Of the six head-coaching positions to come open this hiring cycle, just two have been filled so far.
Rapoport also pointed out Wilks-who Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin advocated for in a call with the Giants-would be New York's first minority head coach. The most solid info from well-regarded National Football League reporters has come out the last two weekends, with their reports remaining firm that Patricia will be the Lions' next head coach.
The two spent 12 seasons working together in New England, Patricia has earned rave reviews for his work ethic and ability to connect with players, and he's respected enough that at least one other team - the New York Giants - reportedly wants to hire him as head coach. In addition, Patriots linebackers coach Brian Flores is expected to be a finalist for the Arizona Cardinals' head-coaching job, according to a league source. Doubt was furthered by unsubstantiated reports out of NY that the Giants may be zeroing in on Patricia as their top choice.
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The Lions have the option of doing the same, though the coaches still working in the playoffs - Patricia and Shurmur - can't meet again until after their teams are eliminated from the playoffs (or if they make the Super Bowl, during the week following the conference championship game). McDaniels is rumored to be at the top of the Indianapolis Colts' wish list while Spagnuolo and Studesville are considered long shots.
It seems a pattern has emerged in the flow of information and reports regarding the Lions coaching search.
Shurmur was hired by the Vikings as tight ends coach in 2016 but was promoted to interim offensive coordinator midseason when Norv Turner resigned after a 5-2 start.
Four years ago, when the Lions held their last coaching search, they fired Jim Schwartz on December 30 and didn't name a replacement until more than two weeks later.