According to the NY Daily News, "all signs point to" the Giants naming Patricia as their next head coach once the Patriots' playoff run comes to an end. Maybe, although there could be some issues at play for which the Lions could not overcome the Giants - such as proximity to family.
Although the Giants and Patricia cannot make any type of formal agreement until the Patriots' season is over, the spot can essentially be held for him, like the Falcons did for Dan Quinn and more recently the 49ers did for Kyle Shanahan.
Nothing official can occur with Patricia until the Patriots are eliminated from the playoffs.
Patricia reportedly had interviews with the Giants, Detroit Lions and Arizona Cardinals last week, but seems to favor NY, according to multiple sources.
It's an interesting development for one of the NFL's hottest coaching candidates. He joined the Patriots in 2004 as offensive assistant.More news: Malaysia hires U.S. firm to resume search for missing MH370
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In the event Patricia leaves, it's expected that the Patriots will promote linebackers coach Brian Flores to defensive coordinator.
Fixing the offensive line and establishing a ground game in 2018 will enable Big Blue the ability to utilize their offensive weapons on the outside. According to National Football League rules, Patricia can not execute a contract until the Patriots' season ends. He coached the linebackers (2006-2010) and then the safeties (2011) before officially being named the defensive coordinator in 2012.
Minnesota Vikings offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur, 52, was also reported as a candidate for the Giants' head coaching job following an interview on Saturday.
Ever since it was announced that former Lions head coach Jim Caldwell was sacked, the talk has shifted to who the next head coach will be.
Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels also interviewed for the Giants job, as well as for the Chicago Bears and Indianapolis Colts jobs.