ALLEN PARK – Matt Patricia returns to the New England Patriots, where he will assist coaching staff in a “variety of roles” by the Boston Globe.
Patricia, the former Detroit Lions head coach, was fired after her team was sent off on Thanksgiving by the Houston Texans. He finished 13-29-1 in two seasons and a few changes in Detroit, becoming the first franchise-dismissed head coach mid-season since Steve Mariucci in 2005.
Patricia previously spent 14 years in New England, serving as the team’s defensive coordinator for the last seven seasons of her first term under Bill Belichick. He’s won three Super Bowl championships along the way, including two as a defensive coordinator.
Patricia’s title remains uncertain at this point, but it is “Should help with a handful of roles.” Interestingly, he got the most attention as the defensive coordinator, Patricia coached both sides of the ball in New England. He also comes with more experience after running the show in Detroit for 43 games.
Evan Rothstein, research assistant in Detroit, would be led with Patricia. Rothstein had been on the Detroit staff since 2012, making him one of the longest-serving employees. He has worked as a Special Teams Quality Coach, Special Projects Coach, Offensive Assistant / Research and Analysis, and Assistant Head Coach / Research and Analysis during his time.
Rothstein was placed in the spotlight for a hot second last season. Lions defensive coordinator Cory Undlin was unable to train in Week 16 due to COVID protocols, forcing Rothstein to take on the role of defensive. The Lions lost 47-7 that day, allowing four first-period touchdowns to Tom Brady and the Buccaneers.
The Lions officially hired Patricia’s replacement for Dan Campbell earlier this week. Campbell reportedly agreed to six-year deal in Detroit and was presented to fans in a high octane manner. The team also introduced its new CEO in Brad Holmes, the director of college scouting for the Los Angeles Rams over the previous eight seasons.
Separately, former Lions coach Jim Caldwell spoke on Friday for the vacant position in Houston. The Texans have confirmed the interview with Josh McCown and the former Lions quarterback / wide receiver for their open head coach position.
Caldwell last worked as an assistant head coach and quarterbacks coach in Miami. He led the Lions to two playoff appearances in four seasons, breaking a 36-28 record. He was fired after the 2017 season, opening the door for Patricia to get the job.