For the second week in a row, Matt Patricia will guide his Detroit Lions against a familiar coaching foe on the other sideline. Last week was New England and Bill Belichick, when the Patriots came to Allen Park for three days of joint practices and the preseason opener for both.
This week sends Patricia and the Lions to Houston to face Bill O’Brien and the Texans. Both Patricia and O’Brien worked as assistants under Belichick, with Patricia on defense and O’Brien handling offenses before both landed head coaching gigs. The familiarity extends beyond Patricia, too; Lions QB coach Sean Ryan held that role in Houston under O’Brien until this year.
Patricia and O’Brien know each other well, which should lead to some interesting practice sessions. Here are some of the things to watch for when the teams clash at the Reliant complex in steamy Houston.