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DETROIT (AP) — Matt Patricia has appeared to push the Detroit Lions more than they ever were under Jim Caldwell.The Lions seemed to run more and hit more. And Garrett Bradbury Jersey , they may have gotten yelled at more.On the practice field over the last several weeks, it wasn’t hard to see or hear Patricia.The burly man with a bushy beard and a pencil over his right ear moves around a lot, spending time with various position groups during drills to share his expertise on both sides of the ball. He shouts to get his point across at times, including once when he didn’t like the pace in which players were moving from one field to another.How does Patricia avoid overloading his players?“Probably in the end you really don’t know until after the game, unfortunately,” Patricia said recently. “But you try to do a good job of gauging your players and how they’re handling the week. And obviously there’s a constant communication with the players to say, ‘Are we good on this? Do you think we need more? Do we need to cut back? Do we need to scale back from that standpoint?’“I would say it’s always the biggest challenge early in the season because you’re kind of just really getting into that mode for the first time.”And for the first time, Patricia will be an NFL head coach in a game that counts Monday night in Detroit against the New York Jets .The 43-year-old Patricia declined to share his emotions entering a big day in his life, keeping people guessing Noah Fant Jersey , much like his mentor has done for years. He was on Bill Belichick’s staff for 14 seasons, serving as his defensive coordinator the last six years.Many years earlier, Patricia began his path to leading a team in the league by matching wits with buddies while playing electric football. Patricia, who is from Sherrill, New York, would set up miniature players on a vibrating, metal field to face off with friends in games that would continue for weeks.“I knew at a very young age the strategic part of the game was something that I just loved,” Patricia said when he was hired in February.When the Lions hired general manager Bob Quinn two-plus years ago, the former Patriots executive chose to keep Caldwell in 2016 and gave him a contract extension the next year. Quinn had his eye on Patricia over the last two years and cleared a path for them to reunite by firing Caldwell after last season’s 9-7 mark wasn’t good enough to put the team in the playoffs.Even if Detroit got into the postseason and lost http://www.cowboyscheapauthenticstore.com/trysten-hill-jersey-cheap , Caldwell might’ve been replaced by Patricia.Soon after New England lost in the Super Bowl, the Lions landed the coach they wanted by hiring Patricia, who earlier had other suitors.Detroit’s players liked playing for Caldwell. His cool and calm ways were respected and they appreciated that he cared about them off the field. They found out quickly Patricia was bringing a change of pace: a demonstrative and louder leader.“The way he came in just set the tone right away,” Lions linebacker Jarrad Davis said. “He came in, he laid down the law. He gave us the rules and he came in with energy.”No one in the NFL is really sure what a Patricia-led team will look like because what he showed in the preseason is not expected to be anything like what he’ll do in Week 1 against the Jets. Especially with New York starting a rookie quarterback, Sam Darnold.Jets coach Todd Bowles, though, knows what Patricia’s defenses looked like with the Patriots.“They’re always very smart,” Bowles said. “They’re always very tough-minded Drew Lock Jersey , and the execution and fundamentals are outstanding. He’s brought that to New England, I’m sure he’s brought that to Detroit. They’ve always been tough. He’s handled us quite a few times, so we have our work cut out for us.” CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — While Eric Reid is “not surprised” he’s been drug tested by the NFL six times in the past 11 weeks, his Panthers teammates and coaches are growing increasingly annoyed at the frequency of the league’s “random” drug testing policy.Coach Ron Rivera quipped Thursday at his news conference that “if my name came up that many times I would buy a lottery ticket.”Carolina wide receiver Torrey Smith added, “it’s very excessive.”“I don’t think there’s any secret about it that something is wrong with that,” said Smith, who noted that he has been tested “two or three times” this season in 15 weeks.Several veteran players say that is about the average for an entire season; Reid said that was his average before returning to the NFL.Reid said he has taken seven drug tests in all (one was mandatory) since signing with Carolina on Sept. 27, fined three times for illegal hits totaling nearly $50 http://www.broncoscheapauthenticstore.com/dre_mont-jones-jersey-cheap ,000 and ejected once.The sixth-year safety believes it all stems from his pending collusion case against the NFL that alleges owners conspired to keep him out of the league for kneeling alongside former San Francisco 49ers teammate Colin Kaepernick during the national anthem to protest social and racial injustice.“I’ve been a part of depositions,” Reid said. “I have been a part of this legal process and I’m not surprised in the slightest.”Reid said his teammates were more shocked than he was when he was selected to be tested again after Monday night’s loss to the Saints.The 27-year-old said he is not concerned about failing a drug test because he’s never failed one before, but he wants “it to be dually noted that it has happened. … It’s like stop-and-frisk. If am walking down the street it doesn’t mean I am doing anything illegal, but that doesn’t mean I should be stopped every time.”Reid said he’s not buying that the league doesn’t have any control over the random tests.“I perceive that the league is full of you-fill-in-the-blank,” Reid said. “I wish I could see y’all’s faces when, or if, what I know becomes public from this (collusion) lawsuit.”
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