Matt Patricia not trying to be Bill Belichick in Detroit

Matt Patricia not trying to be Bill Belichick in Detroit

The VVS alum was introduced on Wednesday as the new man in charge for the Lions after spending the past 14 seasons on Bill Belichick's coaching staff with the Patriots. "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". However, at his introductory press conference, Patricia cleared things up. Watch the press conference above.

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"Yeah, Jim Bob is on staff and he will be here", Patricia said.

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

The Lions' offense was a bright spot last season, finishing seventh in the league in scoring. He's a defensive-minded head coach, and having an experienced play-caller on the other side of the field while help Patricia transition to this new role.




"The way that he looks at the game, his vision of the game, the way that he sees the game move and change before it actually does is unbelievable", he said.

Here's what Twitter had to say about Patricia's transformation. "There are a lot of guys that get deployed and our guys tend to do different things each year to keep us occupied while we're working, so it was just on my mind, making sure I remember all those great people who are out there helping us and protecting us". 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 takes over a Lions team that hasn't won a playoff game since 1991 and has gone through seven previous head coaches since 2000.

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.

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