A lot of people have speculated Patricia as the front runner to take over as the Lions next head coach, and now the New England Patriots are also planning on losing their highly-touted defensive coordinator to Detroit.
According to the NY Daily News, "all signs point to" the Giants naming Patricia as their next head coach once the Patriots' playoff run comes to an end. Sports Illustrated's Peter King adds that while the Lions favor Patricia over Houston Texans defensive coordinator Mike Vrabel for their head coaching job, Patricia is now leaning towards the Giants' head coaching position, meaning Vrabel could eventually land in Motor City. Mike Florio of NBC Sports reported on Saturday night that the Patriots are "bracing" for Patricia to leave New England and "most likely" head to Detroit.
This certainly doesn't meant he Lions have lost out or will lose out on their top choice.
Matt Patricia is one of the hottest names in the head coaching market. In fact, there are indications he prefers the Giants to the Lions. From Patricia's perspective, the Giants should appeal in the sense that they have Eli Manning and a high first-round pick. The Giants are among the teams interviewing Carolina Panthers defensive coordinator Steve Wilks this week, with whom they have an existing connection through new general manager Dave Gettleman.
However, it's Patricia, a NY native and former offensive lineman, that is believed to be favored by new general manager David Gettleman who, according to the Daily News, is keen on fixing the Giants' offensive line and improving the franchise's culture.
If Patricia does indicate privately he will go to the Giants, the Lions will not lack for options to hire as their next head coach. The longer he, or another available candidate, doesn't fill that job, the more nervous the Lions front office should feel.