Matt Patricia 'Likely to Become' Lions Head Coach Amid Giants Rumors

Feb 5 2017 Houston TX USA New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh Mc Daniels during Super Bowl LI against the Atlanta Falcons at NRG Stadium. Mandatory Credit Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Feb 5 2017 Houston TX USA New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh Mc Daniels during Super Bowl LI against the Atlanta Falcons at NRG Stadium. Mandatory Credit Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

It appears that the "will he, won't he" saga of Matt Patricia and the Detroit Lions could soon officially be answered.

Patricia is likely to become the next head coach of the Lions, according to a report from ESPN's Adam Schefter.

Should Patricia land in the Motor City, he'd be reunited with former personnel man and current GM Bob Quinn. Part of New England's ascent can be attributed to the defensive side of the ball, though, where the Patriots have improved vastly since a shaky start and the work of defensive coordinator Matt Patricia has been widely recognized as a result.

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The Patriots, 14-3, will host the victor of Sunday's divisional matchup between the Jaguars and Steelers next Sunday in the AFC title game, since they beat the Titans on Saturday. If they advance to their third Super Bowl in four seasons, the Lions could interview Patricia for a second time during the bye week before the game but the soonest they could hire him as head coach would be February 5.

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. It was only a matter of time before news leaked about where Patricia would end up in 2018. The 43-year-old has served on Bill Belichick's staff since 2004 including the last six years as New England's defensive coordinator.

Patricia has been one of the hottest names in coaching circles for the last two years, interviewing with the Rams and Chargers last year and being linked to the Lions, Giants and Cardinals.

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