Matt Patricia enters his sixth season in the NFL and his third as the Patriots' linebackers coach.
Last season, Patricia tutored the Associated Press Defensive Rookie of the Year, Jerod Mayo, who led the Patriots and all NFL rookies in tackles and ranked 10th overall in the NFL with 196 (98 solo). Patricia successfully integrated Mayo and fellow rookie Gary Guyton into the defense. Overall, eight different players started games for the Patriots at linebacker.
In 2007, Patriots linebackers contributed to a defense that ranked fourth in the league in yards allowed per game (288.3) and second in total sacks (47). Mike Vrabel tallied a career-high 12.5 sacks, the third-highest single-season total in Patriots history. Inside linebacker Tedy Bruschi led the team in tackles for the second straight year with 99 and veteran linebacker Junior Seau recorded a career-high three interceptions. Patricia also successfully integrated new acquisition Adalius Thomas into the linebacker mix.
In 2006, the Patriots linebackers were a key component of a defense that set the franchise record in points allowed per game (14.81) and was ranked in the top 5 in the NFL in rush defense for the final 10 weeks of the season. The Patriots linebackers also helped hold the line on a defense that was tops in the league in opponents' fourth down conversions and passer rating within the 30-yard line.
In 2005, Patricia assisted in tutoring an offensive line that allowed just 28 sacks, marking the first time in a decade the Patriots had allowed fewer than 30 sacks in two straight seasons. The offensive line achieved that mark despite using two rookies as primary starters on the left side and having two opening day starters suffer season-ending injuries. The line helped the Patriots finish the season as the NFL's seventh-ranked total offense (352.0 yards per game). New England also ended the year as the league's secondranked passing offense (257.5 yards per game).
Patricia joined the Patriots in 2004 and spent his first season with the team as an offensive coaching assistant. His primary responsibilities in that role were breaking down opponents' film, scouting preparations and practice assistance. The former college center and guard also drew some duties in assisting Dante Scarnecchia with the offensive line.
Prior to joining the Patriots, Patricia spent six seasons in the college ranks. Immediately preceding his move to the NFL, he was an offensive graduate assistant at Syracuse University for three seasons. Prior to joining the Orangemen, he spent two seasons (1999-2000) as the defensive line coach at Amherst College. Patricia's first coaching experience came in 1996, when he served as a graduate assistant at his alma mater, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
Patricia was a standout offensive lineman at R.P.I.,
playing both center and guard. He helped his senior class to
an overall record of 31-8 and the Engineers won three ECAC
Championships during his collegiate career.
Matt Patricia was born on Sept. 13, 1974 and was raised in Sherrill, N.Y. He attended Vernon-Verona-Sherrill Central School, where he lettered in football and wrestling. He earned his bachelor's degree in aeronautical engineering from R.P.I. and later earned a master's degree in education from the University of Massachusetts. Matt and his wife Raina were married in the summer of 2009.