The hiring of Lions coach Matt Patricia carries with it a surprising new caveat that, depending on the manner in which the dominoes fall, could threaten to end his tenure before it even really begins.
On one hand, that’s what a lawyer is supposed to say. On the other hand, false accusations do indeed happen.
But while the case was the subject of news reports and public records in the early days of the Internet, it appears that the Lions didn’t know about the allegations when hiring Patricia. According to Snell, team president Rod Wood initially said, “I don’t know anything about this.” Wood later provided a statement of support for Patricia and the manner in which he was hired.
“I am very comfortable with the process of interviewing and employing Matt,” Wood told Snell. “I will tell you with 1,000-percent certainty that everything I’ve learned confirmed what I already knew about the man and would have no way changed our decision to make him our head coach.”
Steve Wyche of NFL Media reports that the team does not plan to sign a running back as a result of Ingram’s ban.
The Saints currently have Daniel Lasco, Trey Edmunds, Jonathan Williams and sixth-round pick Boston Scott at running back behind Kamara. That group has 47 career carries between them and if the Saints do change their plans it would likely be a result of being unimpressed by the group’s work in upcoming practice sessions.
As noted on Tuesday, DeMarco Murray and one-time Saint Adrian Peterson are among the veteran options on the open market.
Ingram’s attorney released a statement on Wednesday saying he was waiting for the full report from the arbitrator who denied his appeal and that they “will explore what further options are needed” once it comes in.