Report: Lions will take “hard look” at Matt Patricia

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When former Patriots executive Bob Quinn became the G.M. of the Lions two years ago, speculation emerged instantly that he’d try to hire someone from New England’s coaching staff to take over the team. But Quinn, after an extended period of consideration, decided to stick with  Jim Caldwelll.

Two years, and one Rextension later, Quinn apparently will be getting a chance to hire his own coach. Via Ian Rapoport of NFL Media, that coach could be Patriots defensive coordinator Matt Patricia.

Rapoport says that the Lions “will look hard” at Patricia, a widely respected defensive mind who has learned the gig by working with Bill Belichick since 2004. Since 2012, Patricia has coordinated the defense.

But it’s not all about Xs and Os or being able to thrive in the fundamentally different position of head coach. The “hard look” at Patricia undoubtedly will look into whether Commissioner Roger Goodell remains upset about Patricia’s decision to exit the plane after Super Bowl 51 wearing the Barstool T-shirt with an image of Goodell sporting a clown nose.

Goodell praised Quinn during a preseason event with Lions season-ticket holders. As of July, Goodell was still miffed about Patricia’s choice in travel wear.

The ultimate question is whether Goodell would try, directly or indirectly, to steer Quinn away from Patricia. Sure, Goodell would probably never mention the clown-nose T-shirt. But there are ways to make a point without being obvious, and Quinn will need to be listening for any clues that would indicate whether a decision to replace Patricia’s turquoise blue T-shirt with a Honolulu blue hoodie would be frowned upon by the man who has guaranteed employment through 2022.

56 responses to “Report: Lions will take “hard look” at Matt Patricia

  1. Another product of the BB tree? Those have worked out so well in the past. And running the 26th ranked defense (last I checked) in the league is also an amazing pedigree.

    That said I am rooting for the guy. But I am rooting because I want everyone to get their shot – then do with it what they do with it. If you succeed…awesome. If you don’t, I don’t throw out the word “bust” like so many geniuses do. I am not sure Patricia is HC material – he has shown me nothing to suggest that is his strength. But if he gets this shot I wish him the best. Lions have been mediocre for years, even when people think they should be good. League doesn’t need that.

  2. I wonder who goodell told the teams he wants to win the SB since undoubtedly he makes the decision on who wins and doesn’t win !!

  3. saying goodell would order the fords to force them not to hire patricia.
    is more corruption.

    why is this seen as as normal behavior from a commissioner is beyond me.

    my goodness

  4. your6ringsaremeaninglessnow says:
    December 31, 2017 at 11:09 am
    I don’t get it. Pats defense is horrible and has been mediocre for years.

    Your right! You don’t get it. Pats has the number one D last year. And as far as this year goes. There 7th in points allow (290) 6th in points allow per game. Those are the only defensive stats I care about.

  5. your6ringsaremeaninglessnow says:
    December 31, 2017 at 11:09 am
    I don’t get it. Pats defense is horrible and has been mediocre for years.

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    yeah, the #1 rated d and sb winning ds in 2014 and 2016, with a b squad d due to injuries in 2013 and 2015, making it to the title game, means their “defenses have been horrible and medicore for years”…

    lol

    best red zone d in the league with the most turnovers

    for 8 straight games before injuries mounted, the d allowed 11.87 pts per game over that stretch even with brady not playing all that well

  6. your6ringsaremeaninglessnow says:
    December 31, 2017 at 11:09 am

    I don’t get it. Pats defense is horrible and has been mediocre for years.
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    There are apparently a lot of things you ‘don’t get’ starting with evaluating a D by stats. Stats are for losers, PA is the only defensive number that matters.

  7. That t-shirt was worn for support of Tom Brady.

    Patricia has done a great job this year. Replacing Hightower, Ninkovich, Rivers, Long, Sheard and coaching up street free agents and rookies is enough to show what kind of coach he is.

  8. did i miss a story on Caldwell being fired ???

    total d is such a lame stat…the Pats play good red zone d, only thing that matters in tecmo bowl, i mean the nfl….same thing these days

  9. .
    ” The ultimate question is whether Goodell would try, directly or indirectly, to steer Quinn away from Patricia.”

