Another weekend, another strong link to Matt Patricia

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The Detroit Lions will likely name Patriots defensive coordinator Matt Patricia their 27th head coach in franchise history.

Patricia was thought to be a front-runner for the Giants' job, but it appears Detroit has nabbed the one-time engineer who chose to coach football.

While Patricia has been a defensive coach in New England since 2006, he has a history on the offensive side of the ball as well, specifically as an offensive lineman. The 43-year-old served as an offensive assistant, offensive line coach, a linebackers coach, a safeties coach and took over as the defensive coordinator in 2012.It appears he will be adding Lions head coach to his resume as well.

With the conclusion of the Lions' 2017 season, Tim Twentyman, Mike O'Hara and Tori Petry are reviewing the team's performance in each phase of the game.

And his own coach will be someone with whom he has familiarity. Quinn said it could be a factor, and in the end it looks like he's going with the candidate he knows best.

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Various reports this week had Patricia Big Apple-bound as he awaited a call by the Giants' decision makers for a job he supposedly prefers. It was only a matter of time before news leaked about where Patricia would end up in 2018.

It makes sense for Patricia, too. And when Patricia was at Syracuse as a graduate assistant, he was an offensive assistant for two years.

Now that the Lions have found their new bench boss, the Bears, Giants and Cardinals remain the only teams with head coaching vacancies. He'll also have a good chance to mold the front seven of his defense because two key players, Ezekiel Ansah and Haloti Ngata, are free agents and the front seven is one of the key areas needing improvement in Detroit.

Sports Illustrated's Peter King wrote last week that Patricia, a NY native, prefers the Giants job, while the Daily News reported he's the team's top candidate after their first round of interviews.

The Lions will have to wait until after New England's playoff run before working on contract details with Patricia.

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