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Matt Patricia | Defensive Lineman

Team: Detroit Lions
Age / DOB:  (44) / 9/13/1974

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Recent News's Mike Garofolo reports Lions veterans were "griping" about new coach Matt Patricia during training camp.
Specifically, the "number of rules put in place" and "how hard he worked them" during the summer. The Lions, of course, got blown out of the building in Patricia's debut on Monday. It will be a dynamic to watch as the season unfolds. Ex-Bill Belichick assistants have a way of flying too close to the sun trying to implement his ways elsewhere. Sep 11 - 4:47 PM

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ESPN's Adam Schefter reports neither the Lions nor coach Matt Patricia will be subject to discipline following the resurfacing of a 1996 sexual assault allegation against Patricia.

The league met with the Lions and Patricia last week and decided the team "engaged in appropriate and thorough hiring practices." It also concluded Patricia did not "mislead the team during the interview process." Patricia was indicted for aggravated sexual assault by a Texas grand jury, but the case was dismissed before trial after the alleged victim decided not to testify. The episode was apparently unknown to the NFL before the Detroit News reported its existence two weeks ago. Patricia has strenuously maintained his innocence.
May 21 - 1:34 PM

Lions coach Matt Patricia says he was "falsely accused" of aggravated sexual assault in 1996.

Patricia was indicted for aggravated sexual assault following an alleged incident during spring break at South Padre Island in 1996. The case was dismissed before going to trial in part because the alleged victim declined to testify. "I find it incredibly unfair, disappointing, and frustrating that this story would resurface now with the only purpose being to damage my character and reputation," Patricia said in a statement. "I firmly maintain my innocence, as I have always done." In a joint statement from owner Martha Firestone Ford, GM Bob Quinn, and president Rod Wood, the Lions said they "believe and have accepted Coach Patricia’s explanation and we will continue to support him."
May 10 - 8:30 AM

According to state records in Texas, first-year Lions coach Matt Patricia was accused of aggravated sexual assault in 1996.

Patricia briefly faced charges, but he was never prosecuted and the case was dismissed five months after Patricia was indicted. Patricia's alleged victim was a college student on South Padre Island. Both the Lions and Patricia released statements late Wednesday. In his, Patricia says he was "falsely accused" and "firmly" maintains his innocence. The statement from the Lions was made in support of Patricia.
May 9 - 11:31 PM

Lions hired Patriots DC Matt Patricia as head coach.

A Patriots assistant since 2004, Patricia had coordinated the defense since 2012. He's being hired by GM Bob Quinn, who overlapped with Patricia for 11 years in New England. Thanks in part to his aeronautical engineering degree from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Patricia arrives with a reputation for being cerebral. Part of that is just the afterglow of coaching under Bill Belichick, who is famously adaptable/multiple on defense. Only 43 years old, Patricia is the latest in a long line of ex-Pats tasked with building a Belichick clone. The Lions haven't won a playoff game since the 1991 season.
Feb 5 - 3:02 PM

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports the Lions are expected to hire Patriots DC Matt Patricia as their next head coach.

Patrica had been considered the front-runner to replace Ben McAdoo in East Rutherford, but now it looks like he'll end up in the Motor City, where he'll be reunited with former Patriots scout and current Lions GM Bob Quinn. The 43-year-old has served on Bill Belichick's staff since 2004 including the last six years as New England's defensive coordinator. The Lions won't be able to officially introduce Patricia until the Patriots conclude their postseason run. With the Colts and Giants pursuing OC Josh McDaniels and LBs coach Brian Flores a finalist for the head job in Arizona, New England's coaching staff could look vastly different in 2018.
Jan 14 - 9:16 AM

ESPN Giants reporter Jordan Raanan reports Patriots DC Matt Patricia is the "favorite" for the Giants' head-coaching job.

