New England Patriots

Get ready Patriots Nation because the New England Patriots could be on the hunt for a new defensive coordinator for the 2018 season if Matt Patricia leaves for a new gig at the end of the season.

A source close to the situation told Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk that “the Patriots are bracing for defensive coordinator Matt Patricia to leave, most likely to become the next head coach of the Detroit Lions.”

Patricia, who joined the Patriots in 2004 and later became the team’s defensive coordinator in 2012 before winning two Super Bowls, is said to have “a very good” relationship with current Lions general manager Bob Quinn, who worked for the Patriots for almost 16 years.

Quinn, a native of Norwood, Mass.,  joined the Patriots back in 2000 as a player personnel assistant, before spending the next nine seasons as a scout, followed by another four as the assistant director of pro personnel. He was then eventually hired as the new general manager of the Detroit Lions back in January 2016.

With the Patriots chasing their sixth Super Bowl victory and third in the last four years, the Lions will have to wait until the Patriots’ season ends before making Patricia’s hiring official – that is, if that’s their final decision.

It becomes more obvious over the course of the NFL Playoffs that Patricia may become the next head coach in Detroit, especially if a new coach isn’t announced in the near future. It’s similar to last year’s situation between Kyle Shanahan and San Francisco.

Time will tell if the pencil-rocking coordinator will be heading to Detroit take over a Lions team that went 9-7 and finished second in the NFC North in 2017 next season. And with quarterback Matthew Stafford in the fold long-term, he wouldn’t make as big a drop-off at that position as he could with other teams. But until then, let’s just ride this record-setting cold to Super Bowl LII.

—  By John ‘The Dude’ Hardiman, 985TheSportsHub.com

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