The New England Patriots appear likely to lose both of their coordinators after their season ends.
In six seasons with Patricia as their defensive coordinator, the Patriots have finished in the top 10 in scoring defense six times, and in the top five each of the last two years.
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Some outlets suggested Patricia was destined for the Lions, while others suggested he favored NY over Detroit.
An offensive lineman who studied aeronautical engineering at Division III Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in the 1990s, Patricia had three stops as a graduate or part-time assistant before breaking into the National Football League as a low-level assistant with the Patriots.
It is a job he has always been rumored to be one of the leading candidates for.
Patrica, 43, is a great get for the Lions, and is a Bob Quinn guy through-and-through. The Lions went 9-7 each of the last two years and made the playoffs twice under Caldwell.