Less than a week ago, PFT reported the Patriots expected Patricia to take the Lions' job, reuniting with GM Bob Quinn. Things have appeared to change course over the last 48 hours, with Patricia now the clear favorite in New York. Per Raanan, the Giants are down to Patricia, Patriots OC Josh McDaniels, and Vikings OC Pat Shurmur. Patricia is 43 and has never been a head coach.
Jan 12 - 9:39 AM

ProFootballTalk reports the Patriots expect DC Matt Patricia to become the next coach of the Lions.

Patricia is ready to make the head-coaching leap after serving as the defensive coordinator the last six seasons under Bill Belichick. The Lions were always a strong favorite to land Patricia, but he had interest from every team. Patricia has ties to GM Bob Quinn from their time in New England and will be Quinn's first hire after carrying over Jim Caldwell from the Martin Mayhew regime. The Lions will have to wait until the Patriots are eliminated from the playoffs to sign Patricia.
Jan 7 - 8:40 AM

The Cardinals interviewed Patriots DC Matt Patricia for their head-coaching job.

The Cardinals interviewed both Patricia and Patriots LBs coach Brian Flores. It's the second known meeting for Patricia, who visited with the Giants and has interest from Detroit. Steelers OL coach Mike Munchak, Vikings OC Pat Shurmur, Panthers DC Steve Wilks and Eagles DC Jim Schwartz have all been linked to Arizona.
Jan 6 - 3:35 PM

Patriots DC Matt Patricia interviewed for the Giants' head-coaching vacancy on Friday.

Owner John Mara, new GM Dave Gettleman and assistant GM Kevin Abrams all made the trip to Foxboro. The Giants will interview Patriots OC Josh McDaniels before leaving town this afternoon. Patricia has also drawn interest from the Cardinals and Lions. Amid reports of a tense power struggle between Bill Belichick and star quarterback Tom Brady, this could be the year we finally see McDaniels and Patricia leave the nest.
Jan 5 - 1:52 PM's Ian Rapoport reports the Cardinals have put in requests to interview Patriots DC Matt Patricia and Eagles DC Jim Schwartz for their head-coaching vacancy.

Patricia has now been connected to the Cardinals, Giants and Lions. The Lions, who have ex-Patriots executive Bob Quinn as general manager, would seem to be the early favorite for Patricia's services if he decides to leave New England, which is no sure thing. All three jobs offer different intriguing elements.
Jan 1 - 2:00 PM

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports the Giants have requested to interview Patriots DC Matt Patricia for their open head coaching job.

They also want to interview Patriots OC Josh McDaniels. A hot coaching candidate every season, Patricia has also been linked with the Lions and likely will be matched with a couple more as this process plays out.
Jan 1 - 10:23 AM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports the Lions are expected to interview Patriots DC Matt Patricia.

This has been the buzz ever since it became clear Jim Caldwell would be shown the door. Hiring a defensive mind like Patricia or Texans DC Mike Vrabel, who they also want to interview, would allow the Lions to keep OC Jim Bob Cooter in place. Both of those coaches also have links to the Patriots, where GM Bob Quinn made his bones.
Jan 1 - 9:41 AM

NFL Network's Mike Silver reports Patriots DC Matt Patricia would be the "leading candidate" for the Lions' coaching job if Jim Caldwell gets fired.

Most reports expect Caldwell to be fired after failing to make the playoffs. This isn't the first time Patricia has been linked to Detroit given his ties to GM Bob Quinn, who overlapped with Patricia in New England. Patricia interviewed with multiple teams last year and looks likely to land a head coaching job this offseason.
Sat, Dec 30, 2017 05:36:00 PM

Patriots DC Matt Patricia will interview for the Chargers and Rams' head-coaching vacancies this weekend.

Both teams were already known to be interested. Patricia has spent the past five years as Bill Belichick's top defensive lieutenant. That's about as long as a Belichick assistant can possibly go without drawing serious interest as a head-coaching candidate. By all accounts, Patricia has done an excellent job, but it's easy to look good when the greatest coach of all time is your boss.
Tue, Jan 3, 2017 02:03:00 PM

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