Matt Patricia Is Favorite For Lions Job But Prefers Giants

Patriots defensive coordinator Matt Patricia

Late last week, reports surfaced that suggested New England Patriots defensive coordinator Matt Patricia taking over as head coach of the Detroit Lions was basically a formality.

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If Patricia does take the Giants job, Houston Texans defensive coordinator Mike Vrabel would become the leading candidate in Detroit, King reported.

He arrived as an offensive assistant and his since helped on the offensive line, coached linebackers, safeties and overseen a unit as defensive coordinator.

"If the Giants give the nod to Patricia, Detroit could be Vrabel's job".

Following the release of that damning report on the rising tensions within the New England Patriots organization, it was rumored that Pats head coach Bill Belichick could be on his way out of town in the offseason, with the New York Giants listed as a likely destination for the 5-time Super Bowl winning head coach. Leonard said Patricia is expected to be named as the next coach of the Giants, replacing the fired Ben McAdoo.

The Patriots defense has ranked among the NFL's top 10 in points allowed in all six of Patricia's seasons despite constant question marks surrounding their secondary.

The Giants will continue (and possibly conclude) their coaching search on Wednesday with former Denver Broncos running backs/assistant coach Eric Studesville. The Indianapolis Colts, Chicago Bears and the Giants interviewed McDaniels, while the Arizona Cardinals interviewed Flores.

Maybe Matt Patricia isn't going to Detroit after all.

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