The Patriots are preparing for defensive coordinator Matt Patricia, who interviewed with the Giants, to become the next head coach of the Detroit Lions, reports Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk.
Patricia has a "very good" relationship with current Lions GM Bob Quinn, reports Pro Football Talk. Quinn previously was employed by the Patriots.
Patricia, 43, has served on the Patriots' coaching staff since 2004 and has been the team's defensive coordinator since 2012.
Patricia met with Giants' GM Dave Gettleman, assistant GM Kevin Abrams, and co-owner John Mara in Foxoborough on Friday. The Giants also interviewed Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels on Friday and Vikings OC PAt Shurmur on Saturday.
Defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo was interviewed earlier in the week, while Broncos running backs coach Eric Studesville and Panthers defensive coordinator Steve Wilks are also slated for interviews. The Giants intend to talk to Eagles defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz following the conclusion of Philadelphia's season if no coach has been hired by that time, according to SNY's Ralph Vacchiano.