REPORT: Detroit Lions’ Matt Patricia to hire former Syracuse head coach

Well, the Super Bowl is in the books and it did not take long for the Detroit Lions to officially name former New England Patriots defensive coordinator Matt Patricia as their new head coach.

Now, according to reports, Patricia has decided to hire Paul Pasqualoni, who will be leaving Boston College for the Lions. It is not yet known which role on the coaching staff Pasqualoni will assume.

Pasqualoni has already been a defensive coordinator in the NFL twice, once with the Miami Dolphins (2008-2009) and also with the Dallas Cowboys (2010). He is best known for his time as head coach of Syracuse (1991-2004) where he had an overall record of 107-59, including going 6-3 in bowl games.

The link here is that Pasqualoni hired Patricia, who was the defensive line coach at Amherst at the time, as an offensive graduate assistant at Syracuse, and he remained in that position for three seasons.

Pasqualoni, who is 68-years-old, has been the defensive line coach for Boston College since 2016. His last stint in the NFL was in 2015 when he was the defensive line coach for the Houston Texans.


OFFICIAL: Matt Patricia named the new head coach of the Detroit Lions

The worst-kept secret in all of football was who the next coach of the Detroit Lions would be. Plain and simple, it’s Matt Patricia. After the firing of Jim Caldwell, many looked to Patrica as the only option for the Lions, and since he’s been donned the savior of the franchise. The announcement was made official Monday according to the Lions twitter account.

Patricia has been coaching for 14 years, spending the last six as the New England Patriots’ defensive coordinator. He enjoyed plenty of success under the tutelage of Bill Belichick, winning the Super Bowl three in New England — once as a position coach and the twice (Super Bowls XLIX & LI) as their defensive coordinator. However, it was his defense’s performance in Super Bowl LII that had Patricia lamenting their loss to the Philadelphia Eagles.

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Written by Don Drysdale

I am a fan of all Detroit sports and LOVE to write about them!

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