Some Lions fans confounded by report Matt Patricia favoring Giants

Posted January 11, 2018

The New England Patriots defensive coordinator is also reportedly the favorite for the Detroit Lions head coaching position, but "Patricia favors the Giants", according to Sports Illustrated's Peter King.

While Leonard did not get into too many specifics as to which signs were pointing to Patricia heading to the Big Apple, he did point out that Patricia would prefer to go to the Giants over the Lions. If the Giants give the nod to Patricia, Detroit could be Vrabel's job.

The Giants cannot officially come to terms on a contract with Patricia until New England's season comes to an end.

Patricia will remain in full Bill Belichick, say nothing in any public way-mode until the Patriots' season is over.

While Patricia, 43, doesn't have the head coaching experience Giants co-owner John Mara is seeking, he has been a part of three Super Bowl titles in New England, including two as defensive coordinator.

Many believed Patricia would be the Lions' new head coach because he and Detroit GM Bob Quinn, a former Patriots exec, would keep it in the family as products of New England, too. He also thinks Patricia and new general manager Dave Gettleman would be on the same page in terms of putting that strong defensive team together. During that span, NY has had five other coaches: Ray Handley (1991-92), Dan Reeves (1993-96), Jim Fassel (1197-2003), Tom Coughlin (2004-2015) and Ben McAdoo (2016-17).

Patricia could take some members of the Patriots coaching staff with him, so that is something to watch for in the coming weeks. "I was not reporting then, and am not reporting now, that the Lions will hire or are likely to hire Patricia".