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Mike ReissESPN Workers Author
- Lined Patriots since 1997
- Joined ESPN in 2009
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Matt Patricia, who changed into fired as Detroit Lions head coach in November before the completion of his third year on the job, is returning to the New England Patriots‘ teaching workers in 2021, a provide confirmed.
Patricia had been an assistant on Bill Belichick’s workers from 2004 to 2017 before landing the Lions job. In Detroit, he posted a 13-29-1 file, with a form of victories coming over Belichick’s Patriots early in his first season.
It changed into a turbulent tenure in Detroit for Patricia, and a return to New England — the put he is anticipated to support Belichick’s workers in a diversity of roles — affords him a actual and acquainted haven in which to proceed his teaching profession in the NFL.
Patricia, 46, had most just currently served as the Patriots’ defensive coordinator from 2012 to 2017, and in his absence, Belichick hasn’t supplied that title to one more coach. Nonetheless Belichick referenced this previous season that his son Steve, the outside linebackers coach, changed into calling the defense.
Also, inner linebackers coach Jerod Mayo has a important role. Mayo, 34, is judicious a coach on the upward thrust, as evidenced by his fresh interview with the Philadelphia Eagles for their head-teaching opening that went to Indianapolis Colts offensive coordinator Reduce Sirianni.
Patricia’s return mirrors, in fraction, what got right here in 2014, when Belichick employed Michael Lombardi — his outmoded director of participant personnel with the Cleveland Browns (1991-95) — as an assistant to the head coach.
The familiarity that Lombardi had with Belichick, and the crew’s overall system, made his transition into the group moderately seamless.
The Boston Globe first reported Patricia’s return.