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Patriots DC Matt Patricia Expected To Be Named Lions Head Coach

15 January, 2018, 00:36 | Author: Sylvester Abbott
  • Jan 13 2018 Foxborough MA USA New England Patriots defensive cordinator Matt Patricia reacts during the fourth quarter in the AFC Divisional playoff game against the Tennessee Titans at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit David Butler II-USA TODAY Sp

According to ESPN NFL insider Adam Schefter, the Lions appear very likely to land Patricia as their next head coach. The Patriots will play the Pittsburgh Steelers or Jacksonville Jaguars in the AFC Championship next Sunday.

After Saturday night's playoff win over the Titans, Patriots head coach Bill Belichick made a point to commend both Patricia and offensive coordinator for getting their jobs done despite spending their playoff bye week interviewing for head coaching jobs.

Apparently, that's no longer the case if it ever was.

Matt Patricia has been the favorite to succeed Jim Caldwell as Detroit Lions coach since long before Caldwell was sacked. It was only a matter of time before news leaked about where Patricia would end up in 2018.

Patricia and the franchise still need to work out contract details, but it's likely the deal will come together after the Patriots' season ends.

A native of Sherrill, N.Y., Patricia was an offensive lineman at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, N.Y. He began his coaching career there as well, before making stops at Amherst College and Syracuse.

The 43-year-old has been with the Patriots since 2004 and he's served as their defensive coordinator since 2012.

"I think that the one thing that everybody needs to understand about Matt Patricia is that he is a rocket scientist", former Patriots linebacker Dane Fletcher said. "Ultimately, I'm the person in charge of football operation here at the Lions, and ultimately the record that we've had the last two years is on me".

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