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Matt Patricia Officially Introduced As Head Coach

08 February 2018, 01:13 | Nina Mathis

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Matt Patricia walked into his introductory press conference as the new Detroit Lions head coach on Wednesday with trimmed hair and beard, but he said little about his specific plans for the team.

Since winning the 1957 National Football League title, Detroit's only postseason victory was more than a quarter-century ago. 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. How much that rapport carries over - and how much Cooter is able to fix the run-game and pass-protection woes his offense had the past two seasons - will be key to Patricia's success in 2018.

David Corrao is the Lions' new director of football research.

"This is a dream come true", he said.

Davidson, 50, spent the 1997-2004 seasons with the New England Patriots in various capacities working with tight ends and offensive linemen.

"I think it's hard to really categorize a 'Way, '" Patricia said.

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"He's someone that's worked with a lot of guys that I've worked with in the past and someone everyone speaks very highly of, and I have a lot of respect for because I've been on the other side of the ball going against him", Patricia continued.

Patricia rejoins Bob Quinn, a former Patriots executive who became the Lions general manager in 2016.

He earned an aeronautical engineering degree at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and later added a master's degree in education from the University of MA to his resume.

Patricia, who is from Sherrill, New York, has taken a unique path in his career. He appeared to be in the running to be hired by his homestate New York Giants, but seemed to choose the challenge in the Motor City.

After being a graduate assistant at RPI in 1996, Patricia shifted gears to be an aeronautical engineer for two years. He even refused to directly confirm that Jim Bob Cooter will be the offensive coordinator, instead saying Cooter "is on staff" and "will be here".

Jim Bob Cooter was not mentioned in the Lions' release regarding staff additions, but he is listed on the team's website as its returning offensive coordinator.

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