New Lions head coach Patricia will keep Cooter

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He stood off to the side in the Detroit Lions' indoor practice facility Wednesday afternoon, slipping in late and becoming inconspicuous as his new boss, Matt Patricia, was formally introduced as the team's new head coach. Patricia got back on the sideline as a defensive line coach at Amherst College in 1999 and went on to be a graduate assistant for Paul Pasqualoni, whom he has hired to be Detroit's defensive coordinator.

Chris and Jeff take some time to go through the press conference and analyze Coach Patricia's answers to the barrage of questions he was pelted with. Watch the press conference above. Now that he is the face of the Lions, Patricia decided his face should be a little less bushy.

All that said, he's still the same pencil-wielding Patricia.

"I think it's hard to really categorize a "Way, '" he said". He and Lions general manager Bob Quinn worked together for a dozen years in New England.

"Before we talk about anything like that, I think first and foremost what we need to talk about is the [NFC North] division", Patricia said.

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"Just as far as coach Belichick is concerned, I'll say this: He's one of the most unbelievable coaches I've ever been around", Patricia said. "Anytime I want to call a play, offense, defense or special teams, I get to call it". He's in New England.

Davidson, 50, spent the 1997-2004 seasons with the New England Patriots in various capacities working with tight ends and offensive linemen.

The Lions finished last in the National Football League in rushing this season at 76.3 yards per game, more than 9 yards fewer than every other team, and quarterback Matthew Stafford was sacked a career-high 47 times. 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.

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.

Detroit fired Jim Caldwell after a 36-28 record and two playoff appearances because the team believed it needed new leadership to become a true contender.

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