Patricia, 43, joined the Patriots staff in 2004.More news: Red Cross helps Rockford family displaced by fire
Then this weekend hit and Ian Rapoport re-centered the Matt Patricia discussion around the Lions, while still acknowledging that the Giants had interest, but were not as far along in the process with any candidate as the NY reports suggested. The Patriots have finished in the top 10 in points allowed in all six of Patricia's seasons as defensive coordinator.
ESPN's Adam Schefter reported Sunday that contract details still need to be worked out, but "you could slot Matt Patricia in in Detroit".More news: Which Insider sold 75021 Shares Of Cisco Systems, Inc. (CSCO)?
Looking at the numbers, New England has had a subpar year on defense, which may leave fans wary. He then served as the assistant offensive line coach in 2005 before moving to the defensive side in 2006, handling duties as linebackers coach through 2010.
During Sunday morning's conference call, Belichick did not address Schefter's report but explained his thought process behind hiring new assistants, one that does not alter much from his usual approach.
Shurmer was 9-23 in 2011 and 2012 with the Cleveland Browns and, also won the final game of the 2015 season for the Philadelphia Eagles after Chip Kelly was sacked with one game remaining.More news: Cardinal Health Inc (NYSE:CAH) Institutional Investor Sentiment
Bob Quinn promised a "thorough" coaching search when he fired Jim Caldwell on New Year's Day, and 10 days later it's clear the Lions have embarked on that - or at least a long one.