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Matt Patricia explains challenges of establishing new culture in Detroit

Ryan Hannable
September 19, 2018 - 3:00 pm

FOXBORO -- Things have not gone well for Matt Patricia in Detroit so far this season.

The new head coach is 0-2 and there have been reports that the veteran players do not like the new culture he's trying to establish.

Speaking on a conference call with Patriots reporters Wednesday, Patricia was asked about the challenges of establishing a culture in a new place.

"I think it’s always going to have some challenges when you go to a new place and you’re trying to do the best you can to coach it the way that you want it coached and do things the right way, do what you think is going to help the team win," Patricia said. "There’s always challenges and there’s always actually rewards. There’s other aspects of it that come into play like the players and unique guys that when I got here have different ways to do things and different opinions, which is great because I think that helps you grow as a coach and kind of helps the program develop its own way. That’s the most important thing, is that whatever we’re trying to do out here is basically the collective kind of achievement where everybody has a say and we’re going to do some things a certain way but other things we’re going to try to do the best we can to just do it the best way or the way that suits us the best. I think that’s the best way to put it.

"So, kind of like any sort of change or new environment or whatever location may be, those are – those challenges are always there but there’s also a lot of positives that come out of it too. The relationships and just learning different ways to do things, being around different guys is good, there’s also a real benefit."

Giving up 78 total points in two games as a head coach is not the ideal way to start, and it's not going to get any easier facing the Patriots offense Sunday.

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