New Lions coach Matt Patricia: 'This is a dream come true'

Is New England's Rebel Coordinator the Next Great Head Coach?

He's in New England. Patricia was the Patriots' defensive coordinator the past six seasons.

After Jim Caldwell was sacked, Stafford expressed a desire to continue working with Cooter, while general manager Bob Quinn acknowledged that the new coach would have full autonomy over his coaching staff.

The Detroit Lions are turning to former National Football League offensive lineman and long-time offensive line coach Jeff Davidson to try and fix the problems with their running game.

A freshly trimmed Matt Patricia paused in the middle of his introductory news conference as the new Detroit Lions head coach to slide his famous pencil over his ear.

Patricia added: "But I certainly take all those lessons that I've learned, from how to teach and coach and the fond memories that we had in New England, similar to what I take from my learning experience at Syracuse, and even at the lower levels - Amherst College and even my playing years at RPI". He was the Patriots' defensive coordinator the past six seasons.

With Matt Patricia spending so much time in New England, some might be inclined to compare his style to Bill Belichick now that he's with the Lions.

"I think it's hard to really categorize a "Way, '" he said". Matt kind of addressed his research that he had done on our staff.

Quinn fired coach Jim Caldwell last month with a 36-28 mark over four years and two playoff appearances. He appeared to be in the running to be hired by his homestate New York Giants and perhaps the Arizona Cardinals, but choose the challenge in the Motor City at least in part because of his relationship with Quinn.

Years later, Patricia took a pivotal step toward his dream job after earning an aeronautical engineering degree at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute by being a graduate assistant at his alma mater. "No one forced him to consider anybody, but we wanted to hear their views on our coaching staff, we wanted to hear their views on our players, and ultimately he made the decision on the coaching staff he wanted to build, which included Jim Bob and a few of the other guys on the offensive side".

Jim Bob Cooter was not mentioned in the morning release, but he is listed on the team's website as its returning offensive coordinator.

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