Lions finalize Paul Pasqualoni as their new defensive coordinator

08 February, 2018, 09:28 | Author: Laura Christensen
  • New England Patriots defensive coordinator Matt Patricia leaves the field after an NFL divisional playoff football game against the Tennessee Titans in Foxborough Mass. The Detroit Lions have hired Patricia as their coa

"I'm just trying to do everything in my power to do everything right". Getting here, unbelievable welcome from the Ford family.

The overwhelming theme throughout Patricia's press conference was that Detroit felt close to home for him because of the relationship he has with Quinn, and how he identifies with a city like Detroit that is all too eager to embrace a hard-working, no-nonsense coach.

"We sat next to each other in a lot of team meetings in New England for many of our years together", Quinn recalled.

Despite the Patriots allowing 41 points in last night's Super Bowl loss to the Philadelphia Eagles, Patricia won three Super Bowls during his time in New England.


An Oneida County native has been named as the head coach of the Detroit Lions, according to the NFL. "He gets his players to play hard and he's smart, creative". O'Brien parlayed his job at Penn State into becoming the head coach of the Texans.

Patricia is largely viewed as a player's coach, and somewhat of a renegade. Pasqualoni coached the Orange from 1987-2004 and Patricia was a grad assistant for Syracuse during the early 2000's. Sharp-eyed fans may have noticed the large, bearded fella with a No. 2 pencil behind his ear, but no one outside Gillette knew of his blue-collar brilliance. Hired as coach of the New York Giants. And while he loved football, he graduated with a degree in aeronautical engineering en route to a career in rocket science. "My parents were teachers, and in college I had coaches that really helped me grow as a young man", he tells OZY. "I come from an organization where I was very close with the ownership there and that's very important to me and obviously to have and to do that here is extremely important".

Before joining the Patriots, he worked at Syracuse, Amherst and his undergraduate alma mater Rensselaer. He held that title for all of eight games-once the season ended, he made the trek back to his home state to coach the University of CT. He certainly couldn't pull the Belichick act if he can't bring the Belichickian winning with it.

Detroit's hope is that Patricia, who owns three Super Bowl rings from his years in New England, will finally be the coach to get them to their first National Football League championship since 1957 - or at least get them their first playoff win since January 1992 (when Patricia was a senior at Vernon-Verona-Sherrill High School in New York). Prior to Nebraska, he was the defensive coordinator and defensive backs coach at both Maryland (2012-14) and the University of Houston (2010-11).

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