It appears that the "will he, won't he" saga of Matt Patricia and the Detroit Lions could soon officially be answered.
With that in mind, Patricia is now "likely" to take over as the Detroit Lions head coach, according to a report from ESPN's Adam Schefter. However, it's been widely believed for almost a week that Patricia would end up with the Lions despite some of the reporting out of NY. The Patriots will host the AFC title game next weekend.
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The Patriots are also expected to lose offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels, who is considered as a finalist for both the Giants and Indianapolis Colts' head coaching jobs. The two worked together for 12 seasons in New England, have a mutual respect for one another, and people around the league have pegged Patricia as Caldwell's likely replacement since Quinn was hired in January of 2016.
A native of Sherrill, N.Y., Patricia was an offensive lineman at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, N.Y. He began his coaching career there as well, before making stops at Amherst College and Syracuse.
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"I think that the one thing that everybody needs to understand about Matt Patricia is that he is a rocket scientist", former Patriots linebacker Dane Fletcher said. Only six teams ended up with vacancies at the head coach position, with five teams firing their coach and Bruce Arians walking away from the Cardinals. During his 4 seasons in Detroit, Caldwell went 36-28, and 0-2 in the postseason.
The 43-year-old has been with the Patriots since 2004 and he's served as their defensive coordinator since 2012.
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