BOSTON (CBS) – He’s a guy you see an awful lot on the sidelines, but rarely do you ever get to hear from.

We’re talking of course about Patriots defensive coordinator Matt Patricia, who caught up with 98.5 The Sports Hub’s Andy Gresh and Scott Zolak Tuesday afternoon at Super Bowl XLIX Media Day in Phoenix.

With his patented beard and pencil on the ear look making him stand out among other NFL defensive coordinators, Patricia is flattered that people actually dress up as him on Halloween, and had a pretty funny story to go with it.

“I raced home to bring my kids to trick-or-treat across the street and around the neighborhood right from the office. So I’m in my hoodie the whole deal, and I grab the kids and we’re walking around. I walk up this one driveway and this guy’s handing out candy. He looks at me and goes, “Hey that’s great! Matt Patricia, right?’ So I turned around and looked at him and said, ‘Yeah. I came as myself.'”

Patricia’s defense has really taken a step forward this season, and you can tell it’s a group he just loves to work with the way he speaks about them.

“Talking about the group in general, they’re a very competitive, hardworking group. They enjoy the grind, which is something we’ve been able to find. These guys, they love to come in to work and they’re competitive. They feed off each other real well.”

Patricia talked about the transition from the Tedy Bruschi era to now, and he credits his defensive improvement not only to the young guys’ development, but to their continuity as well.

Listen below for the full interview, where Patricia touches on stopping Seattle, the impact of Revis and Browner, and much more:

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