When the New England Patriots defense is flying high coordinator Matt Patricia is the toast of the town, and when they are struggling, he’s just burnt toast.
Patricia seemed to be a little on edge when questioned about the Patriots defensive unit, which has been going through changes with the trades of Chandler Jones in the offseason and Jamie Collins,
who were main cogs two years ago when the team won the Super Bowl.
The quiet coach was asked if he is not taking advantage of the talent on the defensive side of the ball while showing he didn’t appreciate the probe.
“That’s a pretty negative question there,” Patricia said, via UPI.com.
“I’m going to try to put the positive spin on that. I mean, you know that’s what coaches do. We try to look at the good side of it. We really try to coach everything that comes our way.”
“We’re going to go out and compete and do the best we can and try to improve week in (and) week out with whoever is out there, and that’s what we try to do,” Patricia said.
“I think the part of the season in the NFL that is great is (that) it’s a long season. It’s a season that is continuously evolving.
“If you look at the teams through the course of the different seasons that have played that have wound up in the end where you want to be, I’m sure those teams have gone through a lot of different things throughout the season. We’re just kind of in that mix. It’s getting toward Thanksgiving. We’re going to try to play our best football here moving forward with whoever is out there and try to get better no matter what.”
“That’s where we go in and just try to adjust. For us, trying to keep it at that even keel mentality is what works best, honestly. You don’t get too high, you don’t get too low and you try to stay consistent. That has probably been the most productive way to handle things.”