Detroit Lions Likely To Hire Matt Patricia As Head Coach


With rumors swirling around Matt Patricia's potential as head coach of either the Detroit Lions or New York Giants, it appears as though the Patriots' defensive coordinator has made his choice.

The Patriots will host the AFC title game next week after beating the Tennessee Titans Saturday night.

Patricia, who is New England's defensive coordinator, also has been connected to the Detroit Lions opening.

Apparently, that's no longer the case if it ever was. Patricia has seemed to be Lions general manager Bob Quinn's main target going back to before Caldwell was even let go. Seeing as Patricia is a defensive-minded, grind-it-out kind of coach, the Giants' interest in Shurmur is as close to a 180 as one could get.

Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reported the news Sunday, noting the Giants "could move quickly" if Shurmur's Vikings are eliminated during their postseason game against the New Orleans Saints.

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Adam Schefter of ESPN is reporting that Patricia is indeed set to become a head coach, but not in the "Big Apple".

Now that the Lions have found their new bench boss, the Bears, Giants and Cardinals remain the only teams with head coaching vacancies.

Patricia takes over for former Lions coach Jim Caldwell who was sacked on January 1, a day after the 2017 regular season came to an end.

Patricia has been the Patriots' defensive coordinator since 2012 and has been particularly successful with a "bend-but-don't-break" style that helped the team win Super Bowls in two of the last three seasons.

Last season, Patricia interviewed for head coaching jobs with the Los Angeles Rams and Los Angeles Chargers, but lost out to Sean McVay and Anthony Lynn, respectively. More on Sunday NFL Countdown. Quinn stuck with Caldwell for two years, though, leading to two 9-7 records and a playoff berth in 2016 before making the decision to go find his own coach.