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VIDEO: Watch Matt Patricia coach DB skills at Notre Dame coaching clinic

Here’s a look at what Detroit could be in for if Patricia gets the job.

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It’s looking more and more likely that current Patriots defensive coordinator Matt Patricia will be the next Detroit Lions head coach. With Saturday night’s report from Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk, Patricia is the odds-on favorite to earn the job, but things are still far from official.

But while we wait for official word, why not get to know the coach a little better? We’ve heard plenty about Patricia being a great leader, an effective coach and a hard worker, but that is all word of mouth.

Thanks to James Light, current assistant coach for Dakota High School (in Macomb, Michigan), we have actual footage of Patricia coaching at the 2017 Coaches Clinic at Notre Dame.

A big part of being a coach—as we learned from Andrew Kato’s brilliant breakdown of what it means to be a head coach—is the ability to clearly communicate. This is on full display here, as Patricia breaks down what is expected of defensive backs in several different scenarios in a way that is easy to comprehend.

What’s also interesting about this film breakdown is Patricia’s vast knowledge of everything on defense. As a positional coach, Patricia spent most of his time with the linebackers, but he also has experience coaching offensive and defensive lines, and safeties. From this video, it’s clear he has a pretty good understanding of what to expect from his cornerbacks, as well.

And here he is breaking down one of the most famous plays in Super Bowl history, the Patriots’ game-winning interception in Super Bowl XLIX

Obviously, this is a pretty polished version of his coaching style, considering this was a coaching clinic he was invited to and he’s not speaking to his own players. But it’s still an interesting look into Patricia’s knowledge of the game and a valuable peek into his coaching methods.

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