Lions Likely To Hire Matt Patricia

It sounds like Matt Patricia is ready to leave the nest. The Patriots are bracing for their defensive coordinator to leave, most likely to become the next head coach of the Lions, a source with knowledge of the situation tells Mike Florio of PFT.

As shown in PFR’s Head Coaching Search Tracker, Patricia is up for three jobs with the Lions, Cardinals, and Giants all showing interest. If the Lions are indeed hiring him, they’ll have to wait until the Patriots’ season is officially over to put pen to paper. However, they could reach a handshake agreement with him before that point.

Patricia has been praised for his defensive acumen and his pre-existing relationship with GM Bob Quinn gives him an advantage over others who are up for the job. If Patricia is the hire in Detroit, it will have a ripple effect across the league and possibly displace incumbent coordinators Jim Bob Cooter (offense) and Teryl Austin (defense). Both Austin and Cooter met with the team about a potential promotion to HC.

The Patriots’ postseason gets underway next Saturday in the divisional round.

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  1. Thronson5

    I thought the Lions might go offensive coach, not sure what to think about this one but I definitely have been curious to see how this guy can do as HC so I guess I finally get to see. Things might change a lot in NE if McDaniels leaves as well or Bill leaves also. Interested in seeing how this guy does and what happens in NE.

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    • diller79

      The lions are targeting a defensive head coach because they want to keep the stafford-jim bob cooter as QB and OC in tact and part of Patricia’s interview he said if he was hired he would keep cooter and hire his own DQ which the lions are on board for

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      • txjags

        I want my money own DQ….Blizzards for everyone all the time!!

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    • MZ311

      The patriots will be the patriots as long as belichick is the guy. They were fine after Weis and Crennel left.

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  2. TJECK109

    It’s hard to get excited about any hire coming from the Patriots. The most successful staff member to leave is O’Brien.

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  3. Ryan Hilson

    Interesting that they blocked Austin from Green Bay unless Patricia wants him as dc

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    • ray_derek

      They only blocked him because GB blocked Detroit a few years ago.

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      • Ryan Hilson

        He’ll be a free agent come Tuesday from what I understand so can’t stop him then

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  4. whereslou

    Brady and Kraft have their live affair. Bill walks out the back door as he helps Patricia and McDaniels get jobs elsewhere. The NE fans say it won’t matter. Tommy plays like a 41yo QB next year. Robert still won’t let the new coach bench him so he fires him and blames it all on the new coach. Tommy plays the next year and plays like a 50yo QBThey don’t have a replacement it takes how many years to find a good QB and a good coach

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    • whereslou

      Hit the wrong button but you get the drift if Bill leaves the arrogant NE fans are going to be in for some hard times.

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        • whereslou

          Man how long did it take you to come up with that witty and thought out retort? My feelings are truly hurt.

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  5. mightyjar

    You read a story on ESPN so now you try and pretend like you know something, what is a live affair? Does Boston show it live ?

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    • whereslou

      Sorry I misspelled a word for you. To help you figure it out it was love affair. I know that is hard for you NE fans to figure out.

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  6. Dtownwarrior78

    My God NE fans are so annoyingly arrogant and misguided! But regardless of their constant annoyance, onto DET. It will be extremely interesting to see if Patricia is going to be able to take this underachieving unit to where it should be now, which is in the playoffs annually, not sporadically. I do realize that the coordinators that have left NE in the past have had a fair share of non-success, but I honestly believe that MP is going to be the one who breaks that trend. My only concern? Please do not bring back JBC as OC! His play calling in the Cincinnati game alone should’ve been the nail in his employment coffin! Weak and unimaginative, he needs to follow Caldwell to the bread line!

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  7. dustin daugherty 824

    as a Patriots fan I’m sad to see Patricia go! but Hey man good luck in Detroit! if your able to be a head coach take it and run with it! all love for my man Patricia! helped NE out alot! hope he does well in Detroit!

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  8. OCTraveler

    Patricia to Detroit with a return ticket to New England once Belichick retires.

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  9. Dtownwarrior78

    After the ridiculous ESPN article that’s making the rounds about “New England turmoil between BB, TB and RK bound to break up after this season” all that’s gonna happen is Belichek staying, Brady staying the same dominant QB and Belichek getting about $3M more annually after the reported 10 yr – $10M deal that Gruden signed. Another BS story from the 4-letter network with absolutely no truth to it. ESPN is getting real tired real fast IMHO!

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