Morning sports update: Matt Patricia tells Adam Schefter the Super Bowl losses will ‘hurt forever’

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Detroit Lions head coach Matt Patricia speaks during a press conference at the NFL scouting combine. –Darron Cummings/AP

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Matt Patricia tells Adam Schefter the Super Bowl losses will ‘hurt forever’

The move to the Motown did not erase Matt Patricia’s Super Bowl memories. On “The Adam Schefter Podcast,” Patricia told the ESPN reporter that the three defeats he suffered with the Patriots on the NFL’s biggest stage still weigh heavily. The new Detroit Lions head coach was an assistant in New England for the Giants’ Super Bowls in 2007 and 2011, and defensive coordinator during the Eagles’ victory in February.

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“The game still really bothers me. It always will,” Patricia said. “The ’11 game still bothers me. The ’07 game still bothers me. Those three that you don’t finish off the right way. They hurt forever.”

He said that there is a lasting wrong from those defeats that he’d love to rectify. No, not Malcolm Butler’s benching. Patricia said Junior Seau, the Hall of Famer who passed away in 2012, deserved to lift the Lombardi Trophy during that ‘magical’ year in 2007.

“You just wanted that for him more than anything because that’s what he deserved,” Patricia said. “He was a champion and he should’ve had that game. I always feel horrible that he didn’t have that.”

After this year’s Super Bowl, Patricia said his then 6-year-old son was distraught, while his 4-year-old brother rolled around playing in the green-and-white confetti.

“He just wanted to grab the confetti,” Patricia laughed. “I’m like, ‘It’s the wrong color, buddy.’ It’s not a good time.”

Patricia also told Schefter about the famous pencil he keeps tucked behind his ear. He said he makes sure he has his wallet, his phone, and his pencil before heading out the door in the morning, but it doesn’t come without its hazards.

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“The problem with the pencil is, I’m Italian so I like to hug,” Patricia said. “You gotta be careful because if I’m coming in on the right, and this thing’s extra sharp sometimes, you might get it on the side of the head…It’s dangerous.”

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