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Lions blow another huge lead, Matt Patricia says coaching style not to blame

Detroit Lions head coach Matt Patricia watches during the first half of the team's NFL preseason football game against the Oakland Raiders on Friday, Aug. 10, 2018. (AP Photo/D. Ross Cameron)

The Lions keep blowing leads, but Matt Patricia said it not his coaching style that is to blame.

Detroit blew a 17-point lead in Sunday's season opening loss to the Chicago Bears, and in the process became just the fourth team since 2006 to blow a 17-point-or-more lead entering the fourth quarter.

According to NFL analyst Warren Sharp, NFL teams that entered the final quarter with such a lead had been 779-3 (99.6%) in that span.

The Lions have now blown 11 leads in Patricia's 33 career games as head coach. Patricia was asked Sunday if there is something about his coaching that has lead to so many late-game collapses.

"I don't think so, I think I have one of the biggest plays in the 4th quarter in the history of the NFL where I think I did a pretty good job, so I don't think it's that" said Patricia. "We've got a team right now that is different from the previous two years. This team is different. They have different players and a different mindset. I'm not looking back, we are looking forward and we are looking to make sure that this team understands these situations, and we have to come through better than what we did before."

Patricia is referring to Malcolm Butler’s last second goal line interception for the New England Patriots during Super Bowl XLIX, when he was the team’s defensive coordinator. That was five years ago.

The Lions are now 9-23-1 under Patricia since 2018. That tie? The result of a blown 18-point 4th quarter lead in the 2019 season opener against Arizona.