Lions practice outside, leaving players confused, Matt Patricia in shorts
The Detroit Lions are set to play three consecutive games at the climate-controlled Ford Field, beginning with Sunday’s showdown with the Carolina Panthers. So, Matt Patricia’s decision to have the team practice outside in the snow on Thursday a somewhat perplexing one.
In fact, Lions players were left confused about the outdoors practice session. Patricia, meanwhile, appeared to be in his element, even rocking shorts in the snow.
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Lions cornerback Darius Slay called the conditions “rough” and was not quite sure what to make of his coach’s decision.
“I don’t know. I mean, I’m just out there trying to stay warm, really,” Slay said about the unconventional practice environment, via ESPN. “Like you said, we got indoor games. Obviously, it doesn’t even matter.”
It’s not the first time the Lions have practice outdoors this season ahead of a game expected to be played in a comfortable environment, as Patricia held practice outside last month ahead of a game in Miami against the Dolphins.
“There are advantages to going inside and outside regardless of where you play,” Patricia said ahead of the Dolphins game. “It doesn’t really matter.”
Patricia could also be trying to snap the Lions out of their recent slumber. Losers of three straight, the Lions (3-6) are on the edge of irrelevancy.
Stafford jokingly suspected there may have been a more devious reason behind Patricia’s decision to practice outdoors.
“I figured coach wanted to do it to make you guys [the media] stand outside and watch us,” Stafford said, before adding it’s good to get reps in cold weather with road games coming up in December against the Bills and Packers.
All kidding aside, given how Patricia recently criticized a media member for his poor posture at a press conference, perhaps standing out in the cold isn’t that bad.