The Lions seemed to run more and hit more. "We had too many of them, I had too many of them".
On the practice field over the last several weeks, it wasn't hard to see or hear Patricia.
Patricia was in his first game as Detroit's head coach after six years as the New England Patriots' defensive coordinator.
The burly man with a bushy beard and a pencil over his right ear moves around a lot, spending time with various position groups during drills to share his expertise on both sides of the ball. "We'll get better moving forward".
The Jets won five games last season. "Obviously you can't always make it happen, that's going to be what we're striving for".
"We were calling out their plays as (Stafford was) getting up to the line", Lee said, via the New York Post. Do we need to scale back from that standpoint?'
You're probably aware Jon Gruden returns to head coaching with the Oakland Raiders after a decade in the Monday Night Football TV booth as analyst. "It's a team game, and it starts with me".
Sam Darnold has thrown two touchdown passes in his National Football League debut as the New York Jets scored 31 unanswered points in the third quarter to ruin Matt Patricia's debut as head coach and thump the Detroit Lions 48-17.
He also outplayed 30-year-old Matthew Stafford.
Patricia's also the latest member of the Belichick coaching family to sink without his Belichick floaties. "They obviously are the ones that played well tonight", Patricia said.
"I know it sounds insane, but we're a lot better football team than we showed", tackle Taylor Decker said.
The Detroit offense was even worse.
But the wheels began falling off for the Lions soon afterwards.
Detroit's players liked playing for Caldwell. They added a field goal for good measure. They found out quickly Patricia was bringing a change of pace: a demonstrative and louder leader.
An anemic first quarter of offense set the tone. "He came in, he laid down the law". "We had a couple good plays".
The Detroit Lions will kick off their 2018 season against the New York Jets, and the consensus about their first game (7:10 p.m. EDT, ESPN, ESPN2) is about as firm as Sunday night's second-half lead by the Chicago Bears - in other words, not very.
After edging into a 17-10 half-time lead, the Jets cut loose in the third quarter, piling on 31 points to surge into a 48-17 lead heading into the fourth quarter. The Detroit D picked off Sam Darnold's first pass as a professional and returned it for a touchdown, but then couldn't figure out the rookie quarterback the rest of the way.