Patricia's colleague, Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels, is also reportedly a candidate for both the Giants and Indianapolis Colts coaching vacancies should he leave New England, according to the Daily News. However, Sports Illustrated's Peter King reported Wednesday that he's heard Patricia favors the Giants job.
Although the Giants and Patricia cannot make any type of formal agreement until the Patriots' season is over, the spot can essentially be held for him, like the Falcons did for Dan Quinn and more recently the 49ers did for Kyle Shanahan. It does, however, indicate a potential stumbling block that wasn't apparent as reports started to swirl suggesting things were heading in the direction of Patricia becoming the Lions next head coach.
Gettleman did not hire Ron Rivera as Panthers head coach, but in his four years as Carolina's GM (2013-16) won with the defensive-minded Rivera at the helm, including a 15-1 season and a Super Bowl trip in 2015, losing only to Von Miller and Denver's ferocious D.
The Giants cannot officially come to terms on a contract with Patricia until New England's season comes to an end.
All signs pointed to Patricia taking over in Detroit, where he interviewed with during New England's postseason bye week.
Patricia and the Patriots face the Titans in the AFC Divisional Round on Saturday. In addition, they still have Eli Manning and a high first-round pick. He was an assistant offensive line coach in 2005 before moving to the defense. The Bears hired Chiefs offensive coordinator Matt Nagy.