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. Get the app and get the game. The Feeling is Mutual According to Pat Leonard of the New York Daily News, "all signs" show that the Giants seem to favor Patricia as well.
"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. However, Sports Illustrated's Peter King reported Wednesday that he's heard Patricia favors the Giants job. He said fixing the offensive line and improving the culture were priorities. He coached the linebackers (2006-2010) and then the safeties (2011) before officially being named the defensive coordinator in 2012. The performance of this year's group has been remarkable.
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 fact that the defense did this without Dont'a Hightower and an inexperienced front seven also speaks to the job Patricia did.
Ever since it was announced that former Lions head coach Jim Caldwell was sacked, the talk has shifted to who the next head coach will be.
The Patriots defense led the National Football League in fewest points allowed last season.
Over the past couple of weeks, a favorite has emerged as Lions general manager Bob Quinn has been conducting interviews with coaches around the league. The Indianapolis Colts, Chicago Bears and the Giants interviewed McDaniels, while the Arizona Cardinals interviewed Flores. The Bears hired Chiefs offensive coordinator Matt Nagy.