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Matt Patricia | Defensive Lineman

Team: Detroit Lions
Age / DOB:  (43) / 9/13/1974

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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

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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

The Chargers have sought permission to interview Patriots DC Matt Patricia for their head-coaching vacancy.

It's Patricia's first-known interview request of 2017, but there will be more. The Rams are also believed to be interested. Patricia has done a bang-up job coordinating the Patriots' defense since 2012, but as is always the case in New England, it's tough to discern what Patricia deserves credit for, and what is simply Bill Belichick being a genius. Patricia would be a changeup from the timid, offensive-minded Mike McCoy.
Mon, Jan 2, 2017 02:56:00 PM

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

Pats OC Josh McDaniels is the hotter name, but Patricia should once again garner some interest this cycle. Patricia interviewed with the Browns last January. Rapoport reports the Rams are likely to interview "8-10" candidates.
Mon, Jan 2, 2017 09:00:00 AM

New Lions GM Bob Quinn said Patriots DC Matt Patricia and OC Josh McDaniels are "ready and willing to be head coaches."

These comments could prove telling if Quinn decides to move on from current Lions coach Jim Caldwell. Caldwell and Quinn met Monday, but no decision has been reached on his future. If Quinn decides to clean house, he almost certainly would target Patricia or McDaniels as his head coach. Patricia has already interviewed for the Browns while McDaniels is waiting until after the Patriots' playoff run to meet with other organizations.
Source: ESPN
Tue, Jan 12, 2016 11:10:00 AM

Patriots DC Matt Patricia will interview with the Browns Saturday.

Patricia was scheduled to interview with the Dolphins, but Miami is finalizing a deal with Adam Gase to be their head coach. OC Josh McDaniels has decided not to interview while the Patriots are still alive in the playoffs, but Patricia is taking full advantage of the window the bye week affords.
Sat, Jan 9, 2016 09:29:00 AM

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