Lions hire Patriots assistant Matt Patricia as new head coach

Lions hire Patriots assistant Matt Patricia as new head coach

Javier Howell
February 7, 2018

"I'm incredibly honored and grateful to be named head coach of the Detroit Lions", Patricia said in a statement released by the team.

The Detroit Lions officially announced the hiring of Matt Patricia Monday afternoon. Before that, Patricia eight years as a graduate assistant and defensive coordinator at the collegiate level.

He was on Bill Belichick's staff for 14 seasons, overlapping with Quinn for many years. The record, however, left the Lions at seventh in the NFC and on the outside looking in at the playoffs, leading general manager Bob Quinn to relieve Caldwell of his duties the morning after the season finale. "He has been preparing for this opportunity his entire career, and he's ready for the responsibility and its challenges", said Lions GM Bob Quinn. As I wrote earlier, you need to change the culture in Detroit, and Patricia might be the guy to get the job done. "My family is excited to become part of this wonderful city that displays so much passion for their teams", says Patricia. He graduated from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, N.Y., with an aeronautical engineering degree and went earned a master's in education from the University of MA. I remember some Detroit sportswriter-type talked about the Lions actually getting a coach that other teams wanted.

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Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford had previously lobbied to keep Cooter on staff following Caldwell's firing, saying he hoped the team would maintain continuity on offense after offensive line coach Ron Prince was also fired.

"He's been a remarkable mentor to me, not only as a football coach but also as a man and as a friend", Patricia said. He was referring to the influx of questions surrounding the Lions head coaching position. Quite simply, I've been incredibly fortunate to work with, who I believe, is the greatest coach in National Football League history. During that time, he posted a 36-28 mark and failed to win a playoff game in the two years the team made it to the postseason.

The Lions already have started interviewing potential assistants for Patricia's staff, and Patricia has informed several of last year's coaches they will not return. As a Lions fan, I love this hire.