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    Why would former Patriots employee, Bob Quinn, give credence to the wishes of master charlatan, Roger Goodell? He has a multi year personal relationship with Patricia. Who’s he going to believe, Goodell or his own lying eyes?
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  10. The folks that are saying the “Pats Defense has been terrible for years” are just wrong.
    They allowed the fewest point against just last year in the regular season.
    Pats have a different style on D, sometimes it’s “bend but don’t break” and then tough in the red zone. Whatever works with changing personnel due to injuries.
    While I agree that Patricia doesn’t seem to be HC material on the surface, as others have said, he deserves his shot.

  11. Patricia although he looks like he needs a shave is a Harvard graduate.

    He is no dummy.

    Who knows if he is head coach material, time will tell.

    But Goodell’s opinion on team’s hiring’s etc. is a conflict of interest in my opinion.

    I’m glad Patricia had a clown mockery of Goodell, very fitting.

  12. your6ringsaremeaninglessnow says:
    December 31, 2017 at 11:57 am
    Yards stats not mattering, sounds like something a fan of a weak defense would say. If this were true, teams would run the prevent defense each down.

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    exactly.

    they are just so jealous, they regurgitate the anti-bb media’s lies over and over.

    bb knows yards allowed between the 20s are not where you make your money. in an offensive era, you scheme in the red zone, not at the 50 yard line.

    all these supposed great ds like pittsburgh allow 30 points per game at home and somehow the pats d is “horrible”.

    absolutely comical to me. i can always tell who watches the games and who doesn’t.

    millennials’ knowledge of the sport is tied to video games and fantasy football

    lmao

  13. your6ringsaremeaninglessnow says:
    December 31, 2017 at 11:57 am
    Yards stats not mattering, sounds like something a fan of a weak defense would say. If this were true, teams would run the prevent defense each down.

    Not prevent, bend don’t break. They make you have to dink/dunk your way down the field which contrary to the common belief of all the football geniuses on here is actually harder and gives the D more chances to take the ball away. They let you move the ball between the 20’s but are pretty good at making you settle for 3 (if you dont tun it over) Nobody is saying they are the 85 Bears or anything but to say they are garbage…I am embarrassed I even responded lol

    when people resort to using yards, or worse a fake, made up stat to make their case well…

  14. You can look but you can’t touch Lions. Patricia will take over from Belichick when he retires.

  15. Patricia is smart, earning an aeronautical engineering degree from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI), but he never attended Harvard. I’m not sure he will leave New England for Detroit, unless it is clear that McDaniels is the apparent heir to succeed Belichick. I actually think McDaniels may wind up taking a HC job someplace else this year.

  16. BB and Patricia clearly have a defensive philosophy based on giving up underneath yardage, preventing big plays and forcing teams to string 10 plays together to score. Most teams can’t do it consistently without failing on a 3rd down, getting penalties or turning the ball over.

    In the red zone NE tightens up (since there are no big plays to be had).

    It’s been effective at preventing teams from scoring a lot on them, but it is maddening to watch at times.

  17. Patricia is no dummy. He understands the huge benefits of Patriot Privilage. He won’t leave or else he will get exposed when his team will be treated like the others.

  18. Goodell is a certified bozo for the way he handled the Brady suspension over allegedly deflated footballs. if he cannot figure that one out, he should find a job that any intellectually challenged person can handle.

  19. your6ringsaremeaninglessnow says:
    December 31, 2017 at 11:57 am

    Yards stats not mattering, sounds like something a fan of a weak defense would say.
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    ‘Stats are for losers. The only numbers that matter are the big ones on the scoreboard at the end of the game.” ~Bill Belichick~
    Sorry, I am sure you consider yourself some kind of football savant but I am going with the greatest coach of his time on this one.

