Detroit Lions likely to land Matt Patricia as head coach

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To some surprise on Sunday: Pats defensive coordinator Matt Patricia is "likely" heading to Detroit to take the Lions job once New England's season wraps up.

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. With the Colts and Giants pursuing OC Josh McDaniels and LBs coach Brian Flores a finalist for the head job in Arizona, New England's coaching staff could look vastly different in 2018.

Apparently, that's no longer the case if it ever was.

The Lions are still looking for a head coach after the team fired Jim Caldwell, but it appears they have found their man. Defensively, though, there have been a lot of questions in the Motor City for quite some time and Patricia would theoretically address those needs with a high-level analytical mind.

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According to the team's website, Patricia has been the Patriots' defensive coordinator since 2012.

He has been described as "smart enough to be a general manager" at one point; Patricia is literally a rocket scientist. "Ultimately, I'm the person in charge of football operation here at the Lions, and ultimately the record that we've had the last two years is on me". The Lions went 9-7 each of the last two years and made the playoffs twice under Caldwell.

Patricia, who interviewed for jobs with the Cleveland Browns, Los Angeles Chargers and Los Angeles Rams in previous seasons, and with the Arizona Cardinals in addition to the Lions and Giants this year, checks off numerous boxes Quinn said he was looking for when stared his coaching search 13 days ago.

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