Patricia was the hottest name on thecoaching market, and he really had his choice of where he wanted to go. Having two billionaires fighting over you is a lucrative situation to be in.
Patricia, 43, has been with the Patriots since 2004, elevated to defensive coordinator in 2012. Patricia, 43, and the Lions, however, still have to agree on contract details, something that under National Football League rules can not be done until the Patriots' season ends.
Patricia will be going from the NFL's most successful franchise to one of the league's least successful franchise.
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Matt Patricia has been the favorite to succeed Jim Caldwell as Detroit Lions coach since long before Caldwell was sacked.
Prior to his time in New England, Patricia started his coaching career as a graduate assistant at his alma mater, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
Meanwhile Josh McDaniels appears in line to take the head coaching vacancy with the Indianapolis Colts.
"I think that the one thing that everybody needs to understand about Matt Patricia is that he is a rocket scientist", former Patriots linebacker Dane Fletcher said.
Last season, Patricia interviewed for head coaching jobs with the Los Angeles Rams and Los Angeles Chargers, but lost out to Sean McVay and Anthony Lynn, respectively. After taking a job maintaining submarines and aircraft carriers, he chose to go back to coaching.