Giants may miss out on coaching candidates by following National Football League rules

Aubrey Yates
January 14, 2018

Detroit publicly announced interviews with six candidates for the job: Patricia, Houston defensive coordinator Mike Vrabel, Green Bay associate head coach Winston Moss, Minnesota offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur, now-former Lions defensive coordinator Teryl Austin and Lions offensive coordinator Jim Bob Cooter.

Things can get a little fast and loose this time of year, especially with coaches who might be going to the Super Bowl.

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that league sources told ESPN that Patricia is likely to become the next Detroit Lions head coach after the Patriots' season ends.NFL Network's Ian Rapaport said on Twitter that Patricia has always been the favorite for the Lions.

That being said, in my 200 years of life (really 40), I have seen plenty of National Football League head coach searches play out.

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Patricia has been one of the hottest names on the coaching market for the past year or so, and there had been reports that he was the leading candidate for another job as well.

No team can hire Matt Patricia until the Patriots lose in the playoffs, but it looks like the Giants wont' be hiring him regardless.

So, according to this RUMOR, the Lions are a lock to land Patricia unless he chooses to stay with Belichick or if Bob Quinn gets sick of waiting around? And if the Giants could pick three head coaches - McDaniels, Patricia and Steve Wilks - they might. McDaniels is rumored to be at the top of the Indianapolis Colts' wish list while Spagnuolo and Studesville are considered long shots.

So if one team is willing to bend the rules and commit to a coach while another refuses to, it only makes sense that coach goes with what's guaranteed. While that has been enough to cast doubt on what will ultimately happen, this weekend should have a calming influence on Lions fans hoping to see Matt Patricia roaming the Lions' sideline next season.

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