Matt Patricia's head coaching preferred destination revealed

Patriots defensive coordinator Matt Patricia

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This is a significant development with ramifications across the league and in New England.

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.

Considered to be a favorite for the Detroit Lions head coaching vacancy, the New York Daily News is reporting that "all signs are pointing" to Matt Patricia as the next head coach of the New York Giants. That being said, head coaching searches have a way of settling in even as top candidates remain active in the playoffs.

It was assumed Patricia was destined for the Lions, but in recent days reports started to come out that Patricia preferred the Giants job. He was an assistant offensive line coach in 2005 before moving to the defense. The performance of this year's group has been remarkable. The fact that the defense did this without Dont'a Hightower and an inexperienced front seven also speaks to the job Patricia did.

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Patricia was on the sidelines for both of them, first as the Patriots' linebackers coach and then as their safeties coach.

Patricia, 43, has been the Patriots' defensive coordinator since 2012, his units finishing in the top 10 in scoring defense in each of his six seasons. Many believed he'd be headed to the Lions, but it has since been reported that he favors the Giants over the other two teams.

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. The Indianapolis Colts, Chicago Bears and the Giants interviewed McDaniels, while the Arizona Cardinals interviewed Flores.

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