Two front-runners emerge in the head coaching search for the Lions



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The Lions apparently have two favorites in mind when it comes to their next head coach. Ironically enough they’re both guys who the team has yet to interview and have a connection to the New England Patriots.


According to Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free PressPatriots DC Matt Patricia and Houston Texans DC Mike Vrabel are considered the front-runners to take over for Caldwell who was fired Monday.

Austin met with Quinn and Lions president Rod Wood as part of an interview process that’s expected to include at least five other candidates and will stretch into next week and possibly beyond.

Defensive coordinators Matt Patricia of the New England Patriots and Mike Vrabel of the Houston Texans are considered the favorites for the job, while Austin, 52, is a long shot.

Patricia’s name at the top of the heap isn’t surprising.

Since Caldwell’s firing yesterday Patricia’s name has been garnering the most traction and in some cases been has been thrown around when it seemed certain that the Lions would looking for a new head coach come the end of the regular season.

There’s also been some surprise when it comes to Vrabel’s name however my apparent snide remark that it was “shocking” his name would also appear at the top of Bob Quinn’s list shouldn’t be taken as such. He’s a defensive guy and has a connection to Quinn and the Patriots which is why his mention isn’t surprising in the least.

As far as interviews go, the Lions have already interviewed Teryl Austin and Jim Bob Cooter with Vrabel’s interview coming tomorrow. For Patricia, Birkett says the Lions will likely sit down with him this weekend with Steve Wilk’s interview probably coming next week.

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