Patriots DC Matt Patricia expected to be next Lions head coach

Patriots DC Matt Patricia expected to be next Lions head coach

Reporting that the Detroit Lion's next coach may be New England Patriots defensive coordinator Matt Patricia.

Although Patricia can't formally take a job until the Patriots' postseason is over, he will likely be the Lions' head coach, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

The potential contract negotiations between the Lions and Patricia would have to wait until after New England is finished, as National Football League rules state that "No contract shall be executed, and no agreement to execute a contract, or an announcement of a contract, or of an agreement for employment, shall be permitted until after the conclusion of the employer club's playing season". It was only a matter of time before news leaked about where Patricia would end up in 2018. The Patriots will play in the AFC Championship Game Sunday, January 21.

Beyond that, Patricia is well respected for his work with New England's defense and the way he's gone about building relationships inside the Patriots' locker room. The Patriots have finished in the top 10 in points allowed in all six of Patricia's seasons as defensive coordinator. "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".

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The Lions have been looking for a new coach since firing Jim Caldwell on New Year's Day.

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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