Lions make Matt Patricia’s hiring official

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The Lions announced the hiring of Matt Patricia on Monday.

General Manager Bob Quinn said the Lions have found their “leader” capable of taking them “to the next level.”

“He has been preparing for this opportunity his entire career, and he’s ready for the responsibility and its challenges,” Quinn said in a statement. “Matt is driven to succeed, has extreme passion for the game and excels in preparation. He embodies the same hard-working, blue-collar attributes that represent our organization and the City of Detroit.”

Patricia, the Patriots’ defensive coordinator, released a statement after accepting the job

“I’m incredibly honored and grateful to be named head coach of the Detroit Lions,” Patricia said. “Thank you to Mrs. Ford and her family, Rod Wood, and Bob Quinn for their trust and support as we begin this new chapter of Lions football.

“This position comes with great responsibility, and I will commit every ounce of my energy to this football team, starting today. My family is excited to become part of this wonderful city that displays so much passion for their teams.

“I can’t express enough appreciation to the entire New England Patriots franchise, particularly Robert and Jonathan Kraft and their entire family. I will truly cherish these last 14 years as a member of his incredible organization.

“Lastly, I’d like to express my appreciation and thanks to Bill Belichick. He’s been a remarkable mentor to me, not only as a football coach but also as a man and as a friend. I have learned immensely from his detailed leadership approach to the game, which has certainly shaped me into the football coach that I am today. Quite simply, I’ve been incredibly fortunate to work with, who I believe, is the greatest coach in NFL history.

“Now, I turn all of my attention to the Lions. I look forward to the next chapter of my career in Detroit.”

38 responses to “Lions make Matt Patricia’s hiring official

  1. Thanks for everything Matt, tough way to go out.

    Good luck in Detroit… maybe we can hang 500+ total yards on that defense of yours in next year’s SB

  2. The way his defense performed yesterday, things don’t look good for Lions fans. Eagles punted once the entire game.

  3. After watching his defense get carved up last night it might cause some nervousness for the Motown faithful.

  4. All the MP hate is ridiculous… Patricia made a LEAGUE LEADING D… out of very little and adjusting after debacles in the first three games.

    Do you folks not believe the Eagles deserved to be there? Didn’t Nick prove he was Super Bowl worthy in closing out the season?

    How about the Eagles D, even with the Pats having an anemic running game?

    SHEESH…

    Welcome to Detroit Matt… very glad to have you!!!

  5. I appreciate everything he did in New England, with that said I think we need fresh change on D with a coordinator change so this is a win win for all. Our D looks lost out there and we never seem to get off the field on third down all season..

  6. I’m sure that the last minute benching of Butler had him scrambling a bit, but we will probably never know the real story.

    First rule of Pats football; no one talks about Pats football. Right Mangini?

    E-A-G-L-E-S

  7. Some might say you turned your attention on the Lions two weeks ago, given your defensive performance last night.

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    I don’t think that you can put all the blame in the defense. When your offense is scoring points like flash (just like Chip Kelly), eventually your defense is going to get tired and look lost. The Eagles during the first drive held the ball for more than 7 minutes (7:05 to be precise) and scored a FG. The Patriots in the first drive held the ball for 3:38 and scored a FG. That could put any defense on their heels. New England didn’t need to run plays so fast because they were not in a big hole to begin with.

  8. It was very telling that the Super Bowl featured the most yards ever in a Super Bowl given that the game featured two Detroit Lions head coaches at the defensive coordinator spots.

  9. Some of you don’t realize the difference in requirements between DC/OC and HC.

    One’s teaching – the other’s more administrative. Tactical vs Strategic.

  10. I wonder how the Lions’ players will react to the end of “camp cupcake” that has prevailed in Detroit for decades. This will be quite a culture shock for their roster of snowflakes.

  11. I think he’s gonna be fun to watch on the sidelines next year without Coach B keeping him under wraps.

  12. I’m sure he’ll be fine with the Lions, but I don’t think I’ve ever heard Patricia speak a single word.

  13. To blame MP for the loss is lame. MP wasn’t on the field. And the garbage that was on the field masquerading all season playing in the AFC East got outed. Give EAGLES their just due, Philly beat NE offensively and defensively. End of story.

  14. jjackwagon says:
    February 5, 2018 at 3:38 pm

    The way his defense performed yesterday, things don’t look good for Lions fans. Eagles punted once the entire game.
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    Patriots were the 5th ranked D scored against in the NFL last year. And give the Eagles zero credit when they also gave up 500 yards lol. I love Pats haters. They dont like facts

  15. jjackwagon says:
    February 5, 2018 at 3:38 pm
    The way his defense performed yesterday, things don’t look good for Lions fans. Eagles punted once the entire game.
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    Going by your logic and seeing that the Pat’s punted zero times, Patricia did a great job. Brilliant. Hopefully you aint making the money decisions in your crib.

  16. Going by your logic and seeing that the Pat’s punted zero times, Patricia did a great job. Brilliant. Hopefully you aint making the money decisions in your crib.

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    The Patriot’s not punting has nothing to do with the defensive coordinator. Do you even understand how the game works? Patricia is a decent DC, but just another defensive minded coach and that doesn’t help the struggling offensive issues in Detroit that has a negative running game and a porous offensive line. The Patriots were a dynasty because of Belichick and Brady not because of their defensive coach who will keep Detroit were they have always been, in the dumpster.

  17. Like many other patriot assistants to go on to do nothing so will this guy. When you have patriot privedge it’s a bit easier to make calls.

  18. Congratulations Lions fans, management has just hired the best coach prospect
    I’ve seen since I started watching pro football in 1977.

    Things are about to change for the better in Motown.

  19. guadalahonky says:
    February 5, 2018 at 9:04 pm

    Things are about to change for the better in Motown.

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    That has been repeatedly said since the 0-16 season which was a decade ago. Also I love how you start year of watching the NFL adds confidence to your totally false statement.

  20. Patricia is not even close to the best coaching prospect, the only reason he’s coming is because of Quinn. Reminder, the Patriots were not a dynasty because of their defense, it’s because of Kraft/Belichick/Brady.

    Patricia isn’t event the best defensive mind in the NFC North. Fangio and Zimmer are miles and miles better than Patrica could ever be.

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