Matt Patricia Is Favorite For Lions Job But Prefers Giants

Arnold Nichols
January 11, 2018

Patricia might be the right fit for the Giants, but fixing New York's offense has to remain a priority. He's a familiar face in Foxboro.

Patricia, who has been with the Patriots since 2004, interviewed with the Giants, Lions, and Cardinals last week and had been considered a favorite to take over in Detroit, where he would work with general manager Bob Quinn, the former Patriots executive.

Now this report is out: Who would you like to see the Lions hire now?


The New England Patriots defensive coordinator is likely to leave the team this offseason and has already been strongly linked with the Detriot Lions' head coaching job.

And according to Pat Leonard of the New York Daily News, "all signs are pointing" to Patricia being the next head coach of the Giants. 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. From Patricia's perspective, the move would make sense.

Matt Patricia's head coaching candidacy has taken a bit of misdirection. Some key offensive weapons, such as Odell Beckham, Jr. will be returning from injury. From Patricia's perspective, the Giants should appeal in the sense that they have Eli Manning and a high first-round pick. Shurmur holds a 9-23 head coaching record during two seasons with the Cleveland Browns (2011-12), but has flourished in Minnesota having revived the career of backup-turned-starter Case Keenum as the Vikings' quarterback in 2017.

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