After earlier reports this week saying that Patriots defensive coordinator Matt Patricia was the frontrunner for the Lions head coaching vacancy, The MMQB's Peter King is now reporting that, while Patricia remains the preferred choice in Detroit, he would prefer to go to the New York Giants and is also the lead candidate there.
It's a bit odd that Patricia would prefer the Giants over the Lions--Detroit has an established franchise quarterback in Matthew Stafford, pieces along the offensive line and skill positions, and a promising young defense headlined by corner Darius Slay. Howeverer, Big Blue still has some appeal: While the team is coming off a 3-13 disaster and needs a quarterback in the draft, they went 11-5 two years ago and are chock-full of top defensive talent. For a defensive coordinator in his first head-coaching gig, the Giants have one of the league's better defensive situations.
Patricia's name has been in the coaching carousel for a while now. While he was rumored to be leaving New England after last season and interviewed with multiple teams around the league as a possible head coach, he ended up returning to Foxborough for this season. After coming into the league in 2004 with the Pats, this offseason could be the time he finally decides to strike out on his own.