Published: Thu, February 08, 2018
Sports | By Brett Lawson

Should Lions still want Patricia?

Should Lions still want Patricia?

He was the Patriots' defensive coordinator the past six seasons. For that, he thanks his wife.

All that said, he's still the same pencil-wielding Patricia. "About 10 years ago, my wife bought me a nice Tempur-Pedic mattress [for the office] because I was sleeping on the floor".

He earned an aeronautical engineering degree at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and later added a master's degree in education from the University of MA to his resume. I knew at a very young age the strategic part of the game was something I loved.

But as much as professionalism matters when you're a high-level manager at a billion-dollar company, it's the unscripted moments in hallways and meeting rooms, lockers and on the sideline, that'll make or break Patricia's tenure.

". Quite simply, I've been incredibly fortunate to work with, who I believe, is the greatest coach in National Football League history". "I'm just trying to do everything in my power to do everything right". I would have to guess that winning with Bill Belichick played a rather large role in the decision to hire the defense-minded coach.

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Patricia said he is not trying to replicate what Belichick has done with New England.

Patricia is joining the Lions after spending the last 14 seasons with the Pats, who were left contemplating the possible end of an era after an upset 41-33 loss in the Super Bowl to the Philadelphia Eagles.

In the pot of head coaching candidates that simmered over the past several weeks, Matt Patricia's name was one of the hottest. "He gets his players to play hard and he's smart, creative". Ten years later, he got his first head coaching gig at Western Connecticut State.

Patricia is largely viewed as a player's coach, and somewhat of a renegade. Patricia was an offensive graduate assistant under Pasqualoni at Syracuse from 2001 to 2003.

That relationship can't be overstated, and it's the biggest reason Patricia is in Detroit. He's been a remarkable mentor to me, not only as a football coach but also as a man and as a friend. If it doesn't happen at this point, then I'm not sure it ever will for my guys. "I'll do anything I can to help them". After assistant coaching gigs at Rensselaer, Amherst College, and Syracuse University, Patricia was hired by the Patriots in 2004 as an offensive assistant. He previously served as the Denver Broncos' coach during the 2009 and 2010 seasons.

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