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It’s Official: Lions Name Patriots Defensive Coordinator Matt Patrica as Head Coach

It’s a move that has been expected for weeks, but finally with the Super Bowl over, the Lions were able to make it official on Monday, naming Patriots defensive coordinator Matt Patrica as their new head coach.

An official news conference will be Wednesday at 3pm.

“This position comes with great responsibility, and I will commit every ounce of my energy to this football team, starting today,” Patricia said in a statement. “My family is excited to become part of this wonderful city that displays so much passion for their teams.

“I can’t express enough appreciation to the entire New England Patriots franchise, particularly Robert and Jonathan Kraft and their entire family. I will truly cherish these last 14 years as a member of this incredible organization.”

The 43-year-old was the defensive coordinator in New England for the last six seasons, and in that time the unit never ranked outside the top 10 in scoring defense.

“On behalf of me and my family, I would like to congratulate and welcome Matt Patricia to the Detroit Lions as our new head coach,” Lions owner and chairman Martha Firestone Ford said. “… I was most pleased with how we handled all the interviews and I am confident that we have found the right man to lead our football team.”

“When we launched the search for our next head coach, I wanted to find a leader that could take us to the next level and I am confident we have found that in Matt Patricia,” Lions general manager Bob Quinn added. “He has been preparing for this opportunity his entire career, and he’s ready for the responsibility and its challenges.”

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One Response to “It’s Official: Lions Name Patriots Defensive Coordinator Matt Patrica as Head Coach”

  1. Gary Linna says:

    Great Hire! now lets see if we can draft a running back on offense,to take the heat off of Matthew Stafford,make the offense more explosive,and diverse. And add some other pieces to the defense to improve that side of the ball as well.

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