Matt Patricia thanks Bill Belichick after accepting Lions job
As has been expected for some time now, the Detroit Lions have officially named Matt Patricia as the team’s new head coach. The former New England Patriots defensive coordinator wrote a heartfelt statement released after accepting the job, as Charean Williams of ProFootballTalk posts.
In it, he thanked the Detroit Lions organization for giving him his new opportunity as well as the New England Patriots organization for 14 great years. Patricia also gave special mention to his mentor, Patriots coach Bill Belichick, thanking him for everything he’s done for him during their time working together.
“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.
Patricia had a tremendously successful time with the Patriots. He was an integral factor in their consistent winning since he took over as defensive coordinator in 2012 and had a major hand in two Super Bowl titles.
Obviously, Belichick also played a significant part in molding Patricia as a football coach. All those years of working alongside Belichick have helped prepare Patricia for this opportunity to become a head coach himself. It’s only fitting that Patricia pays homage to Belichick as he embarks on the next chapter of his career in Detroit.