And while Patricia doesn't have the National Football League head coaching experience that Mara prefers, he does satisfy the Giants' baseline requirement of significant time spent as a coordinator, in year six now running the Patriots' perennially respectable defense. It would also be a smart hire for the Giants.Despite reports that New England Patriots defensive coordinator, Matt Patricia, was nearly a sure-bet to end up the Detroit Lions head coach, reports have emerged that Patricia actually favors the Giants opening.
Patricia and offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels interviewed for the Giants job this past Friday.
This certainly doesn't meant he Lions have lost out or will lose out on their top choice.
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Patricia might be the right fit for the Giants, but fixing New York's offense has to remain a priority. If they end up interested enough to make an offer, that's where things could get interesting for the Lions.
The former RPI offensive lineman graduated with an aeronautical engineering degree and as Pat Leonard of the Daily News wrote, "A rocket scientist has blasted his way into the lead to be the Giants' next head coach". Maybe, although there could be some issues at play for which the Lions could not overcome the Giants - such as proximity to family.
As The Daily News points out, nothing can become official until the Patriots' season is over.
The NFL's tampering policy prevents the Giants and Patricia, if he is indeed the pick, from agreeing to a contract until after the Patriots' season is over. The longer he, or another available candidate, doesn't fill that job, the more nervous the Lions front office should feel.