Matt Patricia

Coaching Record

Years Coached Record Win % Playoff record Playoff win %
20 217-100-1 68.40% 21-12 63.64%

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Career Summary

Matt Patricia was a football coach in the National Football League (NFL) from 2004 to 2023, finishing his career as the senior defensive assistant coach of the Philadelphia Eagles. Over his twenty years of coaching his teams compiled a cumulative win/loss record of 218-104-1. He was the head coach of the Detroit Lions from 2018 until the 2020 season, during which time the Lions went 14-33-1. During his career he was a head coach for three seasons. He was fired from the Lions on Saturday, November 28, 2020.

Matt Patricia Coaching Tree

Before he was a head coach, Patricia served as an assistant coach for Bill Belichick and Nick Sirianni. Sixteen of these years were spent on Belichick's coaching staff.

Personal Information

Patricia was born on Friday, September 13, 1974 in Sherrill, New York.

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Playing Career

Matt Patricia lettered in both wrestling and football at Vernon-Verona-Sherrill Central School in Sherrill, New York. His college career was even more promising than his high school career. Patricia was an offensive lineman at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and played both center and guard. His senior class compiled an overall record of 31-8. During his collegiate playing career R.P.I won three ECAC Championships.

Coaching Career

Coaching in College

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Patricia’s first appearance into coaching was at his Alma Mater, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, where he earned a degree in aeronautical engineering, in 1996 as a graduate assistant under his former head coach, Ray Moran.

Amherst College

After a two-year break from coaching Patricia returned to the scene and spent two seasons as a defensive line coach at Amherst College from 1999-2000. During his time at Amherst, the team went 12-4 overall.


Patricia moved from Amherst to Syracuse in order to coach on a D-1 team as the graduate assistant coach at the school from 2001-2003. While there, he made the numerous connections in order to coach with the New England Patriots in the NFL.

Coaching in the NFL

New England Patriots

Patricia has spent his entire 14-year NFL coaching career with the New England Patriots. In 2004 he was hired as a coaching assistant. His NFL career was an immediate success with the win of Super Bowl XXXIX, the Patriots third title in four seasons. In 2005 Patricia aided Dante Scarnecchia as the assistant offensive line coach in a season where the running back group overcame injuries and ran 1,388 yards in 395 carries. In 2006 he flipped to defense, and for the next five years he coached the team’s linebackers.

In 2011 Matt made a lateral move from coaching the linebackers to coaching safeties. While he did not have the title of defensive coordinator, Patricia had called plays for the defense since 2010 after former DC Dean Pees left for the Baltimore Ravens. For the 2012 season he earned the title of defensive coordinator. While the defense posted consistently great stats throughout his tenure as defensive coordinator, the unit peaked in 2016 when the led the league in scoring at fewer than 16 points a game. They also limited opposing teams to only 6 rushing touchdowns all season long, again leading the league. Across his tenure with the Patriots, the team won the Super Bowl in 2004, 2014, and 2016 with two more appearances in 2007 and 2011.


Year Position Record Playoff record
2023 Philadelphia Eagles Senior Defensive Assistant Coach 11-6-0 0-1
2022 New England Patriots Offensive Line Coach / Senior Football Advisor 8-9-0 0-0
2021 New England Patriots Senior Football Advisor 10-7-0 0-1
2020 Detroit Lions Head Coach 4-7-0 0-0
2019 Detroit Lions Head Coach 3-12-1 0-0
2018 Detroit Lions Head Coach 6-10-0 0-0
2017 New England Patriots Defensive Coordinator 13-3-0 2-1
2016 New England Patriots Defensive Coordinator 14-2-0 3-0
2015 New England Patriots Defensive Coordinator 12-4-0 1-1
2014 New England Patriots Defensive Coordinator 12-4-0 3-0
2013 New England Patriots Defensive Coordinator 12-4-0 1-1
2012 New England Patriots Defensive Coordinator 12-4-0 1-1
2011 New England Patriots Safeties Coach 13-3-0 2-1
2010 New England Patriots Linebackers Coach 14-2-0 0-1
2009 New England Patriots Linebackers Coach 10-6-0 0-1
2008 New England Patriots Linebackers Coach 11-5-0 0-0
2007 New England Patriots Linebackers Coach 16-0-0 2-1
2006 New England Patriots Linebackers Coach 12-4-0 2-1
2005 New England Patriots Assistant Offensive Line Coach 10-6-0 1-1
2004 New England Patriots Offensive Assistant Coach 14-2-0 3-0
2003 Syracuse Orange Graduate Assistant 6-6-0
2002 Syracuse Orange Graduate Assistant 4-8-0
2001 Syracuse Orange Graduate Assistant 10-3-0

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