In 2004, Patterson's instruction helped defensive end Ebenezer Ekuban post a career-high eight sacks on a line that contributed to two six-sack games. His 2003 unit led a consistent pass rush that registered a sack in 15 of 16 games and posted three sacks in each of Cleveland's final five contests.
Patterson spent three seasons (2000-02) coaching the Dallas Cowboys' defensive tackles, and his interior linemen were part of a defense that allowed only 10 rushing scores in 2002. Patterson guided defensive tackle La'Roi Glover to a Pro Bowl nomination that year with 6.5 sacks.
He worked with Chris Doleman and John Randle, who respectively rank fourth and tied for fifth all-time in sacks, in two seasons (1998-99) as the Minnesota Vikings' defensive line coach. Patterson began his NFL career as a defensive assistant with the 1997 New England Patriots.
Before entering the NFL, he held coaching positions at the following schools: Cal Poly San Luis Obispo (head coach, 1994-96), Washington State University (defensive line, 1992-93), Cornell University (defensive line, 1990-91), Western Washington University (defensive coordinator, 1989), Weber State University (defensive line, 1988), St. Monica High School in California (head coach, 1987), Renton High School in Washington (defensive coordinator/offensive line, 1983-86) and University of Montana (graduate assistant, 1982).
A 1983 University of Montana graduate with a bachelor's degree in secondary education, Patterson was born June 12, 1960, in Camden, Ark. He and his wife, Donna, have a son, Andre Jr., and a daughter, Ashmera.
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