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"If the Giants give the nod to Patricia, Detroit could be Vrabel's job".
Pat Leonard of the New York Daily News reports "that all signs are pointing to Matt Patricia" as Big Blue's next head coach.
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In those six years heading the defense, Patricia has helped the Patriots win a pair of Super Bowls and make the AFC title game each year.
If Patricia does take the Giants job, Houston Texans defensive coordinator Mike Vrabel would become the leading candidate in Detroit, King reported. National Football League rules state Patricia can not execute a contract until the Patriots' season ends. During that span, NY has had five other coaches: Ray Handley (1991-92), Dan Reeves (1993-96), Jim Fassel (1197-2003), Tom Coughlin (2004-2015) and Ben McAdoo (2016-17).
King adds that Carolina Panthers defensive coordinator Steve Wilks and Minnesota Vikings offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur also remain very much in play. The Giants will hold their sixth and final interview with former Broncos running backs coach Eric Studesville on Wednesday.
Pro Football Talk says Patricia has a great relationship with Lions GM Bob Quinn, who worked for the Patriots before coming to the Lions. The Indianapolis Colts, Chicago Bears and the Giants interviewed McDaniels, while the Arizona Cardinals interviewed Flores. Leonard suggests Patricia could hire Alabama offensive coordinator Brian Daboll due to their time spent together in New England.