Detroit Lions' decision to wait on Matt Patricia could be telling


If Patricia ends up in Detroit once the Patriots' season ends, it should be the last major non-player addition for Quinn to implement the vision he's had for the Lions since he took the job in 2016.

And his own coach will be someone with whom he has familiarity.

New England Patriots Defensive Coordinator Matt Patricia is expected to be named the next head coach of the Detroit Lions, reports ESPN's Adam Schefter.

The game of head-coaching musical chairs will soon start.

The Lions have interviewed six men for the job, and don't have any other known interviews scheduled. The New York Daily News reported Wednesday all signs pointed towards New England's defensive coordinator as emerging as the first coaching hire under new GM Dave Gettleman.

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Shurmur has only 33 games of National Football League head coaching experience under his belt and 32 of them came with the Cleveland Browns from 2011-2012 as he compiled a miserable 9-23 record.

Shurmur is reportedly the front-runner to replace the retired Bruce Arians as the Arizona Cardinals' head coach.

So, according to this RUMOR, the Lions are a lock to land Patricia unless he chooses to stay with Belichick or if Bob Quinn gets sick of waiting around? The report also said former Denver Broncos running backs coach Eric Studesville and Steve Spagnuolo, who finished the season as the team's interim coach are not being considered for the position. McDaniels is one of two finalists for the Colts' vacancy and is considered the favorite.

If anything, this move makes complete sense for the Lions, as Detroit appears to be in good shape offensively with the pairing of quarterback Matthew Stafford and offensive coordinator Jim Bob Cooter. During his 4 seasons in Detroit, Caldwell went 36-28, and 0-2 in the postseason. While that has been enough to cast doubt on what will ultimately happen, this weekend should have a calming influence on Lions fans hoping to see Matt Patricia roaming the Lions' sideline next season.