Less than 24 hours after losing the Super Bowl, Patriots defensive coordinator Matt Patricia was named the new head coach of the Detroit Lions. Patricia had been with the Patriots since 2004 where he started as an offensive assistant, then linebackers coach, before eventually being named the defensive coordinator in 2012.
The Detroit Lions announced the hiring today on Twitter and the response, even by Lions fans, went exactly how you’d expect:
— Detroit Lions (@Lions) February 5, 2018
41 points! 🤣
— MonsterOfTheTriState (@SCAR_179NY) February 5, 2018
He is benching the best CB on the Lions as we speak!! LOL
— 🏈 FalconFanTC 🏈*️⃣ (@FalcFanCoulborn) February 5, 2018
While you were tweeting this he just benched Slay
— Brady Cant Play Defense Too (@PipeGodBrek) February 5, 2018
His defense looked great last night
— Mark B In SD (@MomsOopsBaby) February 5, 2018
youre in great shape if you can score 45 points a game.
— bill (@eyewasbored) February 5, 2018
I’m not one of those people that says good riddance once someone takes another job, it’s not my style, but it will be nice to get some new blood on the sidelines. Since Patricia took over as DC in 2012, the Patriots have ranked 25th, 26th, 13th, 9th, 8th, and 29th in yards allowed per game. They give up a ton of yards and consequently, they give up points.
One of the candidates to take over for Patricia is current Ohio State defensive coordinator Greg Schiano. Schiano has a long relationship with Bill Belichick dating back to Schiano’s tenure at Rutgers where he was head coach from 2001-2011. We all know how much Belichick likes his players from Rutgers, coaches included.
Another option for the Patriots would be promoting current linebackers coach Brian Flores to DC. Most had thought this was the move to make and still could be. Flores was one of the leading candidates to land the Arizona Cardinals head coaching job, so that shows you just how ready he is to be promoted to, at the very least, defensive coordinator.
It’s still possible that both these men are put to work and promoted as Flores could be promoted to DC and Schiano could be brought in as an assistant, it’s just a matter if Schiano is willing to leave Ohio State. Time will tell.