Lions to pick Patriots' Patricia as coach

Report: Matt Patricia Expected To Become Lions' Head Coach

Report | Matt Patricia likely to become Lions head coach

If the Detroit Lions are holding out hope of hiring New England Patriots defensive coordinator Matt Patricia as the franchise's next head coach, the team will be waiting at least another eight days.

Although no formal announcement can be made until New Englands season comes to an end, ESPN's Adam Schefter reported Sunday morning that Patricia will soon make his way to the Motor City.

The Patriots will be defending their AFC Championship crown in Foxborough next weekend and will face either the Jacksonville Jaguars or the Pittsburgh Steelers.

The 43-year-old defensive coordinator was one of the leading candidates for the Giants and there were various reports last week that indicated he favored NY over Detroit.

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If anything, this move makes complete sense for the Lions, as Detroit appears to be in good shape offensively with the pairing of quarterback Matthew Stafford and offensive coordinator Jim Bob Cooter.

The Patriots are also expected to lose offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels, who is considered as a finalist for both the Giants and Indianapolis Colts' head coaching jobs.

Beyond that, Patricia is well respected for his work with New England's defense and the way he's gone about building relationships inside the Patriots' locker room. "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".

Patricia has been one of the hottest names in coaching circles for the last two years, interviewing with the Rams and Chargers last year and being linked to the Lions, Giants and Cardinals. The Patriots have finished in the top 10 in points allowed in all six of Patricia's seasons as defensive coordinator.

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