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Is ex-Patriots DC Matt Patricia on the hot seat in Detroit?

Is ex-Patriots DC Matt Patricia on the hot seat in Detroit?

Matt Patricia's head coaching career has gotten off to a rocky start.

The former New England Patriots defensive coordinator has gone 9-22-1 in his first two seasons as head coach of the Detroit Lions. On top of that, multiple ex-Lions players including Glover Quin and Darius Slay have publicly ripped Patricia for his coaching style.

There was some speculation last year about Patricia being on the hot seat. However, despite the 3-12-1 finish to the 2019 campaign, the Lions decided to give the three-time Super Bowl champion a chance to bounce back in Year 3. 

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So will 2020 be the do-or-die year for Patricia in Detroit? Justin Rogers of the Detroit News joined Phil Perry on the latest edition of "Patriots Opposing Views" to discuss.

"He was on the hot seat last year. He needed the vote of confidence from an owner that never speaks," Rogers told Perry. "She took the time to make sure to pull aside a few of the beat writers and announce that Patricia and [Bob] Quinn would both be coming back.

"And then within that, standards were set. This team needs to contend for the playoffs. And I know that's kind of a vague terminology, but I don't think going 3-10 out the gate is going to save his job. They're legitimately going to have to be competing in the month of December for a playoff spot to come back in 2021 assuming the 2020 season goes off as expected."

If contending for a playoff spot is what Patricia needs to do to keep his job, he'll have his work cut out for him. The Lions have finished dead last in the NFC North the last two seasons and don't project to be a contender for a division title in 2020 either.

Detroit did add some intriguing talent via the draft, namely Ohio State cornerback Jeff Okudah and Georgia running back D'Andre Swift. A number of former Patriots players are on the roster as well, including safety Duron Harmon and linebacker Jamie Collins.

Perhaps they could begin trending in the right direction, but if not, it sounds like there's a real chance Patricia will be looking for a new job next year.

Patriots TE Devin Asiasi joins Cam Newton, N'Keal Harry for workouts

Patriots TE Devin Asiasi joins Cam Newton, N'Keal Harry for workouts

Twelve days ago, Cam Newton was still a free agent looking for work.

But ever since he agreed to a one-year contract with the Patriots, he's been very busy trying to get ready for the 2020 season, learning the playbook and developing chemistry with his new receivers.

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In addition to N'Keal Harry, whose workout with Newton was captured on video, rookie tight end Devin Asiasi was also catching passes from New England's new quarterback. Twitter user amirmehrtash15 took pictures with both Asiasi and Newton at the UCLA practice session and posted them in reponse to the Providence Journal's Mark Daniels.

The workout wasn't limited to Patriots, as Browns wideout Odell Beckham Jr. was also in attendance.

Newton trying to fast-track a relationship with his new teammates makes perfect sense. He set up his first practice with Mohamed Sanu on the day he signed his Patriots contract, and in less than two weeks, he's already connected with three of the guys who will be among his top receiving options in 2020.

The Patriots certainly hope all that extra work pays off, as training camps could open as soon as the end of this month once the NFL and NFLPA can finalize preseason dates.

Jarvis Landry begs Tom Brady to speak up: 'We need to hear you'

Jarvis Landry begs Tom Brady to speak up: 'We need to hear you'

Tom Brady has lent his name, voice, and stature when players have had issues with the NFL in the past. In 2011, the then-Patriots quarterback was among 10 players who sued the NFL in federal court in an antitrust lawsuit asking to prevent a lawsuit.

And now, one of Brady's NFL brethren is asking the Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback to step up again.

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Browns wide receiver Jarvis Landry tweeted at Brady Thursday night, imploring the future Hall of Famer to step up and lend his voice on calls with the NFL.

While Landry didn't specify what he was asking Brady to speak up about, the NFL and NFL Players Association have been discussing a litany of issues regarding the upcoming 2020 season, which is only two months away.

A variety of medical and testing protocol questions amid the coronavirus pandemic have yet to be resolved, and the league's ban on postgame jersey swaps was widely lampooned by players on Thursday.

NBC Sports Boston's Tom E. Curran even suggested that the league should postpone the season by a month while it gets its business in order, but for now Landry wants one of the league's most prominent players to assist in the process.

He explained why he called out Brady specifically in a response to a tweet criticizing him for his original post. (Warning: NSFW language below.)

Whether or not Brady lends his voice, the time to figure out all of the roadblocks to a 2020 season is rapidly running out. Rookies are scheduled to report to training camps a week from Sunday.