More talk that Matt Patricia is likely the Lions' head coach

Lynette Rowe
January 15, 2018

According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, the current New England Patriots defensive coordinator is "likely" to be named Lions head coach once New England's season has ended, whenever that may be as they have just advanced to the AFC championship. Instead, Patricia is now expected to become the next head coach of the Detroit Lions.

Well, it starts with his long-standing relationship with Lions general manager Bob Quinn.

The Lions fired Jim Caldwell at the conclusion of their 2017 season, finishing 9-7 and missing the playoffs.

Patricia can not be hired and the Lions can not execute a contract or agree to execute a contract with him until after the Patriots are finished with the playoffs.

If the Lions land Patricia, where do the Giants go from there? The two worked together for 12 seasons in New England, have a mutual respect for one another, and people around the league have pegged Patricia as Caldwell's likely replacement since Quinn was hired in January of 2016.

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Patricia, 43, joined the Patriots staff in 2004. After spending one year as the safeties coach in 2011, Patricia was selected as the franchise's defensive coordinator in 2012.

A native of Sherrill, N.Y., Patricia was an offensive lineman at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, N.Y. He began his coaching career there as well, before making stops at Amherst College and Syracuse.

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.

"I don't want to make it seem like I don't like Josh", Brady said.

So why did Patricia take two years off from coaching? After taking a job maintaining submarines and aircraft carriers, he made a decision to go back to coaching.

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