Adam Schefter of ESPN, citing a league, reports that the Lions are likely to hire Patriots DC Matt Patricia as their next head coach.
According to Schefter, Patricia and the Lions still need to agree to and work out the details of a contract once the Patriots’ season is officially over.
However, Detroit reportedly wants Patricia to be their next head coach and sources around the league have told Schefter that they expect a deal to eventually get done.
Reports have linked Patricia and the Lions for a month now, so this shouldn’t come as a big surprise. The Giants are also interested in him, but it sounds like the Lions are still the team to watch.
Patricia, 43, began his NFL coaching career as an offensive assistant for the Patriots back in 2004. He has held a number of position during his 14 years in New England including assistant offensive line coach, linebackers coach, and safeties coach before he was promoted to defensive coordinator in 2012.
This year, the Patriots’ defense ranks No. 29 in total allowed yards, No. 20 in rushing yards allowed and No. 30 in passing yards allowed and No. 5 in total points allowed.
We’ll have more regarding Patricia and the Lions as the news is available.