Matt Patricia prefers Giants' job over Lions'

Posted January 11, 2018

It may not be a foregone conclusion that New England Patriots defensive coordinator Matt Patricia will become the Detroit Lions' next head coach. But he also met with the New York Giants last week, and now it appears Patricia is not only the favorite for that job, but prefers them over Detroit. Houston Texans defensive coordinator Mike Vrabel, Minnesota Vikings offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur, Green Bay Packers associate head coach Winston Moss and current offensive coordinator Jim Bob Cooter have interviewed for the job.

When I woke up Wednesday morning, I was glued to the reports and rumors still circling from a Tuesday afternoon radio interview which more than hinted that the Giants head coaching position might be enough to extract Nick Saban from the machine he has built at Alabama.

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This certainly doesn't meant he Lions have lost out or will lose out on their top choice. However, Sports Illustrated's Peter King reported Wednesday that he's heard Patricia favors the Giants job. National Football League rules state Patricia can not execute a contract until the Patriots' season ends.

In hindsight fate smiled on the Lions when former general manager Martin Mayhew wanted to hire Ken Whisenhunt in 2014.

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Best case for the Lions if they are zeroed in on Patricia is for the Giants to never make an offer. The Patriots host the Tennessee Titans in the divisional round of the playoffs this Saturday.

It's an interesting development for one of the NFL's hottest coaching candidates.

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"The Giants are conducting their sixth and final interview with former Broncos RB coach Eric Studesville on Wednesday, but the feeling is Patricia and the Giants may have found themselves a flawless match, " the Daily News's Pat Leonard wrote. It now seems that a decision from the Giants is the big domino to fall.