It has been a week since the Lions wrapped up their first week of interviews with New England Patriots defensive coordinator Matt Patricia. He can not officially accept the job until at least next week as the Patriots will face either the Jaguars or the Steelers in the AFC Championship Game.
He has also been linked to the New York Giants' head coaching vacancy this offseason.
Apparently, that's no longer the case if it ever was. Should Patricia ultimately land in Detroit, he would be reuniting with former New England scout and personnel man Bob Quinn, who became general manager of the Lions in 2016. Although we believed the Lions were the more attractive job overall, we also outlined some reasons why Patricia might want to choose the Giants over the Lions.
The move to Detroit is interesting considering last week Peter King reported the Lions have interest in Patricia, but Patricia "favors" the New York Giants head coaching job and Pat Leonard of the New York Daily News said, "all signs" point to Patricia being the Giants' next head coach.
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The Lions fired head coach Jim Caldwell after a second straight 9-7 season led to the team missing the playoffs. And Patricia reportedly favors NY over Detroit. And the fact Quinn hasn't pulled the trigger is telling.
What the Lions are getting in Patricia is an exceedingly smart coach who has shown he can take players who don't necessarily fit other places and make them work in New England. They wouldn't be able to bring Patricia, McDaniels, or Shurmur back in until after their respective teams are eliminated from the postseason or the week between the conference championships and Super Bowl LII, whichever comes first.
Flores has been with the Patriots since 2004, working all the way up from a scouting assistant at the age of 23 to the safeties coach in 2012. He's one of the best.