Detroit Lions name Matt Patricia head coach
New England Patriots defensive coordinator Matt Patricia looks on during warm-ups prior to Super Bowl LII against the Philadelphia Eagles at U.S. Bank Stadium on February 4, 2018 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP/WJBK) - The Detroit Lions have named Patriots' defensive coordinator Matt Patricia head coach.
Patricia comes off losing Super Bowl 52 to the Philadelphia Eagles 41-33 on Sunday. His defense gave up 538 yards in the loss.
The Patriots ranked 29th in yards allowed (366.0) during the regular season, but held opponents to an average of 18.5 points. Only one of the Patriots' final 12 regular season opponents scored more than 24 points.
Patricia's 2016 defense finished No. 1 in the NFL by allowing 15.6 points per game.
The Lions will introduce Patricia during a press conference on Wednesday at 3 p.m. The Lions policy prevents FOX 2 from streaming from inside Lions buildings. Highlights from the press conference can be seen on TV on FOX 2 News at 5 p.m. on Wednesday.
Patricia previously worked with General Manager Bob Quinn in New England.and has been a member of the Patriots coaching staff since 2004 and the team's defensive coordinator for the last six seasons. The 43-year-old has been a part of three of their five Super Bowl victories, as well as their losses to the Giants after the 2007 and '11 seasons.
Prior to joining the Patriots, Patricia spent six seasons coaching in college. He worked as an aeronautical engineer for two years before returning to coaching at Amherst in 1999. Patricia's first coaching experience came in 1996, when he served as a graduate assistant at RPI, where he was a center and guard.
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