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Matt Patricia

Senior Defensive Assistant


Matt Patricia was hired by the Philadelphia Eagles as a senior defensive assistant during the 2023 offseason. He brings over 25 years of experience to Philadelphia's staff, including 20 seasons working in the NFL.

Prior to joining the Eagles, Patricia spent two years as the New England Patriots' senior football advisor (2021-22). He also took on the role of offensive line coach during the 2022 season. Under his direction, the Patriots' offensive line helped Rhamondre Stevenson rank sixth among NFL running backs in yards per carry (4.95), while guard Michael Onwenu garnered second-team All-Pro recognition from Pro Football Focus.

Before returning for his second stint in New England, Patricia served as the head coach of the Detroit Lions from 2018-20. In 2018, Detroit ranked fourth in sacks per attempt (8.7%), eighth in passing defense (224.9 ypg) and 10th in rushing defense (110.1 ypg) and total defense (335.0 ypg).

Patricia coordinated the Patriots' defense from 2012-17. In that span, New England won two Super Bowls (2014 and 2016), three AFC Championships (2014, 2016 and 2017) and six AFC East titles (2012-17).

From 2006-10, Patricia worked with the linebackers in New England before spending a year as the safeties coach in 2011. In 2007, he guided Mike Vrabel to Pro Bowl and Associated Press All-Pro honors after Vrabel posted a team-high 12.5 sacks and five forced fumbles. Patricia also helped Jerod Mayo duplicate those accomplishments in 2010, after Mayo produced 174 tackles, which is the most in Patriots single-season history.

Joining New England's coaching staff as an offensive assistant in 2004, Patricia helped the Patriots capture Super Bowl XXXIX during his first season in the league. The following season, Patricia was named the assistant offensive line coach before transitioning to linebackers in 2006.

Before his time in the NFL, Patricia spent six seasons in the collegiate ranks, including a three-year stint as an offensive graduate assistant at Syracuse (2001-03). Prior to Syracuse, he served as the defensive line coach at Amherst (1999-2000). In 1996, Patricia spent one season at his alma mater, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, as a graduate assistant before taking two years off from coaching to work as an aeronautical engineer.

A native of Sherrill, NY, Patricia attended Vernon-Verona-Sherrill Central School, where he lettered in football and wrestling. He graduated from RPI with a bachelor's degree in aeronautical engineering while playing center and guard for the Engineers. He and his wife, Raina, have three children, Dominic, Dante and Giamina.