Drawn to X's and O's

Patriots' Patricia could have been a rocket scientist, but chose coaching instead

Updated: January 27, 2010, 10:20 PM ET
By Mike Reiss | ESPNBoston.com

At his first three coaching stops, the same question was asked. Are you sure you really want to do this?

The answer, a resounding yes, tells a lot about 35-year-old Matt Patricia, one of the top in-house candidates to become the New England Patriots' defensive coordinator.

The reason they asked the question -- first at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, then Amherst College and Syracuse University -- is that they saw the gift he had. There aren't many sharp-minded aeronautical engineers ...

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