Jim Leyland

Lions hire Matt Patricia as coach, eyeing the Patriot Way

The Detroit Lions hired Matt Patricia on Monday, doubling down on the franchise's hope it can copy the New England Patriots ' formula for success.

The expected hiring of the defensive coordinator came a day after the Patriots lost to Philadelphia in the Super Bowl .

"This position comes with great responsibility, and I will commit every ounce of my energy to this football team, starting today," Patricia said in a statement released by the team.

Lions general manager Bob Quinn made the move, reuniting with someone he worked with in New England for more than a decade.

"He has been preparing for this opportunity his entire career,...