Jim Caldwell Takes Subtle Shot at Matt Patricia

Max Staley
Jim Caldwell took a subtle shot at Matt Patricia.
Jim Caldwell took a subtle shot at Matt Patricia. / Leon Halip/Getty Images
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It's only natural for Jim Caldwell to harbor some resentment toward Matt Patricia. He was 36-28 in his four years as the head coach of the Detroit Lions, but the organization elected to move on after he posted back-to-back nine-win seasons. Patricia inherited the team after that stretch and has already lost more games in 2.5 years than Caldwell did in four. Patricia finished his tenure with a 13-29-1 record.

And speaking with Adam Schefter on "The Adam Schefter Podcast", Caldwell took some not-so-subtle shots at the Lions' former coach.

I think leadership is far too underestimated in terms of directing teams, particularly in the National Football League... There are a lot of people who get caught up with those individuals that might try to wow you, in terms of what they might know in terms of knowledge of the game -- 'gurus' -- and have been labeled as such... What it boils down to is being able to lead a team, and not everybody can do that. I think more so than anything else, you got to lead by example. There's a great book that says, 'Lead by example, and when all else fails, use words.' And I believe that.

Jim Caldwell

Though he never mentions him by name, this is a rather obvious dig at Patricia, who was labeled a defensive guru after working under Bill Belichick for years.

Clearly, he was overhyped in that regard. Detroit never finished better than 16th in points allowed, currently sitting at 31st in 2020 after finishing 26th in 2019.

It's hard to argue with Caldwell's point.


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