Familiarity, NFL lineage and Patriots influence are why Matt Patricia makes sense in Detroit

From ESPN - January 14, 2018

It appears the Detroit Lions are going to get their top target in the teams head-coaching search.

ESPN Insider Adam Schefter reported Sunday that New England Patriots defensive coordinator Matt Patricia is likely to become the Lions next head coach, a position vacated after Jim Caldwell was fired Jan. 1. Patricia had appeared to be Lions general manager Bob Quinn's main target going back to before Caldwell was even let go.

If Patricia ends up in Detroit once the Patriots' season ends, it should be the last major non-player addition for Quinn to implement the vision hes had for the Lions since he took the job in 2016. It will also continue the Patriot-like ways in which the Lions will potentially operate in the future.

Quinn and Patricia come from the same NFL lineage -- both working their way up from low-level staffers in New England to become two of Bill Belichicks most trusted advisers at the time when they made their decisions to leave. And a strong relationship was built between Quinn and Patricia in their time together in New England, which spanned more than a decade.

Even when Quinn was hired by the Lions in January 2016, he indicated that he believed both Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels and Patricia were ready to be head coaches then. Quinn stuck with Caldwell for two years, though, leading to two 9-7 records and a playoff berth in 2016 before he made the decision to go find his own coach.

That coach will be someone with whom Quinn has familiarity -- a trait he has been transparent about from the start. At Quinn's news conference discussing Caldwells firing, he was asked whether familiarity with the person he was hiring was going to be a factor. Quinn said it could be a factor, and in the end it looks like hes going with the candidate he knows best.


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