Lucas Patrick hit the nail on the head.
One of the biggest criticism of former head coach Matt Nagy was how his offense lacked accountability. No matter how many mistakes players made during games or in practice, it never felt like the coaches did anything about it. Jobs weren’t threatened. Playing time wasn’t reduced. Everything continued as if nothing was wrong. Nagy expected the players to learn from their mistakes and be better next time. He failed to understand that isn’t how it works. Some players might have the maturity to hold themselves to a high standard. In truth, most of them don’t. That is why leadership is needed.
This is probably why Luke Getsy wanted to bring him in from Green Bay. He knew what the veteran could do for the Bears locker room.
He stepped out of a pretty sweet situation with the Green Bay Packers. Few organizations have enjoyed more offensive success in the past three decades than them. Part of it was having the great fortune of back-to-back Hall of Fame quarterbacks. However, it goes beyond that. One player alone, even a quarterback, doesn’t define offensive success. It takes a collective effort of 11 guys. The new Bears center was asked on 670 The Score what helped Green Bay remain consistent on that side of the ball and what his new team needs.
Olin Kreutz was a perfect example. Nobody was allowed to go half-speed with him on the field. If they did, they wouldn’t survive the rest of the day. Lucas Patrick hopes to play a similar role. He can’t fix all the offensive problems on his own. What he can do is hold other guys to a high standard. When they make mistakes, he will call them out on it. No loafing is allowed. Either fix the problem or get off the field.