Published: Sun, January 14, 2018
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Patriots DC Matt Patricia 'likely' to be named Lions head coach

Patriots DC Matt Patricia 'likely' to be named Lions head coach

The Giants also interviewed current defensive coordinator/interim head coach Steve Spagnuolo, Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels, former Denver Broncos assistant coach Eric Studesville, and Minnesota Vikings offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur.

Although Patricia can't formally take a job until the Patriots' postseason is over, he will likely be the Lions' head coach, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports. At Quinn's news conference discussing Caldwell's firing, he was asked if familiarity with the person he was hiring was going to be a factor.

Whatever the extent of their relationship, and others have suggested their friendship extended off the field, it's hard to believe that Quinn doesn't know where Patricia stands with a choice he may or may not have to make.

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. This appear especially true along the offensive line. And when Patricia was at Syracuse as a graduate assistant, he was an offensive assistant for two years.

It looks as though the Giants don't have a definite mold of what they want in a head coach, though.

Defensively, Patricia will inherit a good secondary - Darius Slay was named first-team All-Pro this season and Glover Quin has been a Pro Bowler in the past - and a young middle linebacker with potential in Jarrad Davis.

Lions general manager Bob Quinn used to work in the Patriots' personnel department, which likely played a role in the decision to go with Patricia.

The Lions haven't interviewed anyone since they met with Patricia a week ago Friday, and they haven't had any of their other candidates in for a second interview even as Vrabel has emerged as one of two favorites for the Indianapolis Colts job.

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

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