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New Coach Matt Patricia Says Head Coaching Lions is a Dream Come True

The Lions introduced new head coach Matt Patricia during a news conference Wednesday at the team’s practice facility in Allen Park, Tanya Wildt of the Detroit Free Press reports.

“This is a dream come true for me,” Patricia said. “I believe that having the opportunity to be the head coach of an NFL team is a very rare and special gift and I’m honored and grateful to be named the head coach of the Detroit Lions.”

The former New England Patriots defensive coordinator arrived in Detroit on Wednesday following the Pats’ Super Bowl LII loss on Sunday.

“I’m very excited to be a part of this historic and passionate city,” Patricia said.

He addressed the Lions organization, players and fans directly:

“I believe that I am a leader. I believe that I am a problem solver. I want to represent the toughness of this city. We will be organized. We will be detailed. We will teach and develop our players and our coaches. We will be passionate. We will love and respect the game and we will be committed to winning. We will be competitive in all that we do. We will have a smart, tough, fundamentally sound football team that will play, perform and can execute under pressure. We will be hard working. We will be competitive in all aspects of our planning, preparation and our performance. We will have a high-character culture. In our organization, our players will be positive role models and contributing members of the community. We will have a blue collar mentality. We will work hard as a team to make this city proud.”

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