By Isaiah Houde
The Detroit Lions officially hired the Matt Patricia as their head coach, as expected. The team announced on Monday that he has been hired, and he has been in talks with the team throughout the New England Patriots’ playoff run.
Patricia was with New England since the 2004 season and has been defensive coordinator since 2012. He’s won two Super Bowls there, continuously finding a way to string together a playoff-worthy defense.
Patricia spoke about the new opportunity and his appreciation for the Patriots organization in a statement on Monday.
“This position comes with great responsibility, and I will commit every ounce of my energy to this football team, starting today,” Patricia said, via nfl.com. “My family is excited to become part of this wonderful city that displays so much passion for their teams.
“I can’t express enough appreciation to the entire New England Patriots franchise, particularly Robert and Jonathan Kraft and their entire family. I will truly cherish these last 14 years as a member of this incredible organization.”
Below is Patricia’s full statement.
Matt Patricia's statement on taking the Lions job. pic.twitter.com/JWhWoKV6QK
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