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Matt Patricia may be taking time to interview for open head coaching jobs. He also could be on his way to Detroit. But the Patriots defensive coordinator is still doing his best to focus on what’s important right now, which is Saturday’s playoff game.

Patricia addressed recent news about him with reporters in his Monday conference call. Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk reported that the Pats are “bracing” for his departure, likely to the Detroit Lions.

However, as you’d expect, Patricia isn’t saying much about his interviews.

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When asked where he sees things heading in light of his recent head coach interviews, Patricia hinted at nothing involving his potential future employment.

“It’s always a learning experience, like when I’ve been through it before,” said Patricia. “You know, you have the opportunity to learn about some other franchises and get a chance to talk about how they do things and really just kind of broaden your whole overall education of what the NFL and the different organizations are. So, it’s always a very informative process. It’s interesting when you go through it.

“The good part about it is when it’s done, then you really just kind of flip your focus back to the task at hand. So, really at that point, it was the three teams trying to prepare for who we were going to play. And then it obviously got narrowed down and full steam ahead on Tennessee trying to get ready to defend a very talented group. So, quickly we’ve got to turn the page and get all of our attention and focus, details to getting ready for them.”

Defensive coordinator Matt Patricia of the New England Patriots looks on in the AFC Championship game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on January 24, 2016 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

Defensive coordinator Matt Patricia of the New England Patriots looks on in the AFC Championship game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on January 24, 2016 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

Matt Patricia: Future Head Coach?

Patricia completed interviews with the Lions last week, in addition to the New York Giants and Arizona Cardinals. The Giants also showed interest in offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels for their open head coaching spot. Meanwhile, the Cards also interviewed linebackers coach Brian Flores.

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In any event, it’s no surprise that Patricia gave reporters nothing as far as his interviews. Besides describing it as a “learning experience,” of course. His comments actually suggest that he won’t necessarily leave the Pats after the season. But even if he is, his reputation as a coach is a strong one. It’s more likely that the defense would be extra motivated to win one more Super Bowl for him on the way out, rather than lose focus or sour on their coach for leaving them.

— By Matt Dolloff, 985TheSportsHub.com

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