'He's achieved a terrific job': Matt Patricia retains Jim Bob Cooter

Posted February 08, 2018

New Detroit Lions head coach Matt Patricia plans to keep offensive co-ordinator Jim Bob Cooter. You wouldn't know it by Coach Patricia's answers though, he handled each question as if it were relevant and well-formed and gave some pretty decent answers.

Patricia, Pasqualoni and the rest of the new defensive coaching staff seem to be keeping their options open at this point, but with the NFL Scouting Combine coming up in just a couple weeks and free agency and the draft to follow, Patricia, his staff and general manager Bob Quinn will have to identify players that fit the kind of defense they want to play.

"I wanted to find a leader that could take us to the next level and I am confident we have found that in Matt Patricia", Quinn said. "We have a very competitive division, we have some great teams in the division, and you're not going to be able to do anything unless you handle business in the division first".

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"I think it's hard to really categorize a 'Way, '" Patricia said. Patricia got back on the sideline as a defensive line coach at Amherst College in 1999 and went on to be a graduate assistant for Paul Pasqualoni, whom he has hired to be Detroit's defensive coordinator.

The Lions' offense was a bright spot last season, finishing seventh in the league in scoring.

Patricia largely sidestepped questions about the Lions' historic franchise woes, and how they could impact his tenure with the team.

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"For me, whatever anybody has done in the past really doesn't have anything to do with me", he said. "As you go through the process of spring, training camp and the season, for me that changes". But I will certainly take all those lessons that I've learned. "I'm looking forward to working together and continuing that success, building on the things that have been done on that side of the ball".

Matt Patricia's unlikely path to becoming an NFL coach began with his buddies, setting up miniature players on a vibrating, metal field for fierce games of electric football. While he interviewed for Detroit's head-coaching job, he didn't interview anywhere else during this coaching cycle. I've got my own style.

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