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Matt Patricia Is Officially the Lions Coach — No Surprise Here

Matt Patricia Is Officially the Lions Coach — No Surprise Here

He worked his way up to defensive coordinator in 2012.

In a way, that's what Patricia will be doing in Detroit.

Matt Patricia now has the task of getting this team to the playoffs and beyond. This Patriots defense has not been great all year long, so it shouldn't be that big of a surprise that they were shredded as heavily as they were.

"This position comes with great responsibility and I will commit every ounce of my energy to this football team", Patricia said.

"Quite simply, I've been incredibly fortunate to work with (Belichick), who, I believe, is the greatest coach in National Football League history", Patricia said.

"Matt is driven to succeed, has extreme passion for the game and excels in preparation".

Under Patricia, the Patriots defense was among the NFL's best. "You'd have to talk to those teams that are involved".

"To try and be Bill Belichick is impossible". Greg Schiano, a close friend of Belichick, and the current defensive coordinator at Ohio State was the rumored new Pats defensive coordinator on Monday although they could likewise stay in house and promote linebackers coach Brian Flores who recently interviewed for the Cardinals head coaching job.

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Patricia in New England developed a reputation as a "players' coach" thanks to his approach to the personal side of the profession.

"I can't express enough appreciation to the entire New England Patriots franchise, particularly Robert and Jonathan Kraft and their entire family".

"I think he has a lot of the qualities that are necessary to be a good head coach", King said. We obviously came up a little bit short, but just tell those guys how much I appreciate them. I give them all the credit. And we knew that wouldn't happen until after the Super Bowl. That's especially the case with New England's head coach. The team ranked in the top 10 in scoring defense during all six of his seasons as defensive coordinator despite ranking in the bottom 10 in yards allowed during three of those six campaigns.

Patricia has been a part of the New England Patriots staff since being hired by head coach Bill Belichick in 2004. Patricia's system of bend but don't break will mesh well with a Lions offense that finished in the top 10 in nearly every statistical passing category in 2017.

Quinn fired coach Jim Caldwell last month with a record eight games above.500 over four years and postseason appearances in 2016 and 2014.

As of Sunday, ESPN's Adam Schefter reported that offensive coordinator Jim Bob Cooter, who Matt Stafford rallied behind following Caldwell's firing, will remain on Patricia's staff in the same role. Defensively, players such as Glover Quin, Darius Slay, Jarrad Davis and A'Shawn Robinson form a promising core. The site even goes as far as to name Alex Grinch his replacement in Columbus. Given the long-term mediocrity of the franchise, a coaching change felt necessary. And, Quinn claims, he brings the Lions the correct level of leadership, too. "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.

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