Over the weekend, Mike Florio reported that the Patriots "are bracing for defensive coordinator Matt Patricia to leave, most likely to become the next coach of the Detroit Lions". The New England Patriots defensive coordinator was thought to be a sure-thing to end up the Detroit Lions head coach, according reports.
However, it's Patricia, a NY native and former offensive lineman, that is believed to be favored by new general manager David Gettleman who, according to the Daily News, is keen on fixing the Giants' offensive line and improving the franchise's culture.
Gettleman made his philosophy clear at his introductory press conference late last month, via New York's team website. Offense scores points, defense wins championships.
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.
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Patricia and the Patriots face the Titans in the AFC Divisional Round on Saturday. After the Bears hired Matt Nagy as head coach, and with the Giants interested in Patricia, McDaniels only has the Colts as his probable destination for a head coaching gig.
The Lions are a bit of a red-headed step child in the National Football League, and the Detroit Free Press has pointed out Patricia spurning them for another head coaching job would be nothing new.
Patricia has been with the Patriots since 2004 and took over as defensive coordinator in 2012.
The Giants averaged just 15.4 points per game during the 2017 season. And part of the reason for that may be because he desires a call from Big Blue.