FOXBOROUGH, Mass .– Matt Patricia, who was fired as head coach of the Detroit Lions in November before the end of his third year on the job, is returning to the New England Patriots coaching staff in 2021, confirmed a source.
Patricia had been a staff assistant to Bill Belichick from 2004 to 2017 before landing the Lions job. In Detroit, he posted a 13-29-1 record, with one of those wins over the Belichick Patriots early in his first season.
It was a turbulent tenure in Detroit for Patricia, and a return to New England – where he is expected to assist Belichick’s staff in various roles – provides him with a safe and familiar haven to continue his coaching career in the NFL. .
Patricia, 46, had most recently served as the Patriots’ defensive coordinator from 2012 to 2017, and in her absence Belichick has not given the title to another coach. But Belichick mentioned last season that his son Steve, the outside linebacker coach, called the defense.
In addition, inside linebacker coach Jerod Mayo has an important role. Mayo, 34, is seen as a rising coach, as evidenced by his recent interview with the Philadelphia Eagles for their head coach opening that went to Indianapolis Colts offensive coordinator Nick Sirianni.
Patricia’s return in part reflects what happened in 2014, when Belichick hired Michael Lombardi – his former director of player personnel with the Cleveland Browns (1991-95) – as his assistant coach. -chief.
Lombardi’s familiarity with Belichick and the team’s overall system made his transition to the organization rather seamless.
The Boston Globe first reported Patricia’s return.