The New York Giants may have identified their man. He’s a familiar face in Foxboro. His intelligence is very highly touted. In fact, he is often called a ‘defensive genius.’
Hold on, Pats Fans….it’s not who you think.
However, his departure would be a major loss for the Patriots. It would also be a smart hire for the Giants.
Despite reports that New England Patriots defensive coordinator, Matt Patricia, was almost a sure-bet to end up the Detroit Lions head coach, reports have emerged that Patricia actually favors the Giants opening.
Peter King of MMQB (Monday Morning Quarterback) offered this take on the potential of Patricia heading to East Rutherford:
In Detroit, I hear Pats defensive coordinator Matt Patricia is the choice over Houston’s defensive boss, Mike Vrabel—but Patricia favors the Giants. If the Giants give the nod to Patricia, Detroit could be Vrabel’s job.
The Feeling is Mutual
According to Pat Leonard of the New York Daily News, “all signs” show that the Giants seem to favor Patricia as well. From Patricia’s perspective, the move would make sense. Despite having a season in which they underachieved, the Giants have a great deal of talent on defense. As one of the NFL’s most respected defensive coordinators, Patricia would harness that talent back to an elite status.
The Giants should be better offensively in 2018, as well. Some key offensive weapons, such as Odell Beckham, Jr. will be returning from injury. In addition, they still have Eli Manning and a high first-round pick. That situation lends itself to Patricia having a quarterback of the present and future.
As the Patriots are still an active NFL Playoff participant, nothing could become official until the season has concluded. Per the NFL’s tampering policy, neither side would officially be able to ‘sign, or make an agreement to execute a contract until after the conclusion of the employer club’s playing season.’
The Patriots will take on the Tennessee Titans in their Divisional Round Playoff game on Saturday night at 8:15 p.m. at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Massachusetts.
–Mike D’Abate is a Managing Editor and National Columnist for Full Press Coverage Sports Media. He covers the New England Patriots and the AFC East. Follow him on Twitter @mdabateFPC