Matt Patricia is reportedly 'likely' to land Lions job

Matt Patricia is reportedly 'likely' to land Lions job

Matt Patricia is reportedly 'likely' to land Lions job

New England Patriots Defensive Coordinator Matt Patricia is expected to be named the next head coach of the Detroit Lions, reports ESPN's Adam Schefter. However, it's been widely believed for almost a week that Patricia would end up with the Lions despite some of the reporting out of NY.

The Patriots will be defending their AFC Championship crown in Foxborough next weekend and will face either the Jacksonville Jaguars or the Pittsburgh Steelers. A longtime executive for the New England Patriots, it was a natural assumption that Detroit's next head coach would come from the Bill Belichick coaching tree.

Patricia appears to be the flawless candidate for the Lions in 2018.

And once the Giants fill their vacancy - they have reportedly whittled their list down Patricia, Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels, Carolina Panthers defensive coordinator Steve Wilks and Minnesota Vikings offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur - the only thing in the way will be finalizing a contract.

He has been described as "smart enough to be a general manager" at one point; Patricia is literally a rocket scientist.

According to the team's website, Patricia has been the Patriots' defensive coordinator since 2012. "That guy is very good with numbers and he's very good with angles and what not, and he's very intelligent and expects a lot". Patrica had been considered the front-runner to replace Ben McAdoo in East Rutherford, but now it looks like he'll end up in the Motor City, where he'll be reunited with former Patriots scout and current Lions GM Bob Quinn. So, that's ultimately my record, and I take full ownership of that.

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