Patricia introduced as new Lions coach, hires Pasqualoni

Patricia introduced as new Lions coach, hires Pasqualoni

Patricia introduced as new Lions coach, hires Pasqualoni

Matt Patricia was officially introduced as the new head coach of the Detroit Lions on Wednesday, and the former defensive coordinator has cleaned up his look a bit for the newest chapter in his career. 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. Hopefully he offers a little more clarity on Malcolm Butler's Super Bowl benching, but given his loyalty to Bill Belichick, it's safe to assume we won't get any new answers. Watch the press conference above. "I'll say this: There is one coach Belichick".

Matt Patricia's unlikely path to becoming an NFL coach began with his buddies, setting up miniature players on a vibrating, metal field for fierce games of electric football. Chris and Case have been talking about Matt Patricia coming to the Lions since nearly immediately after the Bob Quinn announcement was made - today the team made the official announcement and had the all-important press conference that goes along with it.

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. He was the Patriots' defensive coordinator the past six seasons. Three years later, he joined New England. "We've always maintained contact and connections through the course of the years". 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.

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After being a graduate assistant at RPI in 1996, Patricia shifted gears to be an aeronautical engineer for two years.

Patricia, Pasqualoni and the rest of the new defensive coaching staff seem to be keeping their options open at this point, but with the NFL Scouting Combine coming up in just a couple weeks and free agency and the draft to follow, Patricia, his staff and general manager Bob Quinn will have to identify players that fit the kind of defense they want to play. Matthew Stafford and other members of the offense vouched for him when Caldwell was let go, so the team ultimately chose to keep him and preserve some continuity on that side of the ball.

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