Patricia was believed to be the Lions' top choice, but a report this week indicated that all signs were pointing to Patricia taking over the Giants.
Sources say that the Lions still need to work out the contract details after the Patriots' season ends.
The Patriots, 14-3, will host the victor of Sunday's divisional matchup between the Jaguars and Steelers next Sunday in the AFC title game, since they beat the Titans on Saturday.
This has been the widely held belief in National Football League circles for some time, though reports last week suggesting that Patricia would favor the vacant New York Giants' job clouded matters.
It appears that the back-and-forth of "will he or won't he" be the next head coach of the Lions may be over.
No team can hire Matt Patricia until the Patriots lose in the playoffs, but it looks like the Giants wont' be hiring him regardless. It was only a matter of time before news leaked about where Patricia would end up in 2018.
"I think that the one thing that everybody needs to understand about Matt Patricia is that he is a rocket scientist", former Patriots linebacker Dane Fletcher said.
Last season, Patricia interviewed for head coaching jobs with the Los Angeles Rams and Los Angeles Chargers, but lost out to Sean McVay and Anthony Lynn, respectively. "That guy is very good with numbers and he's very good with angles and what not, and he's very intelligent and expects a lot". Only six teams ended up with vacancies at the head coach position, with five teams firing their coach and Bruce Arians walking away from the Cardinals.
The Lions employ Bob Quinn as general manager. In fact, for three of his four years with the Lions, he led them to winning records. During his 4 seasons in Detroit, Caldwell went 36-28, and 0-2 in the postseason.
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