Lions hire Matt Patricia as new head coach

Hiring comes day after Super Bowl loss

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Matt Patricia

When it came to naming their new head coach, the Detroit Lions wasted no time in making the hiring of New England Patriots defensive coordinator Matt Patricia official.

The team announced his hiring on Monday, less than a day after the Patriots lost 41-33 to the Philadelphia Eagles in Sunday night's Super Bowl LII.

Patricia's hiring had been rumored for weeks, but couldn't be made official before the Patriots' season was over.

The Lions fired their previous head coach, Jim Caldwell, last month following a 9-7 season in which the team missed the playoffs.

Caldwell, who also coached the Indianapolis Colts from 2009-11, posted a 36-28 regular season record in four seasons with the Lions, but was 0-2 in playoff games.

“This position comes with great responsibility, and I will commit every ounce of my energy to this football team, starting today,” Patricia said in a statement released by the team.

Patricia, 43, joined the Patriots as an offensive assistant in 2004 and worked his way up to defensive coordinator in 2012.

The Lions plan to formally introduce Patricia at a news conference on Wednesday.

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