Editorial

Matt Patricia Coaching On Crutches Is An All-Time Football Guy Move

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David Hookstead Smoke Room Editor-in-Chief

Detroit Lions coach Matt Patricia coached on crutches Sunday in a tie to the Arizona Cardinals, and it was an awesome move.

Patricia has had some health issues, and had to get surgery on an achilles tendon. That has taken away his mobility, but that didn’t stop him from being on the sidelines. (RELATED: Detroit Lions Tie The Arizona Cardinals 27-27 To Open The Season)

He found himself some crutches to coach up the guys instead of having to be in the booth. Check out a pair of photos of him from the game below.

GLENDALE, ARIZONA - SEPTEMBER 08: Head coach Matt Patricia of the Detroit Lions watches pregame warm ups prior to a game against the Arizona Cardinals at State Farm Stadium on September 08, 2019 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images)

GLENDALE, ARIZONA – SEPTEMBER 08: Head coach Matt Patricia of the Detroit Lions watches pregame warm ups prior to a game against the Arizona Cardinals at State Farm Stadium on September 08, 2019 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images)

GLENDALE, ARIZONA - SEPTEMBER 08: Head coach Matt Patricia of the Detroit Lions walks on to the field prior to the NFL football game against the Arizona Cardinals at State Farm Stadium on September 08, 2019 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Ralph Freso/Getty Images)

GLENDALE, ARIZONA – SEPTEMBER 08: Head coach Matt Patricia of the Detroit Lions walks on to the field prior to the NFL football game against the Arizona Cardinals at State Farm Stadium on September 08, 2019 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Ralph Freso/Getty Images)

I can’t even begin to tell you how much I love this move. Yes, the Lions didn’t win yesterday. Yes, they pissed away an 18 point lead. Yes, Darrell Bevell took one of the dumbest timeouts in the history of football.

However, you’re simply lying to yourself if you can’t admit that Patricia coaching on crutches is awesome. It’s an all-time football guy move.

 

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It’s going to be a long time before I’m over the loss from yesterday. It’s going to be a very long time because it was 100% avoidable.

That game should have been ours. The fact it wasn’t is embarrassing. Having said that, I love the spirit and attitude from Patricia to coach on crutches.

At least he’s sticking it out with the guys and fighting through the pain.