Just like when Johnny Damon entered the New York Yankees, Matt Patricia appears to have cleaned up his look. The former New England Patriots defensive coordinator was introduced as the Detroit Lions head coach Wednesday without his most recognizable feature.
Matt appeared to have shaved his bushy facial hair as he ditched his lumberjack look for a closely trimmed beard.
Matt recently told that the iconic beard, which he had since 2011, was a tribute to his friends serving in the military overseas. According to the 43-year-old coach, Matt has in the past cleaned up the beard during previous offseasons, at the behest of his wife, Raina.
When a reporter jokingly congratulated him on “not botching” the trim on Wednesday's press conference, Matt said,
We gotta start over every year, so we gotta get it anew,
Sometimes it comes off, sometimes it goes down. It’s good because I can duck in and out of places. At certain points, it’s like a diet program when I shave it down. Everyone thinks I’ve lost some weight.
We see you, Coach. ???? pic.twitter.com/bVliiHYuOw— Detroit Lions (@Lions) February 7, 2018
In his first day touring Detroit’s facilities, Matt was also without the backwards hat that he was usually seen wearing in New England. However, he does appear to have obtained a Detroit Lions cutoff windbreaker and had his trademark pencil put behind his ear during the press conference.