss to the Saints, Detroit has now lost 12 of its last 13 games. The Lions are the first team in league history to drop six consecutive games after leading by at least 10 points in each, according to Elias.
The defeat dropped Patricia to 10-25-1 with the Lions.
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