At his introductory press conference, new Detroit Lions head coach Matt Patricia talks about his goals for the Lions and their fan base. Daniel Mears, The Detroit News
Allen Park – Some analysts thought the decision would prevent Matt Patricia from ever getting a head coaching job, but almost one year to the day after wearing a T-shirt that depicted NFL commissioner Roger Goodell as a clown, Patricia was named the coach of the Detroit Lions.
Lions general manager Bob Quinn and president Rod Wood were both asked whether the issue came up during the interview process.
“It is not a concern at all,” Quinn said. “And yes, we talked about it. I’d say very briefly.”
Quinn answered the question at the podium, during Patricia’s introductory news conference. The coach, sitting behind the general manager, clearly anticipated the question and shot a look to his left at someone in the audience, presumably his wife.
Wood declined to share Patricia’s response to the question, but noted he was pleased with the answer.
“I did get a very satisfactory answer,” Wood said. “I’m not going to tell you what the answer was. I think that Matt has talked to Roger since that happened.
“I don’t think it’s going to affect how Roger views the Detroit Lions.”
During the lead up to the Super Bowl last week, Patricia was asked about his decision to wear the shirt at least a dozen times over three days of availability. He constantly deflected, saying his focus was on the Patriots' opponent, the Philadelphia Eagles.
The Patriots, Patricia’s former employer, have had a contentious relationship with Goodell over the years. Things bottomed out following the Deflategate scandal, which resulted in quarterback Tom Brady being suspended the first four games of the 2015 season.