'He's achieved a terrific job': Matt Patricia retains Jim Bob Cooter

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A freshly trimmed Matt Patricia paused in the middle of his introductory news conference as the new Detroit Lions head coach to slide his famous pencil over his ear.

Here's what Twitter had to say about Patricia's transformation.

In recent years, Patricia has become a candidate to lead a team in the league as one of Bill Belichick's top assistant coaches. That's it. He's incredible.

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Patricia added: "But I certainly take all those lessons that I've learned, from how to teach and coach and the fond memories that we had in New England, similar to what I take from my learning experience at Syracuse, and even at the lower levels - Amherst College and even my playing years at RPI". He's someone that has worked with a lot of guys I have worked with in the past, someone everyone speaks very highly of and I have a lot of respect for because I've been on the other side of the ball going against him. "I got to see a couple of them before they left and the were usually in full beard, obviously doing great things to protect our country and just great Americans".

During said Q&A with the media, Patricia made sure to note that current Lions offensive coordinator Jim Bob Cooter will remain in that role on his new staff. The Lions are coming off back-to-back 9-7 seasons and appear to be set at quarterback with Matthew Stafford. I think you can learn from the past.

Matt Patricia's unlikely path to becoming an NFL coach began with his buddies, setting up miniature players on a vibrating, metal field for fierce games of electric football.

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Patricia said he's not daunted by the undertaking.

"It's all about moving forward for me", he said. I think you can take a look of examples of things that happened. "As you go through the process of spring, training camp and the season, for me that changes". "I'm just trying to do everything in my power to do everything right".

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