Hat to the back for Matt, Lions fans

Hat to the back for Matt, Lions fans

An Oneida County native has been named as the head coach of the Detroit Lions, according to the NFL. Quinn spent 15 years with the Patriots in multiple personnel roles before the Lions hired him as general manager in 2016.

The 43-year-old has been New England's defensive coordinator since 2012.

The Lions targeted Patricia from the beginning of their search, both for his tremendous on-field success and his relationship with general manager Bob Quinn, and interviewed him exactly one month ago on January 5.

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But Sunday night's loss to Philadelphia is not the ideal 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", said Lions GM Bob Quinn.

Linebacker Eric Lee was the only Pats player to speak to the media yesterday when the team returned to Foxboro, but when asked about Patricia's new gig would only say, "I have no opinion on that".

Patricia played college football at Division III Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, where he studied aeronautical engineering, and spent two years as an engineer before jumping full-time into coaching. Jim Caldwell was shown the door, and Patricia now officially is in control of the team.

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The expected hiring of the defensive coordinator comes a day after the Patriots lost to the Philadelphia Eagles in the Super Bowl.

In Patricia's stint as defensive coordinator, the Patriots ranked second in points allowed (19.2) and takeaways (157). Patricia also interviewed for jobs with the New York Giants and Arizona Cardinals. The team ranked in the top 10 in scoring defense during all six of his seasons as defensive coordinator despite ranking in the bottom 10 in yards allowed during three of those six campaigns.

"He's been a remarkable mentor to me, not only as a football coach but also as a man and as a friend", Patricia said.

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"I've been incredibly fortunate to work with (a coach in Belichick) who I believe is the greatest coach in National Football League history", Patricia said in his statement. As a Lions fan, I love this hire. Caldwell accumulated a 36-28 record in four years with Detroit, but they failed to win a single postseason game.

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