Patriots bracing for Matt Patricia to exit, likely for Detroit

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The band is going to be breaking up, but not in the way that some envisioned.

Per a source with knowledge of the situation, the Patriots are bracing for defensive coordinator Matt Patricia to leave, most likely to become the next coach of the Detroit Lions.

Patricia, who has a degree in aeronautical engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic, joined the Patriots in 2004. He became the defensive coordinator in 2012.

Regarded as brilliant in all matters, Patricia also is believed to be more than ready to take over a team of his own. He has, we’re told, a very good relationship with Lions G.M. Bob Quinn, who previously worked for the Patriots.

One knock on Patricia came from his decision to wear the distinctive Barstool Sports T-shirt with an image of Commissioner Roger Goodell in a clown nose while exiting the team plane after Super Bowl LI. Goodell, as PFT reported in July, was still miffed about the gesture. However, it’s currently not believed that 345 Park Avenue will in any way try to throw a wrench into the process of the Lions hiring Patricia.

Of course, the Lions will have to wait until the Patriots’ season ends before hiring Patricia. The longer the job remains open, the more obvious a candidate Patricia will become, like Kyle Shanahan last year in San Francisco and Dan Quinn three years ago in Atlanta.

80 responses to “Patriots bracing for Matt Patricia to exit, likely for Detroit

  1. Well then that means McDaniels is likely to stay to inherit the kingdom. Unless all that talk of Belichick going anywhere is just a bunch if silly malarkey.

  2. If your sources are the Mickey Mouse owned TMZPN, its not true. Otherwise yes, this was a potential fit the moment Bobby Quinn was hired by Detroit 2 years ago.

  3. If Patricia does take the job if offered he better watch out for Goodell to steal some draft picks from the Lions for that shirt.

  4. I could more than live with that choice. Wonder if Martha will make him trim the beard lol… Go Lions (God help us all)!!

  5. Per Robert Kraft all is peachy keen at Patriot Way ,,,looks more like the empire is crumbling right in front of his very eyes !

  6. He might be able to figure out the rotating speed of the football that Stafford throws, but winning in Detroit is not quite that simple. My guess would be that the NFL is fixed and the Ford family is on the wrong side of the leverage, probably in regards to a safety issue with their cars in the past or current. So yeah if Patricia has something on Brady, Belichik, or Kraft then the Lions will probably succeed.

  7. Did you guys know Matt Patricia was a rocket scientist? They only mention it every single time the guy is shown on TV.

  8. “If your sources are the Mickey Mouse owned TMZPN, its not true.”

    When did it become reasonable to just refuse to believe anything?

  9. Great choice Detroit!! Patricia is smart and always in control! He will be a big asset to the Lions. As a Patriots fan I am sad to see him go, but he has earned his opportunity to be a head coach.

  10. Geez what a shame. The Patriots completely fall apart every time an assistant takes a head coaching job, and that assistant always creates his own dynasty. Gosh these NFL owners looks so intelligent every time they hire a Patriots’ assistant.

  11. “When did it become reasonable to just refuse to believe anything?”
    When a wel know lawyer stated: “It depends on what the meaning of the word ‘is’ is”

  12. If he is the guy Detroit hires with the mentality of a guy wearing a shirt with the commissioner on it – that’s the personality Detroit needs. Shurmur also seems like a solid option. Steve Wilks would be my 3rd option. But please, whoever it is, get rid of Billy Bob.

  13. Iam sorry but did they just show Robert Kraft at the Rams Falcons game glad handing Rodger ?

  14. skawh says:
    January 6, 2018 at 8:10 pm
    Good for Patricia, he’s earned it. AND, Patricia knows that Belachek is GONE at the end of their playoff run.
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    He would have no thought of leaving if he honestly thought that. It would mean he has a shot at taking over the Patriots which would (sorry detroit) be a sweeter deal than taking over the Lions.

  15. With Stafford coming out in favor of retaining Cooter as OC and Quinn as the GM it sure seemed like the stars were aligned for this. Good luck Matty P, and now I will sit back and watch chipwibskahw4life empty the sock puppet drawer.

  16. Detroit is getting a very good coach, this year he did quite a bit with not a lot of talent for the Pats Defense..

  17. i love people saying its crumbling. Cowherd had this garbage piece that “Bill is preparing his Coordinators to leave and he has never done that before.”

    Uh Huh. In February 2005 after we beat the eagles in Super bowl 39, Charlie Weis went home to Notre Dame, and Rac went to Cleveland. but its “never happened before.”

  18. I expected this move…. w/BOB Q in Detroit & an ex Patriot, it looks like the perfect situation for Patricia to take over….
    Much deserved & I truly wish him the best…. stinks to lose him but I’m sure Bill is well on top of the situation…..
    To be honest, I wouldn’t be shocked if Josh ends up elsewhere as well…. it’s bound to happen but losing them both at the same time would be tuff even for B.B.
    it is what it is…..
    With Bill, Brady & Kraft it will probably only amount to a speed bump…..a big one, but one that will be addressed if needed or required
    Go Pats!!!

