NFL Network's Mike Garafolo reported on Good Morning Football Weekend that players in Detroit were not enjoying the new Lions atmosphere, after Patricia went hard on his players during training camp, including a lot of harsh criticisms from the coaching staff.
Safety Glover Quin, one of the team leaders, acknowledged the atmosphere is different.
"Players that were here previously, I'm pretty sure a lot of them are like, 'This is tougher, this is different,'" Quin said Wednesday, via MLive's Kyle Meinke. "But that's always expected when you have a new coach. It's just the way it is. The personalities (between Patricia and Caldwell) are completely different, so obviously the way things are brought about are completely different. It's just a part of it. It happens to every team, and you just deal with it.
Between harder practices and more restrictive rules put in place by Patricia, some players are bound to be rankled.
"There's a lot of guys in here, man," Quin said. "There's a lot of guys in the locker room. No way that everybody is going to be completely happy. That's never been the case. Even schedules we've had in the past, there's always complaints. It's just part of human nature.
"I don't know who they're talking to. Ask NFL Network who they're talking to. Like I say, there's always going to be differences and people are always going to have things to say. Our job is to focus on football and trying to win games. Everything is better when you're winning. If you're winning, you know, it's hard to complain. You're winning, so whatever you're doing must be working."
Patricia is a Belichick disciple, so of course he's going to set the tone with his new team. He'll have to get in new players if these guys don't want to work. Let's just hope he doesn't give up after week 1.