  20. Pats are #7 in points allowed, despite a bad start and numerous injuries. Including arguably their best player on IR. Last yr they were #1. Please people

  21. patsfan4lifesbchamps says:
    December 31, 2017 at 12:37 pm

    You can look but you can’t touch Lions. Patricia will take over from Belichick when he retires.
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    Who in their right mind would want that job? If you follow BB or Brady in NE you’ll be compared to them constantly and will never be able to live up to their accomplishments.

    I think you’re far better off to go to a downtrodden team with no where to go but up – as long as there ownership situation is semi-stable, and they have a QB or the prospect of getting one ion the draft.

  22. Teams should avoid Pats assistant coaches like the plague. As a Broncos fan, I’ve already heard the “Patriots assistant coach with so much potential” sales pitch with Josh McDaniels. It didn’t work out well. Bill Belichick is an elite Head Coach and a smart general manager that knows what kind of players fit his preferred style of game play. He’s the brains behind the whole operation, all the other coaches just ride his coattails to promotions(HC jobs}. Coaches don’t do well after leaving Belichick. The Pats also have Tom Brady, the best QB on earth (whether you want to admit it or not). Brady carries the defense most of the time, especially this season.

  23. I am less enthralled with anyone from the Patriot’s coaching staff. Ultimately, it’s Quinn’s decision, but I would be more impressed if the hire came from a staff other than New England’s.

  24. screamingyellowzonkers says:
    December 31, 2017 at 11:51 am
    Whoops. There goes that Rooney Rule thing again.

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    The Cleveland Browns are the perfect example of how the Rooney Rule works. They have a black head coach, a black QB, and a black General Manager (he got fired a couple weeks ago). Wouldn’t be nice if more teams were just like the Browns?

  25. I’m somewhat with you 26predator, previous disciples of Belichick haven’t exactly set the world on fire when they become Head Coach. That said you have to admire his dedication and hard work, and he might be the new blood the Lions need.

  26. 26predator says:
    December 31, 2017 at 1:56 pm
    I am less enthralled with anyone from the Patriot’s coaching staff. Ultimately, it’s Quinn’s decision, but I would be more impressed if the hire came from a staff other than New England’
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    So you would prefer Marvin Lewis, Dom Capers, Pagano, Cable, Tice etc……over anybody on the Patriots staff?

  27. Patricia’s defense doesn’t suck, the Pats in general suck. Just park that machine-like QB, and they are right down in the gutter with the rest of the NFL’s also rans…

  28. charliecharger says:
    December 31, 2017 at 2:30 pm
    screamingyellowzonkers says:
    December 31, 2017 at 11:51 am
    Whoops. There goes that Rooney Rule thing again.

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    The Cleveland Browns are the perfect example of how the Rooney Rule works. They have a black head coach, a black QB, and a black General Manager (he got fired a couple weeks ago). Wouldn’t be nice if more teams were just like the Browns?
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    Actually, my post isn’t really to support the Rooney Rule.
    Rather, it’s a slap at the NFL for ignoring their own rules that they develop. From IR designations, suspensions and the Rooney Rule, the NFL is total inconsistent in following their own rules.

  29. Anyone else think it’s a stretch that the GM would care what the commissioner thinks about a coach you wanted to hire. I don’t know Florio. You’ve been using a lot of ink connecting dots lately.

  30. —————
    So you would prefer Marvin Lewis, Dom Capers, Pagano, Cable, Tice etc……over anybody on the Patriots staff?

    Yeah, sure, a bunch of retreads. That’s exactly what I meant.

    My point was it would be easy to pluck someone from New England’s staff. The real work would be finding the next McVay, Pederson or even Zimmer.

    Marvin Lewis, hilarious.

  31. No coach has left the BB coaching tree and been successful. Years down the road there will be no discussion about the legacy Bill left behind. Any team who can’t see that the folly in bringing in a Belichexk disciple for a HC position deserves what they get. Mangini, Weis, Crennel, McDaniels, O’Brien – no thanks.

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    your6ringsaremeaninglessnow says:
    December 31, 2017 at 11:57 am
    Yards stats not mattering, sounds like something a fan of a weak defense would say. If this were true, teams would run the prevent defense each down.
    ……………………….
    Right on!!! The Pats soon to be 13-3 record proves how smart you are.

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