But one man who's known Patricia since his early days in New England, former Patriots-safety-turned-NBC-analyst Rodney Harrison, says it was clear from the start that Patricia would rise up the coaching ranks - despite his rough exterior. He acknowledged the fans, said he was glad to have us on his side after experiencing how loud it can get in Ford Field. His players swear by their coach, many crediting the man who began his National Football League career 14 years ago as an offensive quality control assistant for New England, for saving theirs.
Patricia has also coached at Syracuse, Amherst and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
As mentioned, McDaniels and Patricia aren't the first coordinators to move on from New England - and they likely won't be the last.
Caldwell, 62, finished four seasons with a 36-28 (.563) record, and 0-2 in the playoffs. We've got a long way to go before we can call it the "Lions way".
After three seasons as a position coach in Dallas, Pasqualoni was hired as the Miami Dolphins defensive coordinator, but he was sacked following his second season with the team (2009)-one in which the Dolphins' defense gave up 24.4 points per game.
Nothing has been disclosed about Patricia's contract, but the safe assumption is that it's in the single-digit millions.
Detroit Lions general manager Bob Quinn, who previously worked in the Patriots personnel department, said he had "zero" concerns that Patricia would get cold feet.
The overwhelming theme throughout Patricia's press conference was that Detroit felt close to home for him because of the relationship he has with Quinn, and how he identifies with a city like Detroit that is all too eager to embrace a hard-working, no-nonsense coach. I have learned immensely from his detailed leadership approach to the game, which has certainly shaped me into the football coach that I am today.
"It was obviously a great opportunity for me to go home".
To the future of the Detroit Lions: "I believe that I am a leader. I just feel very bad for our guys", he said.
The addition of Pasqualoni comes in the wake of Teryl Austin taking the Cincinnati Bengals' defensive coordinator position. He took the same job with the Cincinnati Bengals. He even refused to directly confirm that Jim Bob Cooter will be the offensive coordinator, instead saying Cooter "is on staff" and "will be here". He remains in the role.
And it would hardly be ideal timing for the Patriots to change offensive coordinators on Brady, who will also turn 41 in August. Hired as coach of the Tennessee Titans.