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Lions notes: Matt Patricia looked at OC candidates he struggled against defensively

A little intel into what the Lions’ offensive coordinator search looked like.

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It’s been nearly an entire month since we’ve heard from Detroit Lions head coach Matt Patricia, and the team has gone through some important changes since he’s last addressed the media. Most notably, the team has a new special teams coordinator and a new offensive coordinator.

The hiring of Darrell Bevell to coach up the offense may be one of the most important moves Patricia will make all offseason, but aside from a short explanation from general manager Bob Quinn, we don’t have much information on how the Lions head coach came to the conclusion that Bevell was their guy.

However, MMQB’s Albert Breer joined Tori Petry at the Senior Bowl this week and dropped a little interesting nugget about Patricia’s coaching search.

“What I was impressed with, with what Matt (Patricia) did was it really looked to me—and you sort of heard this a little bit, too—he was looking at guys who he had trouble with as a defensive coach,” Breer said.

Breer was also the reporter that noted Lions offensive line coach Jeff Davidson was in on coordinator interviews, so it appears he’s one of the very few who had a little access to the behind-the-scenes look at Detroit’s offensive coordinator search. And while this isn’t exactly a bombshell, it’s a nice look at Patricia’s methods.

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