Vernon-Verona-Sherrill graduate Matt Patricia made his first appearance as a head coach in the NFL Wednesday afternoon as the Detroit Lions officially introduced him at a press conference.
Patricia was hired by the Lions on Monday, less than 24 hours after his former New England Patriots fell to the Philadelphia Eagles in Super Bowl LII.
The former Pats defensive coordinator received a tour of the Lions’ training facility and spoke for the first time as the lead man in the motor city. He talked about stepping out from under the shadow of legendary coach Bill Belichick, and didn’t take long to break the ice in his new city.
"You know what the good thing about being the head coach is? Any time that I want to call a play – offense, defense or special teams – I get to call it,” Patricia said. “So that'll be pretty exciting for me. I'll say this: there's only one Coach Belichick. That's it; he's amazing. He's in New England. I'm Matt Patricia, I'm my own person. I'm my own guy, I got my own style, but I certainly will take all those lessons that I learned."
Patricia confirmed that offensive coordinator Jim Bob Cooter will remain on the team’s staff, and he also said that former Syracuse University head coach Paul Pasqualoni will join him on the sidelines, reportedly in the defensive coordinator position.