Lions' Matt Patricia will keep Jim Bob Cooter as offensive coordinator

Posted February 08, 2018

As a defensive-minded coach, what base defense will Patricia run in Detroit?

The team announced a slew of coaching staff updates on Wednesday. However, it's not as if he's some coach handpicked from the collegiate ranks. Being a defensive coach himself, Patricia new choice would obviously be someone he could work very closely with as the Pat's defensive guru will undoubtedly want to put his own stamp on the Detroit "D". I have learned immensely from his detailed leadership approach to the game, which has certainly shaped me into the football coach that I am today. A graduate of Ohio State, be began his coaching career as a volunteer assistant with the New Orleans Saints from 1995-96 following a three-year playing career with the Broncos from 1990-92.

They both hail from the Patriot Way, but that's not what they're chasing now.

Before the Patriots had returned to Gillette Stadium from the Super Bowl, changes already were underway. He was an assistant coach at Syracuse in 2001. "We would try to just out plan each other all the time and we'd have huge games that would roll into weeks at a time".

He also served as head coach at the University of CT from 2011-13.

Brian Stewart is the team's defensive backs coach after a stint as defensive coordinator and interim head coach previous year at Rice University.

Pasqualoni has previous stints in the National Football League with the Houston Texans (2015), Chicago Bears (2014), Dallas Cowboys (2005-07, 2010) and Miami Dolphins (2008-09).

This is his third stint as a defensive coordinator in the NFL. He was sacked as Syracuse head coach in 2004.

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. Last year's DC, Teryl Austin, took his talents to Cincinnati to become the Bengals new defensive coordinator. Pasqualoni returned to Dallas in 2010, this time as a defensive line coach.

The Lions desperately hope Patricia takes full advantage of his first opportunity to lead a football team and ends their decades-long search for a coach who can lead them to elusive success in the playoffs. Schiano coached Devin McCourty for five years. Pasqualoni coached the Orange from 1987-2004 and Patricia was a grad assistant for Syracuse during the early 2000's.