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New Lions Coach Patricia To Add Two Former Patriots Assistants to His Staff

Matt Patricia will have several familiar faces on his coaching staff with the Detroit Lions, including at least two former New England Patriots assistants and one coach he worked with during his time at Syracuse, Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reports.

Patrica plans to hire Maryland defensive coordinator Brian Stewart as defensive backs coach and Jeff Davidson as offensive line coach, and promote George Godsey from defensive special projects assistant to quarterbacks coach, according to the Sporting News.

Stewart worked alongside Patricia at Syracuse in 2001, when Patricia was in his first season as a graduate assistant on Paul Pasqualoni’s staff.

Pasqualoni, now the defensive coordinator at Boston College, also is expected to join the Lions in a to-be-determined role.

Davidson, who was fired by the Denver Broncos after the season, coached a combination of tight ends and offensive line for the Patriots from 1997-2004. Patricia joined the Patriots as an offensive assistant in 2004, when he helped coach the offensive line.

Godsey, a Patriots assistant from 2011-13, spent two seasons as offensive coordinator with the Houston Texans and one as quarterbacks coach before joining the Lions in a defensive capacity last season.

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