  19. zeke2517 says:
    January 6, 2018 at 8:14 pm

    When did it become reasonable to just refuse to believe anything?
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    Somewhere around the time ‘journalism’ became anything but. You know, when it all became click driven and about being 1st rather than being right.

  20. Gene Jolie says:
    January 6, 2018 at 8:35 pm
    Detroit is getting a very good coach, this year he did quite a bit with not a lot of talent for the Pats Defense..

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    lol

    plenty of talent. the secondary is very good and the linebackers have impressed even without hightower and mccellin. love the rookies wise and butler and flowers is a stud. malcom brown due a new deal after being a nice 1st rd pick a few years ago.

    do you watch them
    play?

  21. No.2-best HC opening — Detroit — with Stafford in place.
    Belichick would help Eli win a 3rd SB ring, fo’ sho’, with a return to Big Blue.

  22. I don’t care who the new coach is, we have seen championships in the other three major sports here as well as college football, basketball, hockey, baseball and even the Detroit Shock, Detroit Vipers, Detroit Drive and Michigan Panthers ffs. We’re just waiting on the Lions, it’s past time for them to deliver!

  23. nfliferfan22 says:
    January 6, 2018 at 8:20 pm
    Because Pats assistants have a great track record as head coaches! Charlie Weiss, Romeo crenel, mcdaniels, bill obrien! great success!

    And Weis and Crennel were actually great coordinators and O’Brien very good too. Pats werent “loaded” on offense when Weis was here and the D was a lot more creative back then, never knew what they were going to come out with under Crennel. Patricia and especially McDaniels arent on their level imo. Pretty sure the Pats will be just fine if we lose both guys.

  24. Why is calling a clown a clown wrong? Why shouldn’t a successful DC ( who has built good defenses after losing Pro Bowl players) get a shot at a HC job? Rather roll the dice as an owner on a first time HC then a retread coach who never won squat like Jeff Fisher

  25. It wouldn’t shock me to see Patricia take a HC job — this isn’t the first year he’s gotten interest, and change has to come to Foxboro soon with a 40yr old QB 65yr old HC, and OC & Assistant GM getting job opportunities.
    I’m not convinced he’s ready for the role, but you don’t know if you don’t try.
    I’m curious if that means McDaniels is more likely to stay, waiting out Belichick.

  26. elmerbrownelmerbrown says:
    January 6, 2018 at 8:11 pm
    Per Robert Kraft all is peachy keen at Patriot Way ,,,looks more like the empire is crumbling right in front of his very eyes !

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    Based on what? Oh, I get it, ” unnamed sources “

  27. I look forward to one of the Lions beat writers having the balls to ask Bob Quinn what makes Matt Patricia different from every NE Coordinator (aside from O’Brien, who has been average at best) that has been an absolute train wreck as a head coach.

    As a die hard Lions fan, I’m very hesitant to approve a NE coordinator based on the track record of unmitigated disasters that they’ve all been to this point. Plus I’d like to see Quinn get outside his comfort zone and do something that doesn’t involve New England.

  28. Dang, aeronautical engineering and turns out to be an NFL coach.
    Thought I had ithe prize with a journalism degree and selling drywall…

  29. Praying this Wrong Patrica is not right fit for Detroit

    Patriot coaches Fall on their face when they they become head coaches

    Hope lions don’t pull the trigger and wait for Panthers DC Steve Wilks

    Winning % Caldwell in 563 Patriot coaches after they become head coaches 424

    No Thanks

  30. footballneblog says:
    January 6, 2018 at 7:15 pm
    If BSPN could give one source on the record, just one. That would be called good journalism.

    90 12 Rate This

    Great post from the Brady thread.

  31. commentawaitingdeletion says:
    January 6, 2018 at 8:31 pm
    “With Stafford coming out in favor of retaining Cooter as OC and Quinn as the GM it sure seemed like the stars were aligned for this. Good luck Matty P, and now I will sit back and watch chipwibskahw4life empty the sock puppet drawer.”

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    My question is if Cooter would even stick around. Seems to me if a good coordinator is up for the head coaching opening with his own team and they end up going with someone out of house, said coordinator moves on. Or am I mistaken?

  32. dpkimball says:
    January 6, 2018 at 9:31 pm
    I look forward to one of the Lions beat writers having the balls to ask Bob Quinn what makes Matt Patricia different from every NE Coordinator (aside from O’Brien, who has been average at best) that has been an absolute train wreck as a head coach.

    As a die hard Lions fan, I’m very hesitant to approve a NE coordinator based on the track record of unmitigated disasters that they’ve all been to this point. Plus I’d like to see Quinn get outside his comfort zone and do something that doesn’t involve New England.

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    damn, you just aren’t all that intelligent.

    if i am kc, i am firing reid, letting smith go and backing up the brinks truck for caserio and mcdaniels to work with mahomes.

    hint: the difference is, no coordinator from
    ne worked for a good owner and gm.

    get it, kid?

    if the fords were smart, they would take a nice long vacation and let quinn/patricia do their thing

    very, very simple

  33. If Matt Patricia brings a Super Bowl title to Detroit, I don’t care if he steps off the plane nekkid.

    But I admire his ‘testicular fortitude’ for wearing the clown shirt.

