The morning after he led the Patriots' defense to an impressive playoff showing vs. the Titans, a report has emerged that defensive coordinator Matt Patricia will "likely" be the next coach of the Detroit Lions. The Patriots will play the Pittsburgh Steelers or Jacksonville Jaguars in the AFC Championship next Sunday.
Apparently, that's no longer the case if it ever was.
It appears that the back-and-forth of "will he or won't he" be the next head coach of the Lions may be over.
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.
It's likely Patricia won't be the only Patriots coach to depart once the season comes to an end.
The Giants also reportedly have a fourth "sleeper" candidate in the event they lose out on both McDaniels and Shurmur, who are generating interest from the Indianapolis Colts and Arizona Cardinals respectively.
According to the team's website, Patricia has been the Patriots' defensive coordinator since 2012. "That is his master and his degree". Patrica had been considered the front-runner to replace Ben McAdoo in East Rutherford, but now it looks like he'll end up in the Motor City, where he'll be reunited with former Patriots scout and current Lions GM Bob Quinn. "Ultimately, I'm the person in charge of football operation here at the Lions, and ultimately the record that we've had the last two years is on me".