ORLANDO – Matt Patricia got pretty used to the New England Patriots being the top dog in the AFC East over the years. In fact, the Patriots have won the last nine AFC East titles and won the division 13 out of the 14 seasons Patricia spent with the organization from 2004-17 before becoming Detroit’s new head coach this offseason.
Things have been a little different for the Lions in the NFC North, and Patricia knows he has a tough task ahead of him.
“Our division is extremely difficult,” Patricia said Tuesday of playing Green Bay, Minnesota and Chicago twice a year. “There’s a lot of outstanding players, great quarterbacks, difficult schemes both offensively and defensively that we’ll have to contend with.
“There’ll be some huge challenges there. I think those guys have added some pieces, in particular on offense, that will be challenging for…