The wait for Matt Patricia will continue for at least another week

Patriots defensive coordinator Matt Patricia prepares New England for the Titans

New England Patriots defensive coordinator Matt Patricia is likely to be the next head coach of the Detroit Lions, according to a report.

And his own coach will be someone with whom he has familiarity.

During Sunday morning's conference call, Belichick did not address Schefter's report but explained his thought process behind hiring new assistants, one that does not alter much from his usual approach.

Last year, the San Francisco 49ers hired Kyle Shanahan while he was still serving at the offensive coordinator for the Atlanta Falcons in their run to the Super Bowl.

The Lions haven't interviewed anyone since they met with Patricia a week ago Friday, and they haven't had any of their other candidates in for a second interview even as Vrabel has emerged as one of two favorites for the Indianapolis Colts job.

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 New York Daily News reported Wednesday all signs pointed towards New England's defensive coordinator as emerging as the first coaching hire under new GM Dave Gettleman.

Then a report/rumor surfaced that the Giants were not trying to close a deal with Patricia, at least not yet. Part of New England's ascent can be attributed to the defensive side of the ball, though, where the Patriots have improved vastly since a shaky start and the work of defensive coordinator Matt Patricia has been widely recognized as a result.

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. Patricia has a strong relationship with Detroit general manager Bob Quinn, the Patriots' former director of pro scouting.

Patricia has been an assistant with the Patriots since 2004 and the team's defensive coordinator since the 2012 season. When you guys hear, I'm sure I'll hear.



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