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Matt Patricia promoted by Patriots

Officially named defensive coordinator

The Patriots announced several changes to their coaching staff Thursday, most notably naming Matt Patricia defensive coordinator.

Patricia, 37, has been the primary defensive playcaller for at least two seasons, and is the first to hold the title since Dean Pees left after the 2009 season. This is his ninth year in New England. He began in 2004 as an offensive coaching assistant, switching to defense in ’06 when Pees was promoted to coordinator and Patricia took over as linebackers coach.

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