Detroit Lions announce new coaching staff hires under Matt Patricia

Sheri Evans
February 8, 2018

Ex-SU assistant coaches Chris White, Brian Stewart and David Corrao will join Patricia in Detroit as well. "I thrived on it".

But instead of rolling into Detroit with the same getup, a freshly cut, properly-dressed Patricia took the podium in Detroit with only his signature pencil behind the ear as the last visual trace of his time as Patriots defensive coordinator.

Well, it's officially game time in the Motor City.

It's safe to say Patricia cleans up rather nicely but I have to admit that I would have liked to see him keep his epic beard. "You want to kind of make sure you tailor what you do to the players that you have, so that they can perform at a high level out on the field". The Patriots' defense finished in the Top 10 in scoring every year Patricia was the coordinator dating back to 2012. Fans should not expect a Patriots reboot, rather for Patricia to draw on his experiences in New England and at Syracuse University while leaning on his assembled coaching staff.

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Since winning the 1957 National Football League title, Detroit's only postseason victory was more than a quarter-century ago.

Patricia takes over a Lions team that hasn't won a playoff game since 1991 and has gone through seven previous head coaches since 2000. New England has always been a team during this dynasty that was famous for its halftime adjustments both offensively and defensively.

"We sat next to each other in a lot of team meetings in New England for many of our years together", Quinn recalled. Just a few hours earlier, the team announced that the 43-year-old will be bringing one of his longtime mentors along for the ride: Boston College football defensive line coach Paul Pasqualoni.

After being a graduate assistant at RPI in 1996, Patricia shifted gears to be an aeronautical engineer for two years. One of the things that made Patricia such a coveted head-coaching candidate was the reputation he built as being a coordinator who schemed a defense week to week based on the opponent. He even refused to directly confirm that Jim Bob Cooter will be the offensive coordinator, instead saying Cooter "is on staff" and "will be here". "Obviously, he's done a great job here with what he's been able to accomplish with (quarterback Matthew) Stafford and the offense".

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