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Lions hope coach Patricia ends their search for victor

Lions hope coach Patricia ends their search for victor

It had to be a hot one, because we're talking about the hire of new Detroit Lions Coach, Matt Patricia and his initial press conference in that role. Patricia, with his beard trimmed, had his first news conference on the team's indoor practice field.

Since winning the 1957 National Football League title, Detroit's only postseason victory was more than a quarter-century ago.

As a defensive-minded coach, what base defense will Patricia run in Detroit?

Regardless, the Lions will introduce their new head coach at 3 p.m. ET. He also hired 24-year NFL veteran Jeff Davidson, as offensive line coach, Brian Stewart, for defensive backs, Chris White, who will handle tight ends, and David Corrao, who will serve as director of football research.

Patricia's defenses in New England were considered more multiple than they were a straight base 4-3 or 3-4.

With Matt Patricia spending so much time in New England, some might be inclined to compare his style to Bill Belichick now that he's with the Lions.




The Lions will host the Patriots next season.

"Our goal is to win and to compete for championships and I believe we're taking the next step", team president Rod Wood said. Chris and Case have been talking about Matt Patricia coming to the Lions since nearly immediately after the Bob Quinn announcement was made - today the team made the official announcement and had the all-important press conference that goes along with it.

Quinn fired coach Jim Caldwell last month with a 36-28 mark over four years and two playoff appearances.

Years later, Patricia took a pivotal step toward his dream job after earning an aeronautical engineering degree at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute by being a graduate assistant at his alma mater. One of the things that made Patricia such a coveted head-coaching candidate was the reputation he built as being a coordinator who schemed a defense week to week based on the opponent.

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 morning release, but he is listed on the team's website as its returning offensive coordinator.


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