Patricia has been a member of New England's staff since 2004, starting out as an offensive assistant, oddly enough.
Defensive Coordinator Matt Patricia of the New England Patriots watches the action on the sidelines during their game against the Houston Texans at NRG Stadium on December 13, 2015 in Houston, Texas.
The Lions fired Jim Caldwell at the conclusion of their 2017 season, finishing 9-7 and missing the playoffs. Quinn said it could be a factor, and in the end it looks like he's going with the candidate he knows best.
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. It was only a matter of time before news leaked about where Patricia would end up in 2018.
It is anticipated New England will lose at least two assistant coaches and potentially even three.
Defensively, Patricia will inherit a good secondary - Darius Slay was named first-team All-Pro this season and Glover Quin has been a Pro Bowler in the past - and a young middle linebacker with potential in Jarrad Davis. Although we believed the Lions were the more attractive job overall, we also outlined some reasons why Patricia might want to choose the Giants over the Lions.
National Football League teams can't officially agree to contracts with coaches still in the playoffs, and Patricia isn't eligible for a second interview with any team until after the Patriots are eliminated from the postseason or the week after the conference championships, whichever comes first.