Midway through his introductory press conference in Detroit, Matt Patricia paused to "get comfortable". The former Syracuse University head coach hired Patricia in 2001 to be an offensive assistant at Syracuse, which was his first NCAA Division I post. At one point during the press conference, he popped a pencil over his right ear, which was another token of his during his time with the Pats. The new head coach said he's not focused on bringing "The Patriot Way" to Detroit, but rather noted reaching such standards is a process. Now that he is the face of the Lions, Patricia decided his face should be a little less bushy.
Detroit Lions general manager Bob Quinn, who previously worked in the Patriots personnel department, said he had "zero" concerns that Patricia would get cold feet.
Patricia pledged the Lions will be "competitive", and said his "bottom line is about winning". We can work together and try to put a team in place that we feel represents what we believe in and what we want the Detroit Lions to look like.
"The way that he looks at the game, his vision of the game, the way that he sees the game move and change before it actually does is unbelievable", he said. He and Quinn did ask candidates what they thought about those coaches on their staff. Quinn said January 1 that the new coach - now Patricia - would have autonomy over his staff. "I'll say this: There is one coach Belichick. From how to teach and coach, and the fundamental beliefs that we had in New England, which I think are strong".
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The Lions have not won a playoff game since 1991 and have had seven other head coaches since 2000.
Patriots defensive coordinator Matt Patricia talks about his relationship with quarterback Tom Brady from Super Bowl LII on Thursday, Feb. 1, 2018 in Minnesota. "There are a lot of guys that get deployed and our guys tend to do different things each year to keep us occupied while we're working, so it was just on my mind, making sure I remember all those great people who are out there helping us and protecting us".
Quinn fired coach Jim Caldwell last month with a 36-28 mark over four years and two playoff appearances.