It may not be a foregone conclusion that New England Patriots defensive coordinator Matt Patricia will become the Detroit Lions' next head coach.
While there has been plenty of buzz around Matt Patricia possibly taking over as the Lions head coach, it appears as though the Patriots defensive coordinator has emerged as the favorite for another opening.
"Our report was and is that the Patriots are bracing for Patricia to leave, and that the Patriots believe the most likely destination is Detroit", Florio tells The Big Lead by text message. He arrived as an offensive assistant and his since helped on the offensive line, coached linebackers, safeties and overseen a unit as defensive coordinator. The performance of this year's group has been remarkable. The fact that the defense did this without Dont'a Hightower and an inexperienced front seven also speaks to the job Patricia did.
Over the past decade, the Giants have won another two champions as their defense did the unthinkable: Stop future Hall of Famer and Patriots legend Tom Brady twice while allowing just 31 combined points to the high-powered New England offense in Super Bowls XLII and XLVI.
They have to have a plan in place in case the waiting game doesn't net the candidate they want, so which coach could be a Plan B for the Lions?
He would take over for Steve Spagnuolo, the Giants' interim head coach who stepped in after Ben McAdoo was sacked after Week 13 of a nightmare 2017 season.
Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels also interviewed for the Giants job, as well as for the Chicago Bears and Indianapolis Colts jobs. Leonard suggests Patricia could hire Alabama offensive coordinator Brian Daboll due to their time spent together in New England.