UPDATE (10:45 a.m. ET): The Matt Patricia-to-the-New York Giants rumors are rapidly gaining steam.
The New York Daily News’ Pat Leonard reported Wednesday “all signs are pointing to” Patricia becoming the next head coach of the Giants. This news comes after it was reported that the New England Patriots defensive coordinator was the front-runner to land the Detroit Lions’ coaching job.
As Leonard points out, the Giants would have to wait until New England’s season ends to bring Patricia in for a second interview, although they could interview him in the week leading up to the Super Bowl — with the Patriots’ permission — if they make it that far.
ORIGINAL STORY: It appears the Detroit Lions are strongly considering making Matt Patricia their next head coach. But the question remains: Does Patricia want to be the Lions’ next head coach?
The New England Patriots’ defensive coordinator is Detroit’s top choice for its head coach vacancy over Houston Texans defensive coordinator (and former Patriot) Mike Vrabel, the MMQB’s Peter King reported Wednesday.
But according to King, Patricia “favors” the New York Giants, who interviewed him earlier this month. If Patricia takes the Giants’ open job, Vrabel could land the Lions gig, per King.
Patricia could have competition for New York’s head coach opening: Carolina Panthers defensive coordinator Steve Wilks, Minnesota Vikings offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur and Patricia’s own colleague, Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels, all recently interviewed with the Giants. Patricia boasts a strong pedigree as the architect of a defense that’s helped New England win two of the last three Super Bowls, though, and is a New York native who attended college at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, N.Y.
King also offered his take on McDaniels, writing that the Indianapolis Colts would be a “good fit” for the offensive coordinator. McDaniels recently interviewed with the Colts and is among the front-runners for the job.