Published: Mon, January 15, 2018
Sport | By Wendy Sparks

Lions to pick Patriots' Patricia as coach

Lions to pick Patriots' Patricia as coach

If the Detroit Lions are holding out hope of hiring New England Patriots defensive coordinator Matt Patricia as the franchise's next head coach, the team will be waiting at least another eight days.

According to Adam Schefter of ESPN, Patricia is expected to be the next Lions coach, shunning overtures from the Giants to join his old friend Bob Quinn, the former Patriots personnel man turned Lions GM.

Patricia's counterpart in New England, offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels, is also under consideration for head coaching jobs. Patricia can't agree to a deal with the Lions until the Patriots season is officially over.

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Matt Patricia has been the favorite to succeed Jim Caldwell as Detroit Lions coach since long before Caldwell was sacked. Since then, the Patriots have gone to six AFC Championship games and won two Super Bowls, with a third Super Bowl still a possibility this season.

The next Lions head coach has been with the Patriots since 2004, where he actually started as an offensive assistant.

He endeared himself to Bill Belichick with his work ethic and intelligence early in Patriots tenure, spent time coaching on both sides of the ball, and eventually took over as defensive coordinator in 2012.

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If the Lions land Patricia, where do the Giants go from there?

"I think Matt is a great leader".

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.

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Come fall, Matt Patricia, with pencil tucked firmly behind his ear, is likely going to be patrolling some National Football League sideline as a head coach.

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