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Patricia expected to be Lions coach

Patricia expected to be Lions coach

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

ESPN's Adam Schefter reported Sunday that contract details still need to be worked out, but "you could slot Matt Patricia in in Detroit".

It's likely Patricia won't be the only Patriots coach to depart once the season comes to an end.

The Lions are still looking for a head coach after the team fired Jim Caldwell, but it appears they have found their man. In fact, the two spent seven seasons together in New England from 2009 through 2015, prior to Quinn taking the general manager job in Detroit.

During Sunday morning's conference call, Belichick did not address Schefter's report but explained his thought process behind hiring new assistants, one that does not alter much from his usual approach.

The Giants' options include New England offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels and Minnesota Vikings offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur.

Patricia has been a member of New England's staff since 2004, starting out as an offensive assistant, oddly enough.

It is a job he has always been rumored to be one of the leading candidates for.

At the time, Quinn said he wanted a strong leader who excelled at situational football and was capable of bringing the Lions a champonship.

So why did Patricia take two years off from coaching? So, last year we went 9-7 and lost a playoff game, and this year we went 9-7 and didn't get the playoffs. After taking a job maintaining submarines and aircraft carriers, he chose to go back to coaching.

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