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Matt Patricia prefers Giants' job over Lions'

Matt Patricia prefers Giants' job over Lions'

He would take over for Steve Spagnuolo, the Giants' interim head coach who stepped in after Ben McAdoo was sacked after Week 13 of a nightmare 2017 season.

Considered to be a favorite for the Detroit Lions head coaching vacancy, the New York Daily News is reporting that "all signs are pointing" to Matt Patricia as the next head coach of the New York Giants.

Peter King of Monday Morning Quarterback reports Patricia actually favors NY over Detroit contrary to earlier speculation. Offense scores points, defense wins championships. Matthew Stafford is an established quarterback and the Lions team as a whole seems much closer to contending for a Super Bowl than the Giants do. "So, I truly believe in that". Gettleman was sacked as Panthers GM over the summer, just prior to Wilks' only season as defensive coordinator, but their time in Carolina overlapped while Wilks was the defensive backs coach under defensive back Sean McDermott, who left for the Buffalo Bills head coaching job.

The Patriots defense led the National Football League in fewest points allowed last season.

The NFL's tampering policy prevents the Giants and Patricia, if he is indeed the pick, from agreeing to a contract until after the Patriots' season is over. The Patriots host the Tennessee Titans in the divisional round of the playoffs this Saturday.

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King adds that Carolina Panthers defensive coordinator Steve Wilks and Minnesota Vikings offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur also remain very much in play.

The Giants averaged just 15.4 points per game during the 2017 season.

That being said, it's important to note that Patricia is from NY and family could be a deciding factor. He was an assistant offensive line coach in 2005 before moving to the defense.

Leonard explained it "is not a done deal" the Detroit Lions will hire him "as several reports had claimed coming out of his interviews last weekend" and added "there are indications he prefers the Giants".