Minnesota Vikings offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur and Carolina Panthers defensive coordinator Steve Wilks are reportedly both "strong" candidates to fill the New York Giants' head coach position. The Patriots will play the Pittsburgh Steelers or Jacksonville Jaguars in the AFC Championship next Sunday.
Apparently, that's no longer the case if it ever was. If 43-year-old Patricia joins the Lions he will be reuniting with former Patriots personnel man and current Lions general manager Bob Quinn.
The Lions will have to wait until after New England's playoff run before working on contract details with Patricia.
But if Quinn didn't cover Patricia's plans with the Lions' job, and if he hasn't been in regular backchannel communication about where things stand now, it's a dereliction of duty.
Although no formal announcement can be made until New Englands season comes to an end, ESPN's Adam Schefter reported Sunday morning that Patricia will soon make his way to the Motor City.
Quinn said when he fired Caldwell that the new head coach would have autonomy over his staff, so it'll be up to Patricia on whether he wants to stick with Cooter (which seems possible) or move on to someone else.
Then this weekend hit and Ian Rapoport re-centered the Matt Patricia discussion around the Lions, while still acknowledging that the Giants had interest, but were not as far along in the process with any candidate as the NY reports suggested.
Patricia has been an assistant with the Patriots since 2004 and the team's defensive coordinator since the 2012 season.
Patricia is Quinn's first choice to replace Jim Caldwell as Lions coach, and for good reason.
NY is home - he grew up four hours north of the city - and the Giants' organization is one of the most storied in the NFL.
Patricia has also interviewed with the New York Giants and Arizona Cardinals, and Sports Illustrated and the New York Daily News have indicated Patricia to the Giants is more likely.