"I think he'd be very well-suited to be a head coach one day", former Patriots offensive lineman Matt Light told the Boston Herald.
Patricia worked as an engineer for two years after college and helped Patriots coach Bill Belichick convert some of New England's research work to computers. Crennel coached four years - the longest tenure of any Browns coach in the expansion era - and finished 24-40 with one winning season (10-6) in 2007.
The 41-year-old Patricia is the fifth candidate to meet with the Browns, who initially targeted Gase, Chicago's coveted offensive coordinator.
Cleveland's search committee, headed by the Haslams, is expected to interview Cincinnati defensive coordinator Hue Jackson and Carolina defensive coordinator Sean McDermott on Sunday. The group has also met with Detroit Lions defensive coordinator Teryl Austin, Jacksonville Jaguars offensive line coach Doug Marrone, Dallas Cowboys secondary coach Jerome Henderson and Gase.
The Browns have picked from the Belichick coaching tree twice before.
Alex Marvez of Fox Sports is reporting Henderson will become part of Gase's staff in Miami, coaching the Dolphins defensive backs. That's not something Cleveland's new coach will have after owners Jimmy and Dee Haslam promoted Sashi Brown as their new vice president of football operations. Gase rose to prominence in 2013 as offensive coordinator of the Denver Broncos, who broke the all-time scoring record during his first year at the job.
He has been working with the Patriots' defense since 2006, helping the team finish in the top-10 in fewest points allowed in eight of his nine seasons with the defense.
Patricia was an assistant at Syracuse before joining Belichick's staff in 2004.
Patricia has drawn a lot of attention as in addition to his coaching skills he holds a degree in aeronautical engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. "He is definitely one of those who could break into it and probably do some pretty incredible things if he was so inclined".