Lions make it official, hire Matt Patricia after Patriots' Super Bowl loss

by Steven Clarke February 8, 2018, 9:24
Lions make it official, hire Matt Patricia after Patriots' Super Bowl loss

For that, he thanks his wife.

"Jim Bob is on staff and he will be here", Patricia said. "About 10 years ago, my wife bought me a nice Tempur-Pedic mattress [for the office] because I was sleeping on the floor". The Cheshire, Conn. native holds a bachelor's degree in health and physical education from Penn State, as well as a Master of Science in Physical Education and Human Performance from Southern Connecticut State. Unless, of course, you know him.

In 2012 Patricia was named the Patriots defensive coordinator, although he had been calling plays on defense since the departure of defensive coordinator Dean Pees three years prior.

But Patricia did indicate more changes could be coming.

"I can't express enough appreciation to the entire New England Patriots family", Patricia said in a statement.

Lions president Rod Wood said Cooter wasn't forced on any candidate. He'll presumably coach against Bill Belichick and what will be a new-look staff.

But the real news at an Allen Park media briefing is that Patricia cleans up well.

The announcement comes one day after the Patriots lost Super Bowl 52 to the Philadelphia Eagles 41-33. "He gets his players to play hard and he's smart, creative". He was referring to the influx of questions surrounding the Lions head coaching position.

Patricia, a Vernon-Verona-Sherrill graduate, served as an offensive graduate assistant under Pasqualoni at Syracuse from 2001-03. With all that, the trademark pencil in his right ear was still there. Hired as coach of the New York Giants.

Ex-SU assistant coaches Chris White, Brian Stewart and David Corrao will join Patricia in Detroit as well. "He's been a remarkable mentor to me, not only as a football coach but also as a man and as a friend", he said. "I feel bad for the guys in the locker room because they're the ones that put in all that work". "I'll do anything I can to help them". "It became clear to both of us as we concluded this process that we wanted Matt Patricia as our next coach". He certainly couldn't pull the Belichick act if he can't bring the Belichickian winning with it. The former O-lineman spent the first two years of his Patriots career as an offensive assistant, breaking down film in minute detail.

Specifically, Patricia said that he and Quinn are of the same mind in terms of player evaluation and roster development.

The Patriots weren't known to have a great defense and it looked like it.

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