Detroit Lions Likely To Hire Matt Patricia As Head Coach

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The next head coach of the New York Giants will reportedly come from a group of three National Football League assistants with teams in the playoffs: New England defensive coordinator Matt Patricia, Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels and Minnesota Vikings offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur.

Now today, Adam Schefter has joined the fray, reporting that Patricia is likely to be the Lions' next head coach.

Patricia has been a member of New England's staff since 2004, starting out as an offensive assistant, oddly enough.

The 43-year-old defensive coordinator was one of the leading candidates for the Giants and there were various reports last week that indicated he favored NY over Detroit.

Patricia is Quinn's first choice to replace Jim Caldwell as Lions coach, and for good reason.

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And his own coach will be someone with whom he has familiarity. Patricia's relationship with Quinn and the presence of star quarterback Matt Stafford were always going to make the Lions the front runner. Quinn has brought a lot of what New England does to Detroit, in terms of how the Lions scout and grade out players on their roster as well as potential free agents and draft picks.

Patricia has also interviewed with the New York Giants and Arizona Cardinals, and Sports Illustrated and the New York Daily News have indicated Patricia to the Giants is more likely.

Matt Patricia may be the only one who knows for sure where Matt Patricia wants to coach in 2018. This appear especially true along the offensive line.

Although Patricia interviewed with the Lions last week, there was steady speculation that he would be more in play to lead the New York Giants, with whom he also interviewed. Caldwell went 36-28 as the Lions head coach, with an 0-2 playoff record in four seasons.

There is the reality, of course, that any first-time head coach is a bit of an unknown.