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Patriots DC Matt Patricia takes responsibility for defense's failure

07 February 2018

The Detroit Lions have hired Matt Patricia as their head coach going into the 2018 season, the team announced in a press release Monday afternoon. He won three Super Bowls with the Patriots and worked 12 years with Quinn, who left the Patriots to become Lions general manager in January of 2016. This Patriots defense has not been great all year long, so it shouldn't be that big of a surprise that they were shredded as heavily as they were.

By all accounts, the Lions' new coach indeed operates in his own way.

Positive quotes about Patricia's personality and coaching ability are scattered all over the internet, but we know actions speak louder than words.

The abnormal intelligence of new Lions coach Matt Patricia, who has a bachelor's degree in aeronautical engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in NY, is well-documented.

In a statement, Patricia said: "This position comes with great responsibility, and I will commit every ounce of my energy to this football team, starting today".

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Patricia, 43, has 20 years of coaching experience in college and the pros, including the past 14 seasons with the Patriots, which has a first-rate organization.

"Matt is driven to succeed, has extreme passion for the game and excels in preparation".

That's exactly what Lions general manager Bob Quinn said he was looking for when he began the search for his next coach earlier this month - Someone who can take a good team and make it great. The Indianapolis Colts are expected to land Josh McDaniels as head coach in the coming days, according to ESPN. He'll also need to hire a good coaching staff. "He has been preparing for this opportunity his entire career, and he's ready for the responsibility and its challenges". The Lions have had a scoring defense finish in the top 10 just once in the last 17 years.

Since Detroit would be his first head coaching gig in the National Football League, you have to feel bad for Patricia in the sense that his defense's laughable outing against the Eagles most likely didn't inspire much confidence in Detroit. He held that job for the last six seasons.

The team fired head coach Jim Caldwell following a 9-7 season, his second consecutive such record.

Patriots DC Matt Patricia takes responsibility for defense's failure