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Detroit Lions announce CNY native Matt Patricia as next head coach

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Detroit Lions announce CNY native Matt Patricia as next head coach

After the game, the incoming Detroit Lions head coach took responsibility for his defense's inability to stop Philadelphia's offense all night long.

The Detroit Lions have hired Matt Patricia of the New England Patriots as their coach.

Patricia will replace Jim Caldwell, who was sacked January 1 after four seasons.

If Patricia was Lions general manager Bob Quinn's first choice for head coach as reports suggest, the reasons are obvious.

But Sunday night's loss to Philadelphia is not the flawless swan song as Patricia takes his first career head coaching job with the Detroit Lions. "He has been preparing for this opportunity his entire career, and he's ready for the responsibility and its challenges". As I wrote earlier, you need to change the culture in Detroit, and Patricia might be the guy to get the job done. "My family is excited to become part of this wonderful city that displays so much passion for their teams". It was also recently announced that Jim Bob Cooter is expected to return as the Lions Offensive Coordinator, leaving the Defensive Coordinator position the remaining job open on the essential coaching staff.

A former offensive lineman who worked with that unit as a graduate assistant at RPI, Patricia coached defensive line at Amherst College and was an offensive grad assistant at Syracuse before joining the Patriots as a coaching assistant in 2004. I have learned immensely from his detailed leadership approach to the game, which has certainly shaped me into the football coach that I am today.

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Both Patricia and McDaniels were rumoured to become head coaches for quite a while.

As the Lions' press release announce Patricia's hiring noted, the team ranked second in points allowed (19.2), fourth in games allowing 20 points or fewer (53), and second in games allowing 17 points or fewer (47) during Patricia's tenure as defensive coordinator.

"Quite simply, I've been incredibly fortunate to work with (Belichick), who, I believe, is the greatest coach in National Football League history", Patricia said.

The Lions plan to formally introduce him at a news conference Wednesday. Caldwell had a winning season in three of his four years, but missed the playoffs this past season and failed to win a playoff game in two chances.

"Now I turn all of my attention to the Lions".

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