Thursday, 22 February, 2018

Lions finalize Paul Pasqualoni as their new defensive coordinator

What Matt Patricia's in-game adjustments mean for Detroit What Matt Patricia's in-game adjustments mean for Detroit
Elias Hubbard | 08 February, 2018, 13:08

New Detroit Lions head coach Matt Patricia plans to keep offensive co-ordinator Jim Bob Cooter.

Sporting a freshly trimmed beard, Patricia said all the right things in Wednesday's press conference, especially when commenting on what he can take away from working with Bill Belichick.

Since winning the 1957 National Football League title, Detroit's only postseason victory was more than a quarter-century ago. But Patricia did not say he would coach the Lions in the so-called Patriots Way. The Patriots' defense finished in the Top 10 in scoring every year Patricia was the coordinator dating back to 2012. With AP Photos.The Detroit Lions introduced Matt Patricia as their coach.

Patricia said he is not trying to replicate what Belichick has done with New England. From using much of his prepared remarks to speak directly to and about his family, to taking each reporter's question individually and personably, Patricia came across as focused, intelligent and kind.

Patricia pledged the Lions will be "competitive", and said his "bottom line is about winning".

The Lions will host the Patriots next season.

Detroit fired Jim Caldwell after a 36-28 record and two playoff appearances because the team believed it needed new leadership to become a true contender.

Years later, Patricia took a pivotal step toward his dream job after earning an aeronautical engineering degree at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute by being a graduate assistant at his alma mater. He appeared to be in the running to be hired by his homestate New York Giants and perhaps the Arizona Cardinals, but choose the challenge in the Motor City at least in part because of his relationship with Quinn.

The former center and guard was a graduate assistant at RPI in 1996 before shifting gears to be an aeronautical engineer for two years.

Davidson, who was sacked as Denver Broncos offensive line coach after the 2017 season, replaces Ron Prince, one of just two offensive assistants the Lions did not retain from Jim Caldwell's staff.

Jim Bob Cooter was not mentioned in the morning release, but he is listed on the team's website as its returning offensive coordinator.

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