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Published: Mon, January 15, 2018
Sport | By Billy Aguilar

What You Need To Know About The Lions (Likely) New Head Coach

What You Need To Know About The Lions (Likely) New Head Coach

Patriots defensive coordinator Matt Patricia will "likely" become the Lions next coach, Adam Schefter of ESPN.com reports.

New England beat the Tennessee Titans, 35-14, on Saturday night to advance to its seventh straight AFC championship game.

Matt Patricia has been the favorite to succeed Jim Caldwell as Detroit Lions coach since long before Caldwell was sacked. Patricia can't agree to a deal with the Lions until the Patriots season is officially over.

Detroit might be the most comfortable landing spot for Patricia, given his penchant for tweaking NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. Offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels is the favorite to land the head coaching job with the Indianapolis Colts.

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Some outlets suggested Patricia was destined for the Lions, while others suggested he favored NY over Detroit. Defensively, though, there have been a lot of questions in the Motor City for quite some time and Patricia would theoretically address those needs with a high-level analytical mind.

Patricia, 43, joined the Patriots staff in 2004. Patricia was then promoted to defensive coordinator in 2012. "That is his master and his degree".

Patricia, who interviewed for jobs with the Cleveland Browns, Los Angeles Chargers and Los Angeles Rams in previous seasons, and with the Arizona Cardinals in addition to the Lions and Giants this year, checks off numerous boxes Quinn said he was looking for when stared his coaching search 13 days ago. Patricia and general manager Dave Gettleman apparently "hit it off" and it seemed as if the Giants was leaning in Patricia's direction.

Come fall, Matt Patricia, with pencil tucked firmly behind his ear, is likely going to be patrolling some National Football League sideline as a head coach. Caldwell was 36-28 in four seasons and went 0-2 in two postseasons with the Lions.

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