Lions announce new head coach & he's a bearded wonder

Tricia Pearson
February 8, 2018

The decision has been known for several weeks, however, the Lions had to wait for the Patriots to be eliminated from the postseason before they could officially give Patricia the job.

"I'm incredibly honored and grateful to be named Head Coach of the Detroit Lions".

"Matt is driven to succeed, has an extreme passion for the game and excels in preparation".

Team president Rod Wood, who conducted the coaching interviews along Quinn, reiterated that none of the assistants were forced on the hire.

Perhaps taking a cue from New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick, the former Patriots defensive coordinator did not reveal details of the style or scheme he plans to install. He acknowledged the fans, said he was glad to have us on his side after experiencing how loud it can get in Ford Field. The 68-year-old most recently served as the defensive line coach at Boston College after various assistant coaching stints in the NFL.

In six seasons as New England's defensive coordinator, the Patriots would rank top 10 in points allowed every year.

Patricia and his wife Raina have three young children, and he said they all felt embraced in his first day in the Lions organization. The Lions are one of four National Football League clubs to have never reached the game. "The one thing I could offer the defensive guys was an understanding of offensive play and offensive line communications", says Patricia. Before landing at BC, Pasqualoni spent the 2014 and 2015 seasons with the Chicago Bears and Houston Texans, respectively, doing what he knows best-coaching the guys up front.

It was also recently announced that Jim Bob Cooter is expected to return as the Lions Offensive Coordinator, leaving the Defensive Coordinator position the remaining job open on the essential coaching staff.

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Quinn fired coach Jim Caldwell last month with a 36-28 mark over four years and two playoff appearances. We've got a long way to go before we can call it the "Lions way". That was J.J. Watt's last healthy season and Pasqualoni helped guide him to first-team All-Pro status and 17.5 sacks.

Nothing has been disclosed about Patricia's contract, but the safe assumption is that it's in the single-digit millions. He appeared to be in the running to be hired by his homestate New York Giants and perhaps the Arizona Cardinals, but choose the challenge in the Motor City at least in part because of his relationship with Quinn.

After graduating, Patricia was a graduate assistant at R.P.I. then worked two years as an aeronautical engineer.

"He's been a remarkable mentor to me, not only as a football coach, but also as a man and a friend".

Our hometown football team has a new leader.

The Patriots weren't known to have a great defense and it looked like it.

"Now I turn all of my attention to the Lions".

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