It’s early in the game for the Detroit Lions, but head coach Matt Patricia is already under fire for his latest coaching gaffe.
Perhaps the biggest takeaway of this season for Detroit is the inability to call successful plays on offense. Well, this flaw that continues to plague the Lions is back once again.
Although the Lions lead the Minnesota Vikings right now, the team had back-to-back questionable coaching decisions in the first quarter.
The first mistake was running the football on third and long, which clearly wasn’t going to sit well with the fans. However, Patricia wasn’t done leaving people shaking their head in the stadium. After not converting on third down, the Lions decided to punt the ball when they were actually in field-goal range.
A 3rd-and-13 run for a loss of 4, followed by a punt from Minnesota's 37. Gross.
— Chris Burke (@ChrisBurkeNFL) December 23, 2018
Fans have zero patience with Patricia at this point, even though it’s his first year as a head coach in the NFL.
Fans boo after another questionable call on 3rd down, giving Riddick the ball up middle with 13 yards to go and Lions punt from Vikings 38 instead of trying 55-yard FG with Prater with 3-0 lead late 1Q
— Larry Lage (@LarryLage) December 23, 2018
Despite these questionable decisions on offense, the Lions still lead 6-0 over the Vikings in the first half.
The game is on FOX.