Matt Patricia Had A Really Bad Debut As An NFL Head Coach

Matt Patricia Had A Really Bad Debut As An NFL Head Coach

Matt Patricia Had A Really Bad Debut As An NFL Head Coach

So this, from Jets linebacker Darron Lee after his team's 48-17 blowout of the Lions on Monday night, sends up some alarms: "We were calling out their plays as (Stafford) was getting up to the line", Lee said, via The Athletic New York's Connor Hughes. That led to Isaiah Crowell's 6-yard touchdown run.

I'm going to go with NO here and I'm not going to overthink it.

"We watched (his) college film, obviously", Bowles said of the 24-year-old, who spent two years out of football after a brief stint earlier this decade at the Simon Fraser University in British Columbia. But he's also already showcased a lot of the poise and movement that convinced the Jets to take him No. 3 overall in April - enough that Patricia should be anxious if someone other than Ezekiel Ansah and Darius Slay can't make big plays Monday night.

"That's called studying", Jets cornerback Trumaine Johnson said.

Coming off two straight 5-11 losing seasons isn't easy for the Jets but they are slowly building a contender for the future. They've made it to the playoffs three times in their last seven years, going one-and-done each time, and even Barry Sanders admits "it'll be tough" for them to keep up with the division in 2018.

The Jets said they weren't stealing signals, attributing the success to thorough preparation and scouting.

Darnold is going to have plenty of great plays for the New York Jets, and plenty of mistakes too. I just didn't make enough good decisions, enough good throws. His reaction to the game quickly went viral after he tossed a table and yelled through his TV set. "We've got to go out and execute a lot better on the field".

Lee picked off Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford twice, one of which was returned for a 36-yard touchdown that shifted the momentum of the game.

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The first touchdown pass of Darnold's career came with 1:51 left in the half on a 41-yard heave to Robby Anderson.

The only reason this isn't an A+ for rookie QB Sam Darnold was the interception he threw to start the game that the Lions brought back for an early lead. That play withstood a Lions replay challenge. His cool and calm ways were respected and they appreciated that he cared about them off the field. "I hope I never have to say that again".

From the archives: It will be 50 years ago this week - September 15, 1968 - that the Lions opened the regular season at Dallas. Jameis Winston had his first pass intercepted and returned for a touchdown in 2015.

"That was awesome to be able to see them doing their thing", Darnold said.

Detroit is at San Francisco next weekend.

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