Patricia: An under-40 coach on rise

Current Patriots defensive coordinator Matt Patricia has been with the organization since the 2004 season, working in a number of roles since that time. He began on the offensive side of the ball, aiding offensive line coach Dante Scarnecchia during the 2005 season before switching over to defense, where he has been since.

He was officially promoted to defensive coordinator prior to last season, though he has been primarily involved with overseeing the defense for multiple years. He's earned the trust of Bill Belichick and the respect of onlookers of the league, as CBSSports.com's Pete Prisco recently named Patricia one of the top assistant coaches under the age of 40.

"Patricia, 38, has been calling the defenses in New England since 2009, even though he wasn't given the title of coordinator until 2012," Prisco writes. "He has learned defense at the foot of Bill Belichick, one of the great defensive coordinators of all time. Patricia has also coached on the offensive side of the ball, which could be helpful down the road. When he got into coaching, he was considering a career as an aeronautical engineer. Says something about his smarts -- or at least we think it does."

Though Belichick is heavily involved in both game-planning and play-calling duties on defense, Patricia has risen through the ranks to become a top aide to him. Many coordinators under Belichick have eventually landed head-coaching gigs, and though we did not hear Patricia's name related to any of the openings this offseason, if he continues on his trajectory of ascension he may become the next Patriots assistant to earn a head-coaching job elsewhere.

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