Bill Belichick defends Matt Patricia: 'I think Matt is a great coach'

Ryan Hannable
January 29, 2019 - 3:59 pm

ATLANTA -- Bill Belichick assistants haven't exactly done the greatest when they've become head coaches.

Matt Patricia is the latest, as the Lions went 6-10 in his first season in Detroit. Patricia took a lot of heat for the way he coached, including holding practices outside in snow when the team plays home games indoors.

Belichick was asked about Patricia at his press conference Tuesday by a Detroit-based reporter, and while he wanted to keep it to the Patriots and Rams, the coach did stick up for his former defensive coordinator.

“I am here to talk about the Patriots and the Rams, and that is what our job is this week is to get ready for the Rams," he said. "I think Matt is a great coach. I think he does a great job. He did a great job for me. He is very smart. He understands football. He’s an excellent teacher, but really I am here to talk about the Rams.”

Patricia was with the Patriots from 2004-17 before taking the Lions' job last offseason.

Another Belichick assistant will get a chance to become a head coach next season, as Brian Flores is all but officially going to Miami.

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