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More talk that Matt Patricia is likely the Lions' head coach

More talk that Matt Patricia is likely the Lions' head coach

The fact that Quinn hasn't is at a minimum enlightening and perhaps much more. The Lions finished 9-7 in 2017, missing the playoffs.

The Detroit Lions will likely name Patriots defensive coordinator Matt Patricia their 27th head coach in franchise history.

It may surprise some that the grizzly-looking Patricia also has quite the academic background- he received a Bachelor of Science in Aeronautical Engineering (a field concerned with the development of aircraft and spacecraft) from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 1996. Through it all, Quinn has kept silent in his words and actions. Internally, the Giants never quite had one guy they were honed in on, I'm told, because they knew other teams might have already essentially taken a finalist or two off the market before they could formally negotiate with them.

It bears repeating that Quinn, who's been in the Lions' Allen Park offices but hasn't informed some of his top lieutenants where the coaching search stands, has a close relationship with Patricia from their time together in New England.

It makes sense for Patricia, too.

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Patricia takes over for former Lions coach Jim Caldwell who was sacked on January 1, a day after the 2017 regular season came to an end.

Then the weekend ended and the week began and doubt about just how firm the Lions-Patricia connection might be arose, starting with Peter King's report that Patricia favors the Giants. And Quinn is far too smart for that.

The New England Patriots utterly dominated the Tennessee Titans in the team's first playoff game and, as a result, Tom Brady and company are seen as the favorites to claim yet another Super Bowl title.

The decision, objectively, isn't an easy one.

Quinn and Patricia come from the same National Football League lineage - both working their way up from low-level staffers in New England to become two of Bill Belichick's most trusted advisers at the time when they made their decisions to leave. Get the app and get the game.


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