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National Football League side Detroit Lions hide secret message in head coaching announcement

08 February 2018

Matt Patricia was introduced as head coach of the Detroit Lions on Wednesday at the team's Allen Park, Mich., facility.

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.

The team officially released a list of all of the new assistant coaches joining Patricia in Detroit, headlined by Pasqualoni.

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The Lions have been searching for a coach since firing Jim Caldwell, after Detroit finished 9-7 in 2017.

He's not in New England any more.

They both hail from the Patriot Way, but that's not what they're chasing now. I would have to guess that winning with Bill Belichick played a rather large role in the decision to hire the defense-minded coach. Prior to Houston, he spent three seasons with the New England Patriots, beginning as an offensive assistant in 2011 before coaching the tight ends from 2012-13. "Obviously to have an opportunity to do that here is extremely important, so that was a great kind of start", Patricia said. He was the Patriots' defensive coordinator the past six seasons. Tuesday for me yesterday was go to New England, get a chance to see the guys that played for me previous year, tell them how much I appreciate them and love them.

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"Just as far as coach Belichick is concerned, I'll say this: He's one of the most awesome coaches I've ever been around", Patricia said. "No one forced him to consider anybody, but we wanted to hear their views on our coaching staff, we wanted to hear their views on our players, and ultimately he made the decision on the coaching staff he wanted to build, which included Jim Bob and a few of the other guys on the offensive side". The site even goes as far as to name Alex Grinch his replacement in Columbus. He originally joined the Lions coaching staff in 2016 after 23 years as a college coach, including 10 seasons as a head coach at the University of Miami (2011-15) and at Temple University (2006-10). Patricia is attempting to buck those trends, but also the history of failures of other coaches who have left the Belichick nest. Schiano coached Devin McCourty for five years. "There's a whole player evaluation that needs to take place first".

"I think it's hard to really categorize a "Way, '" he said". Josh McDaniels is now the head coach of the Indianapolis Colts. "You'd have to talk to those teams that are involved".

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National Football League side Detroit Lions hide secret message in head coaching announcement