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Fresh off their Super Bowl LII loss, New England Patriots assistants are moving on. Josh McDaniels is now the head coach of the Indianapolis Colts. Meanwhile defensive coordinator Matt Patricia, who is mainly responsible for his side’s disastrous effort on Sunday night, takes over in Detroit.

Here’s Executive VP and GM Bob Quinn on the hire:

When we launched the search for our next head coach, I wanted to find a leader that could take us to the next level and I am confident we have found that in Matt Patricia. He has been preparing for this opportunity his entire career, and he’s ready for the responsibility and its challenges.

But he doesn’t stop there.

Matt is driven to succeed, has extreme passion for the game, and excels in preparation. He embodies the same hard-working, blue-collar attributes that represent our organization and the great city of Detroit.

And Patricia, of course, knows what to say:

Lastly, I’d like to express my appreciation and thanks to Bill Belichick. He’s been a remarkable mentor to me, not only as a football coach but also as a man and as a friend. 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. Quite simply, I’ve been incredibly fortunate to work with who I believe is the greatest coach in NFL history.

But it’s time for a new chapter.

Now, I turn all of my attention to the Lions. I look forward to the next chapter of my career in Detroit.

In six seasons as New England’s defensive coordinator, the Patriots would rank top 10 in points allowed every year. But in three of those seasons, they would rank 25th or worse in yards allowed. This past season, the Pats would rank 29th. But now he’s on to the Lions, who boast a top 10 offense (in points) and bottom 10 defense (in points and yards).

Does Patricia have the ability to turn the Lions around?

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