Matt Patricia favors Giants over Lions

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Leonard suggests Patricia could hire Alabama offensive coordinator Brian Daboll due to their time spent together in New England.

According to the Daily News' Pat Leonard, "all signs are pointing" to Big Blue hiring New England Patriots defensive coordinator Matt Patricia. Their first two titles were headlined by one of the greatest defensive players in National Football League history, linebacker Lawrence Taylor, who was supported by the likes of Giants legends like Carl Banks, Harry Carson and George Martin.

Patricia undoubtedly is qualified for a head-coaching position, and there is a chance he will need to decide between official job offers from the Lions and Giants once New England's season is over.

Patricia and the Patriots face the Titans in the AFC Divisional Round on Saturday. He was an assistant offensive line coach in 2005 before moving to the defense.

Among his playing experience in the trenches and success improving the Pats' defense, the coordinator also has a bachelor's degree in aeronautical engineering from R.P.I. and a master's in education, which the Daily News believes is enough to fit the franchise's needs. He coached the linebackers (2006-2010) and then the safeties (2011) before officially being named the defensive coordinator in 2012. Flores interviewed with the Cardinals last week as well and ESPN's Mike Reiss reported that the coach also had interest in the past from other teams as a potential defensive signal caller. The Giants are among the teams interviewing Carolina Panthers defensive coordinator Steve Wilks this week, with whom they have an existing connection through new general manager Dave Gettleman.

Have the Giants already made their decision on a new head coach?

As for Josh McDaniels, this would seemingly leave just the Colts job, as he interviewed with the Giants, Colts and Bears, and it would appear the Colts job is the only one which remains available.

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