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orth and there are signs they may have a hard time getting back into the division race.When coach Matt Patricia met with reporters on Monday Womens Matt Wile Jersey , he didn't wait for their questions on his team's 24-9 loss to division rival Minnesota."There's a lot of corrections to be made, a lot of things we obviously have got to do better," Patricia said in his opening remarks. "There were some good things on the tape, but just way too many bad things that overshadowed it."Those good moments certainly would have been condensed to tiny snippets. The bad ones were splattered all over the game tape.On Monday night, the Lions fired special teams coordinator Joe Marciano."I spoke to Joe and informed him of my decision to relieve him of his responsibilities with our team," Patricia said in a statement. "I appreciate Joe's leadership of our special teams units over the last three and a half seasons and have great respect for his many years of service as a coach in the National Football League. On behalf of our team and the entire coaching staff, I want to personally thank Joe for his commitment to the Detroit Lions and wish him and his family the best moving forward."Detroit's team has been in reverse lately.The Vikings (5-3-1) limited Detroit to a season-low 209 yards as the Lions (3-5) lost their second straight. Minnesota's defense sacked Matthew Stafford a franchise-record 10 times."I am embarrassed," Lions center Graham Glasgow said. "It was a bad day for us Dan Bailey Jersey , and our team. We need learn from this."Detroit was held to single digits in points for the first time since a 17-6 loss to the New York Giants on Dec. 18, 2016. The Lions put together just two drives of more than 30 yards and were 4 for 15 on third downs."What happens is as the season goes on and you have some success in certain areas, teams are going to gear up to try and stop those things that you do, and you're going to have to do it differently," Patricia said. "We've got to be able to handle those changes better than what we're doing right now."And on the other side, the Lions have allowed a run play of 40 or more yards in five games this season."We've had weeks where we feel we didn't necessarily perform on the one day of the week where we have to perform well," Patricia said.As he readies his team for another division road game Sunday at against the NFC North-leading Chicago Bears (5-3), Patricia is convinced that player for player http://www.thevikingslockerroom.com/authentic-randy-moss-jersey , his team matches up equally with every other team in the division."I think we have a lot of good players on this team, I really do," Patricia said.Patricia said talent isn't the issue bringing down his team."I would say with both offensive and defensive lines, the point of emphasis is fundamentals," Patricia said. "Some of our fundamentals got out of whack. Some of our techniques weren't necessarily where it needs to be on a consistent basis."Fundamentals and execution is what's holding us back now. That's where we've got to start."The problem he faces is that with the majority of practice time each week dedicated to game-planning, Patricia will be hard-pressed to find time to go back to basics with his team.After a 1-3 start, the Lions won two straight and looked to have righted their season. But these past two losses have them struggling again."As a team, we need to get better Womens Ameer Abdullah Jersey ," receiver Marvin Jones said. "It is definitely disappointing, but at the same time, we just have to go out there and execute. We cannot shoot ourselves in the foot. I think we definitely did that and we just have to get better."Lions offensive lineman Frank Ragnow perhaps summed up the state of the team as they reached the midseason point."If you're not taking a step forward in this league, then you're taking a step back," Ragnow said. As the Minnesota Vikings continue to explore possible veteran options to back up Kirk Cousins, a current member of the roster says heís the man for the job.According to Chris Tomasson of the , Kyle Sloter, who has spent the last two seasons on the Vikings roster Marcus Epps Minnesota Vikings Jerseys , believes heís ready to step into the role.ďAs far as the backup job, Iím more than ready to do it,Ē Sloter said ďIíve been ready I feel like for a while. For one reason or another, they have kept me in the role that Iíve been in and thatís their decision.ĒSloter has spent the last two seasons with the Vikings buried on the teamís depth chart. Originally signed by the Denver Broncos as an undrafted free agent out of Northern Colorado, Sloter moved on to the Vikings after he was released at the end of training camp. He was active for six games as a rookie as Teddy Bridgewater and Sam Bradford dealt with injuries, but he never saw any action. He was inactive for every game last season with Cousins starting and Trevor Siemian as the backup.Siemian is now out of the picture after signing with the New York Jets. However, the Vikings are interested in former Los Angeles Rams backup Sean Mannion as a possible veteran option instead. Even if the Vikings add Mannion or a different veteran option, Sloter said heís ready to show he deserves the job.ďItís never a given Minnesota Vikings Jerseys 2019 , itís always earned,Ē Sloter said. ďIím going to have to prove that I can do it first, and if thatís something they want to put on my plate, Iím ready to tackle it.Ē

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