Homework became a new standard for many Americans in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, including for Lions chief Matt Patricia.
Typically, Patricia and her staff are currently conducting their draft preparation from the team’s practice center in Allen Park.
Not the case for Patricia & Co. this year.
Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s on-site shelter order for non-essential workers has forced much of the state’s population to stay at home.
Meanwhile, the NFL has shut down the team’s facilities across the league to help the effort “flatten the curve.” coronavirus.
This means a lot more time at home than usual for Patricia with his wife and three children.
“Normally, we’re just quarantined in the office,” said Patricia in an interview on WJR 760 on Friday. “That’s about what we do. It’s by far the most I’ve ever been at home, probably in my entire professional football career. . There are certainly parts that we are trying to understand, but honestly, I love my children, I love my wife. I’m great to be with them and just to be in a situation where everyone, first and foremost, is safe and healthy. This is the important thing. “
Patricia has always managed to keep her attention on the project, despite the unique circumstances of the NFL with an ongoing pandemic that has resulted in the suspension of all other major professional sports leagues.
But the need to work remotely definitely caused Patricia & Co. to function in a way they weren’t used to before.
“This is obviously a unique situation for all of us, not being on the ground, working directly with everyone,” said Patricia. “We (normally) have a lot of meetings, group meetings, being able to watch movies and discuss topics in this conference room. It has been a bit of a different challenge for us, but there are different apps and software that we are using right now to be able to do these things, which is great, so that we can stay on top of the work that needs to be done. “
The Lions are on the clock in the 2020 draft for the first time at No. 3 in total, and have a total of nine choices.
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