FOXBORO — Whenever the season officially ends, Matt Patricia is going to have an interesting decision to make. If recent stories are to be believed, the Patriots defensive coordinator will be choosing between two head coaching positions. Both the Lions and Giants reportedly want him.
That’s not the worst predicament for Patricia to have on the way to his first head coaching gig. Now for the million dollar question: Of the two NFC teams, which one should he choose? Which is the best situation for him going forward?
On one hand, he has a good relationship with Lions general manager Bob Quinn, having worked with him in New England. So there’s familiarity and a comfort level. Quinn has essentially been imparting the Patriot Way in Detroit the past two years.
Patricia would also be set at quarterback with Matthew Stafford. Those are two very important boxes to have checked off.
On the flip side, it’s hard to know what, if any, relationship he has with Dave Gettleman, the recently named Giants GM. Maybe Patricia is comfortable with Gettleman, but it’s hard imagining the same type of bond he has with Quinn. As for the quarterback, that’s not exactly set. Eli Manning is nearing the end of his career. It’s possible he’s played his last game as a Giant. The team has the No. 2 pick in the draft, so the likelihood is the future quarterback will land in that spot, or somewhere in the draft. Manning might be kept to mentor the future quarterback. So those boxes may or may not be checked off for Patricia.
At this point, you might be thinking the Lions are a slam dunk given the certainty just with the general manager and quarterback. That would make Detroit an easy choice for Patricia.
But nothing is that simple.
Because, when you examine it further, and weigh out more factors in his decision, the pendulum flips more toward the Giants.
Patricia was born and raised in New York. He grew up in Sherrill and attended college at RPI, in Troy. It would be like going home to coach the Giants.
Patriots coach Bill Belichick would undoubtedly give his blessing to both teams, but everyone knows he holds a special place in his heart for the Giants and the Mara family. He won his first two Super Bowls as an assistant coach under Bill Parcells. He always speaks with such reverence about his time with the Giants.
Looking at the two teams historically, the difference between the Giants and Lions is night and day.
The Lions have one playoff win since 1957, while the…