  34. Fake Coordinator. He spent two years as an application engineer with Hoffman Air & Filtration Systems in East Syracuse, New York. He joined the Patriots under head coach Bill Belichick as an offensive coaching assistant in 2004. All the coordinators for the Patriots are fake, nobody even knew this guys name. It’s Ernie Adams and BB that make all these calls. Mostly Ernie Adams.

  35. Torrey says:
    January 6, 2018 at 9:39 pm
    My question is if Cooter would even stick around. Seems to me if a good coordinator is up for the head coaching opening with his own team and they end up going with someone out of house, said coordinator moves on. Or am I mistaken?
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    The offense in Detroit needs a RB and some tweaking but other than that it is pretty well set and the franchise QB is happy with the OC. It seems like this is one of those rare times a new HC comes in from the outside and the OC survives.

  36. 1. He’s not a rocket scientist, no matter what ESPN and other operations run by idiots say. He’s an aeronautical engineer by training. Not the same thing.
    2. I pity the Lions for falling for the “He’s one of Bill’s assistants, THEREFORE he’s qualified” shtick. Tell us about how successful Romeo Crennel, Josh McDaniels, and above all Cheeseburger Charlie Weis have been as head coaches. Tell us how well Bill’s front office “genius” types have been when they’ve gone elsewhere.

  37. commentawaitingdeletion says:
    January 6, 2018 at 9:56 pm

    “The offense in Detroit needs a RB and some tweaking but other than that it is pretty well set and the franchise QB is happy with the OC. It seems like this is one of those rare times a new HC comes in from the outside and the OC survives.”
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    Are you saying this from the perspective of the new coach (Patricia?) wanting Cooter to stay on board? Or that Cooter himself would be happy to stay even though his team didn’t give him the promotion he probably feels like he deserves?

    I can definitely see the former being true, but I’d think the latter is what the issue might be.

  38. Torrey says:
    January 6, 2018 at 10:12 pm

    Are you saying this from the perspective of the new coach (Patricia?) wanting Cooter to stay on board? Or that Cooter himself would be happy to stay even though his team didn’t give him the promotion he probably feels like he deserves?

    I can definitely see the former being true, but I’d think the latter is what the issue might be.
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    Barring another team offering Cooter a HC gig (and for an offensive minded guy Detroit was the best gig) why wouldn’t he stay put? Are you suggesting he’s going to quit? I’d find that pretty unlikely.

  39. 2. “I pity the Lions for falling for the “He’s one of Bill’s assistants, THEREFORE he’s qualified” shtick. Tell us about how successful Romeo Crennel, Josh McDaniels, and above all Cheeseburger Charlie Weis have been as head coaches. Tell us how well Bill’s front office “genius” types have been when they’ve gone elsewhere.”

    Let me help you out there.

    Romeo Crennel got the Browns to 10-6 in 2007 (the last time they’ve been over 500) and was fired the next year after a down year. Getting the Browns to 500 should get him HOF votes.

    OBrien has gotten the Texans to the playoffs TWICE while having multiple QB’s that you wouldn’t want running your team, and a contentious relationship with his GM.

    McDaniels – shat the bed in Denver – but history has shown that getting rid of Cutler was the right decision. Too young for the job at the time. He’s ready now and one of the best offensive minds in the league.

    Patricia – ask any defensive player on the roster and they’ll tell you he should be a HC. Beyond X’s and O’s a head coach HAS to be a guy that players will follow. Patricia is one of those guys. He definitely is his own man and very very smart.

    So the Pats “coaching tree” isn’t as bad as common wisdom says, and your team should be thrilled to get one of these guys.

    Meanwhile the Pats will be damaged by the loss or losses, but that’s never stopped them before. Almost EVERY coach on the staff has been groomed from being goffers to QC, to position coaches to coordinator. They will likely find their coordinators in house (OShea and Flores) and fill in from below. Sorry about that.

  40. All the Pats coaches are jumping ship. Here begins the free fall to perennial mediocrity. Bills the new kings of AFCE.

  41. No brainer for Patricia to come to the Lions. Of all the teams with vacancies, best QB, best receiving core, best CB in the league, great safety tandom. The lions will improve the o-line and d-line in the offseason and will be a super bowl caliber team in 2018.

  42. The Ford family is actually hiring Patricia to be a vendor. I think everyone is wrong on their assessment. Classic Ford move.

  43. Kraft is old,
    Brady’s Old
    Matt Patricia’s gone to Detroit
    Josh McDaniel leaving soon,
    Empire will be tumbling by noon
    Belichick hates Guerrero,
    Garapolo’s in San Francisco,

    it’s the end of the world as we know it,

    After 5 Lombardi’s, I feel fine.

  44. Sorry, but if it looks like a clown , walks like a clown and acts like a clown, it’s a clown. Patricia will be a great choice for the Lions.

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