New England Patriots defensive coordinator Matt Patricia is believed to be the frontrunner for the New York Giants' head coaching job, according to Pat Leonard of the New York Daily News.
Matt Patricia will remain with the New England Patriots through the playoffs, but the New York Giants want to be the franchise that takes the defensive coordinator after the postseason. Get the app and get the game.
The Lions are a bit of a red-headed step child in the National Football League, and the Detroit Free Press has pointed out Patricia spurning them for another head coaching job would be nothing new. He was an assistant offensive line coach in 2005 before moving to the defense. The performance of this year's group has been remarkable.
However, it's Patricia, a NY native and former offensive lineman, that is believed to be favored by new general manager David Gettleman who, according to the Daily News, is keen on fixing the Giants' offensive line and improving the franchise's culture. The fact that the defense did this without Dont'a Hightower and an inexperienced front seven also speaks to the job Patricia did.
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".
In the event Patricia leaves, it's expected that the Patriots will promote linebackers coach Brian Flores to defensive coordinator.
Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels also interviewed for the Giants job, as well as for the Chicago Bears and Indianapolis Colts jobs.