Matt Patricia makes his mark for the Patriots in free agency

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Matt Patricia has returned to the Patriots, with an unspecified role. Generally, he’s there to assist the coaching staff. And by “coaching staff,” that likely means head coach Bill Belichick.

Patricia’s name appears nowhere on the team’s official website. It has appeared, via Mike Reiss of ESPN.com, on the bottom of some of the contracts signed by players during free agency.

Reiss explains that Patricia has helped to finalize contracts, signing his name to some of them on behalf of the team. Reiss says that Patricia also has been involved in some negotiations “as a salesman of sorts.”

The selling has been working, given the raw number of players the Patriots have added to a roster that, based on last season, needs plenty of help.

Patricia was a long-time assistant coach in New England before becoming head coach of the Lions in 2018. Regardless of how things went in Detroit — and obviously they didn’t go well — the Patriots long have respected Patricia for his intellect. The fact that Belichick so quickly welcomed Patricia back confirms that, regardless of what went wrong with the Lions, Belichick knows there’s plenty of ways Patricia can help the Patriots get back to what they were before 2020.

30 responses to “Matt Patricia makes his mark for the Patriots in free agency

  1. BB and Nick Saban have had a long history of trying to help coaches rehabilitate their careers after they were fired from other organizations.

  2. Welcome back. NE is where is winners win and they win as a team without individuals trying to make it about them.

  3. Looks like Brian Flores will be the only ex-pats assistant coach that has had head coaching success with another team.

  4. The smartest guy in the room mentality may explain the shotgun nature of free agency they took. You would have thought patricia was consulting with Bob Quinn

  5. Patrica has had success with the Pats

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    No, he had success with Tom Brady.

  6. Welcome back Patricia….after I said there is no way Quinn and Patricia will get fired this season in Detroit….now I jump back to rooting for the Patriots because my Raiders and Lions are terrible!

  7. Only Matt Millen will be missed less in Detroit than Quinn and Patricia. They would have surpassed Millen if they were only given more time.

  8. touchback6 says:
    March 28, 2021 at 9:54 am
    Welcome back. NE is where is winners win and they win as a team without individuals trying to make it about them.

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    You mean like BB made it about “team” when he benched Malcom Butler and refused to put him in the game despite his defense’s inability to stop the Eagles even once?

  9. My guess he gets more food in Boston. Looser who just took the money from Detroit and set them back 3 years.

  10. sharpdressedfan17 says:
    March 28, 2021 at 10:00 am
    Looks like Brian Flores will be the only ex-pats assistant coach that has had head coaching success with another team.

    72 30 Rate This

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    Are we sure about this? They ditched picks over the Tua Dilemma. Try ti pay attention.

    Ereck Flowers and Byron Jones at 14 mil per, both say hello.

  11. Not everybody can be a head coach.

    Belichick is really good at putting people in positions to succeed. That position was DC.
    Just because Patricia was a good Defensive Coordinator, doesn’t mean that he’s be a good head coach…..and boy, he sure wasn’t.

    I think that’s why most Patriots coaches tend to fall apart when they leave the Pats for HC positions. Belichick already had them promoted as far as their skills warranted.

  12. Bellichecks coaches fail to succeed after they leave to be head coaches because they deviate from what worked in New England. They try to keep high cost players,don’t trade them for future draft capital and end up desperate and reaching. The only one I’ve seen so far that is working true value and building through the draft is Flo in Miami. Well at least he’s trying! If his draft picks don’t get better than last years and don’t develop,Miami will be right back in mediocrity hell!

  13. hey did you guys know he’s a rocket scientist? lol in all seriousness, this is shaping up to even worse than last season. where you at TB12?

  14. Without a different QB than Jim Carrey look alike Cam Newton this team is going to get smoked. Find a starter or the fans of Foxboro with openly question where your family comes from Bill.

  15. sharpdressedfan17 says:
    March 28, 2021 at 10:00 am
    Looks like Brian Flores will be the only ex-pats assistant coach that has had head coaching success with another team.
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    You do know that Bill O’Brien won 2 playoff games as HC of the Texans, right?

  16. gougeaway says:
    March 28, 2021 at 4:30 pm
    It’s not Patricia’s fault Detroit is an NFL graveyard!

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    His team, draft picks and FA’s did perform like a bunch of stiffs.
    I mean, that’s surprising because he did have a pencil behind his ear the entire time so they should have had a “workman like” attitude.

    Just goes to show that BB coaching tree has no limbs on it

  17. Patrica has had success with the Pats

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    No, he had success with Tom Brady.

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    Yeah, havent you heard? It only takes one person to win multiple super bowls! Just one!

    No other players or coaches matter. Just get that one guy and your team is set.

  18. “Bellichecks coaches fail to succeed after they leave to be head coaches because they deviate from what worked in New England. They try to keep high cost players,don’t trade them for future draft capital and end up desperate and reaching.”

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    You do realize that’s exactly what happened to Bill this year no? His drafts have been not just bad, but pathetic the last 4-5 years and left the teal void of talent, then moved on from good players (for no real reason) further exacerbating the lack of talent. Then went on to largely overpaying F.A. to come and play- pretty much like every other mediocre team does- Robert Kraft admitted it himself saying they normally laugh at franchises for doing this.

    As bad as Bill screwed up, the difference is he realized it ( and Brady certainly lit a jealousy fire in him) and has pivoted unlike most GM’s who double down on their mistakes.

    Going to be an interesting year!

  19. Bill O’Brien with the Texans:

    2014 – 2nd in AFC South
    2015 – 1st in AFC South
    2016 – 1st in AFC South
    2017 – 4th in AFC South
    2018 – 1st in AFC South
    2019 – 1st in AFC South
    2020 – Fired

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