Signs pointing to Matt Patricia as Giants coach

The strong belief is that Matt Patricia will not be defensive coordinator of the New England Patriots next season, leaving the cozy comfort of Bill Belichick's staff for a head coaching gig of his own. But he also met with the New York Giants last week, and now it appears Patricia is not only the favorite for that job, but prefers them over Detroit.

Less than a week after a report said Matt Patricia is the likely candidate to become the next Detroit Lions head coach, a new report says the Patriots' defensive coordinator favors a different opening.

The Feeling is Mutual According to Pat Leonard of the New York Daily News, "all signs" show that the Giants seem to favor Patricia as well.

This certainly doesn't meant he Lions have lost out or will lose out on their top choice.

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"Our report was and is that the Patriots are bracing for Patricia to leave, and that the Patriots believe the most likely destination is Detroit", Florio tells The Big Lead by text message. If they end up interested enough to make an offer, that's where things could get interesting for the Lions. In fact, he is often called a 'defensive genius.'Hold on, Pats Fans....it's not who you think.However, his departure would be a major loss for the Patriots. Patricia earned a bachelor's degree in aeronautical engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, where he played as an offensive lineman. He arrived as an offensive assistant and his since helped on the offensive line, coached linebackers, safeties and overseen a unit as defensive coordinator. Carolina Panthers defensive coordinator Steve Wilks could enter the mix as well, as he hits the interview circuit this week.

Patricia and the Patriots face the Titans in the AFC Divisional Round on Saturday.

It's an interesting development for one of the NFL's hottest coaching candidates.

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