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

Jonathan Hernandez
February 8, 2018

The team announced the move Wednesday along with other additions to its coaching staff hours before Patricia was to have his first news conference as Detroit's coach later in the day.

As for Patricia, his introductory press conference will be interesting.

Since winning the 1957 National Football League title, Detroit's only postseason victory was more than a quarter-century ago. Now that he is the face of the Lions, Patricia decided his face should be a little less bushy. The Patriots' defense finished in the Top 10 in scoring every year Patricia was the coordinator dating back to 2012.

He drew a few laughs, and overall did a nice job presenting himself and his ideas as he was introduced as the new head coach of the Detroit Lions.

"This is a dream come true", he said.

"The quick story on the beard is, honestly, 2011 I believe it was, I have a lot of buddies who are in the military, that have gone overseas, were overseas that year", Patricia said last month, per Justin Rogers of The Detroit News.

Patricia still has to lock down his coaching staff, and then begin to evaluate the roster alongside new defensive coordinator Paul Pasqualoni before they settle in on what kind of defense they want to be. The team was widely seen as underperforming despite posting winning records in three of Caldwell's four seasons with the Lions.

"I think it's hard to really categorize a "Way, '" he said". The former offensive lineman - who is from Sherrill, New York - coached up one of the players at RPI and saw him do what he was taught during a game. 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.

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. The former Syracuse University head coach hired Patricia in 2001 to be an offensive assistant at Syracuse, which was his first NCAA Division I post.

Offensively, Patricia and the Lions are sticking with Jim Bob Cooter as their coordinator.

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