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Patriots coordinators Patricia, McDaniels officially moving on
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The much-rumored and expected departures from Bill Belichick’s coaching staff are now official following the Super Bowl LII loss to the Eagles.
Monday, the Detroit Lions announced that now-former Patriots defensive coordinator Matt Patricia is the team’s new head coach.
Tuesday, the Indianapolis Colts made similar announcement with now-former New England offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels becoming that team’s sideline boss.
While the Colts have scheduled a press for Wednesday in Indianapolis, the Lions issued a statement from Patricia as he moves on to the next stage of his coaching career after 14 years in New England:
“I’m incredibly honored and grateful to be named Head Coach of the Detroit Lions. Thank you to Mrs. Ford and her family, Rod Wood, and Bob Quinn for their trust and support as we begin this new chapter of Lions football.
“This position comes with great responsibility, and I will commit every ounce of my energy to this football team, starting today. My family is excited to become part of this wonderful city that displays so much passion for their teams.
“I can’t express enough appreciation to the entire New England Patriots franchise, particularly Robert and Jonathan Kraft and their entire family. I will truly cherish these last 14 years as a member of this incredible organization.
“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.
“Now I turn all of my attention to the Lions. I look forward to the next chapter of my career in Detroit.”
Beyond McDaniels and Patricia departing, there have been reports that special teams coach Joe Judge had his contract expire and could possibly move on. Other reports have indicated that current Ohio State defensive coordinator Greg Schiano, formerly the head coach at both Rutgers and in the NFL with the Buccaneers, could be joining Belichick’s staff in New England.
Stay tuned for more comings and goings on the Patriots coaching staff.