Patricia introduced as new Lions coach, hires Pasqualoni

Lions hire Patriots DC Patricia as coach

A lot more responsibility comes with being a head coach, so we probably won't see Patricia wearing anymore shirts mocking Roger Goodell in the near future.

New Detroit Lions head coach Matt Patricia plans to keep offensive co-ordinator Jim Bob Cooter. "I thrived on it".

He earned an aeronautical engineering degree at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and later added a master's degree in education from the University of MA to his resume. "I'll say this: There is one coach Belichick". "At that point, the strategic part of the game along with my coaching aspirations just kind of put things in motion".

Lions president Rod Wood said Cooter wasn't forced on any candidate. "I believe that we are taking the next step in meeting those expectations". Now that he is the face of the Lions, Patricia decided his face should be a little less bushy.

The Lions finished last in the National Football League in rushing this season at 76.3 yards per game, more than 9 yards fewer than every other team, and quarterback Matthew Stafford was sacked a career-high 47 times.




Prior to landing with the Patriots, Patricia received his first Division I assistant job from Pasqualoni at Syracuse, so their relationship runs deep. The Patriots' defense finished in the Top 10 in scoring every year Patricia was the coordinator dating back to 2012.

Regardless, the Lions will introduce their new head coach at 3 p.m. ET. "We've always maintained contact and connections through the course of the years". "We also spent a great deal of time together on the road scouting college prospects, traveling around the country trying to find new players". "No one forced him to consider anybody but we wanted to hear their views on our coaching staff, hear their views on our players and ultimately he made the decision that he made in terms of the coaching staff that he wanted to build that includes Jim Bob and a few of the other guys on the offensive side". "There's a huge comfort level for me to have him on board and to be able to entrust him to handle that".

The former center and guard was a graduate assistant at RPI in 1996 before shifting gears to be an aeronautical engineer for two years.

Jim Bob Cooter was not mentioned in the Lions' release regarding staff additions, but he is listed on the team's website as its returning offensive coordinator.

But Patricia said his staff is still a "work in progress", much like the team itself. Matthew Stafford and other members of the offense vouched for him when Caldwell was let go, so the team ultimately made a decision to keep him and preserve some continuity on that side of the ball.

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