How will Patricia era look?
This isn’t only the start of the Patricia era, it’s the start of the Quinn-Patricia era. The Lions hired Quinn from the Patriots in 2016, but he inherited Jim Caldwell as his coach and made few coaching changes. When Quinn hired Patricia, his buddy from scouting trips they took together as Patriots grunts, it really kicked off the start of Quinn being able to realize his own vision through a trusted alliance with his old friend.
When Bruce Arians retired as head coach of the Arizona Cardinals in January, he recommended then-Redbirds defensive coordinator James Bettcher as his successor, according to Dan Duggan of NJ Advance Media.
I thought he was more than ready to be a head coach and he’s one of the best young coordinators in the league. His statistics speak for themselves. But what he did with our defense the second half of our season was amazing, especially when we were out of the playoffs and we just got better and better. Credit to him that our guys kept playing so hard for him.
Ledbetter also noted the Falcons are concerned that Jones has been working out this offseason with a former wide receiver who was known for disrupting the locker room.
The fact that he’s running around with Terrell Owens has the front office uneasy, Ledbetter said. The fact that he’s held out and is kind of bucking the whole Brotherhood thing has them a little bit uneasy, too. So, they’ll have to mend some fences, no question about it, once he returns.
When the Falcons held their mandatory minicamp last week, Jones was not with the team as he continues to seek a new contract.
The good news is that there are conversations that have begun, Quinn told reportersThursday. We’ll keep those private. I have a lot of faith in the organization and also in Julio that things will get resolved with good communications. I’m sure that’ll be a part of it as well.