Patriots DC Matt Patricia expected to be next Lions head coach

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Matt Patricia may be the only one who knows for sure where Matt Patricia wants to coach in 2018.

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.

Patricia and the Lions still need to agree to and work out the contract details after the Patriots' season ends.

Bob Quinn, the Lions' general manager, previously worked in the Patriots' player personnel department.

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.

Shurmur was hired by the Vikings as tight ends coach in 2016 but was promoted to interim offensive coordinator midseason when Norv Turner resigned after a 5-2 start. McDaniels has emerged as the top choice to replace Chuck Pagano with the Indianapolis Colts, according to the NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, and Shurmur is believed to be the top choice of the Arizona Cardinals after the retirement of Bruce Arians.

As firm as the report might be, no contract is in place for Patricia and the Lions.

Patricia has been a member of New England's staff since 2004, starting out as an offensive assistant, oddly enough.

Shurmer was 9-23 in 2011 and 2012 with the Cleveland Browns and, also won the final game of the 2015 season for the Philadelphia Eagles after Chip Kelly was sacked with one game remaining. Should they lose to the New Orleans Saints in today's NFC Divisional Round matchup, the Giants could swoop in and make their hire as early as tomorrow. It's just a question of which team and coach are that first domino and when it happens.

Although he had a much ballyhooed sideline argument with McDaniels during a game last fall, Brady has since apologized.

"It doesn't affect me either way, honestly", Stafford said when asked about a potential role in the search process. "I love Josh. Josh is spectacular". We've been together for a long time.

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