How College Coaches Helped Matt Patricia Prepare for Virtual Offseason

Vito Chirco

Matt Patricia, like many Americans, has had to adjust to a new way of life due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

His work as Lions head man has been readily altered, with the NFL having transitioned to a virtual offseason for the first time in league history.

It started with how he conducted his preparation for the 2020 NFL Draft.

Out were pro days and private workouts to a large degree, and in were in-depth conversations with college head coaches that already had been forced to pivot from inside-the-classroom and on-field instruction to teaching via Zoom and other video conferencing platforms because of the coronavirus.

As Albert Breer details in his latest piece for Sports Illustrated's The MMQB, 

"He (Patricia) spoke with Ohio State coach Ryan Day a bunch, as he vetted three guys he wound up drafting—corner Jeff Okudah, guard Jonah Jackson and defensive tackle Jashon Cornell—and Day explained to him that he’d already been able to pull off full clinics using streaming video in front of larger groups, rather than just breaking things up into smaller gatherings."

Patricia also picked up a vital lesson from Georgia head coach Kirby Smart regarding his Wi-Fi, as he drew some intel from Smart on Detroit's second-round pick, running back D'Andre Swift.

"Bulldog coach Kirby Smart took him through how differing Wi-Fi connections, from one person’s setup to another’s, could throw off the video presentation, which became a focus for Patricia as he and his staff got ready for what was coming," Breer said.

All of the preparation made Patricia and his staff ready for any possible technological snafus that could've occurred during the virtual draft.

The Lions' draft seemingly went seamless, though, as nine players were selected by the franchise.

Potentially, it was a good omen for what will be an ultra important 2020 campaign for Patricia & Co. in Motown.

To read more of Breer's story on Patricia's virtual offseason preparation, click here. 

Comments (13)
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Genna Rose
Genna Rose

I love seeing how Detroit teams are adapting during the pandemic. Everyone is getting creative! Great work, Vito!

Dakota Brecht
Dakota Brecht

Well, I am happy with the OSU players we picked up. I’m glad the draft went off without any hiccups technically speaking!

Bill Enright
Bill Enright

Patricia was a grad student/coach when I was at Syracuse. He's legit rocket scientist type of brilliant.

John Maakaron
John Maakaron

Editor

Matt Patricia and Co. certainly are doing there due diligence to make sure the meetings go well. With several veterans on the roster, I'm not as concerned about the virtual nature of the offseason

RunBarryRun
RunBarryRun

Get the ball to Golladay. Plan complete.

DetroitsFinest1
DetroitsFinest1

A ton must go into preparing a football meeting with 100 people!! Patricia seems to like it

julie iannuzzi
julie iannuzzi

I won't lie, sometimes I hate wifi and zoom.

Jaime Eisner
Jaime Eisner

More than a few businesses could use the same tech advice for meetings haha

bykatherineross
bykatherineross

Can't wait until sports are back...

DanKuhn14
DanKuhn14

Could use someone to virtually prepare me for life

ErikaSantoro
ErikaSantoro

The new way of life..

kdriscoll
kdriscoll

Makes sense. Always interested in the nfl-college connections.


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