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Patricia can wait: Patriots win puts Lions on hold

15 January, 2018, 00:33 | Author: Lamar Ellis
  • Patricia can wait: Patriots win puts Lions on hold

The Detroit Lions will likely name Patriots defensive coordinator Matt Patricia their 27th head coach in franchise history.

With the Patriots remaining alive in the playoffs after a 35-14 win over the Titans on Saturday, the Patriots will host the victor of the Jaguars and Steelers game. Instead, Patricia is now expected to become the next head coach of the Detroit Lions.

Apparently, that's no longer the case if it ever was. He also spoke with the Giants and Cardinals regarding their vacant head coaching positions, as well as the Browns, Chargers and Rams in years past.

ESPN reported Sunday that "eventually the deal (with the Lions and Patricia) is likely to get done".

The Lions finished 9-7 in 2017, missing the playoffs. 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.

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Sources say that the Lions still need to work out the contract details after the Patriots' season ends.

"I think that the one thing that everybody needs to understand about Matt Patricia is that he is a rocket scientist", former Patriots linebacker Dane Fletcher said.

The Lions employ Bob Quinn as general manager.

In addition to Patricia, Minnesota Vikings offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur is the only other assistant from a team still alive in the playoffs to interview with the Lions. "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".

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