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The New England Patriots could see two of their top assistants leave for head coaching jobs this offseason, and defensive coordinator Matt Patricia might already have a foot outside the door. According to Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk, the Patriots are “bracing” for Patricia to leave, most likely to become the next head coach of the Detroit Lions.

“Regarded as brilliant in all matters, Patricia also is believed to be more than ready to take over a team of his own,” Florio writes. “He has, we’re told, a very good relationship with Lions G.M. Bob Quinn, who previously worked for the Patriots.”

One wonders if Patricia ends up coaching the Lions, would Jim Bob Cooter remain on as the offensive coordinator? We know he already interviewed to be the team’s head coach. Also, Matthew Stafford loves having Cooter around and has flourished ever since he took over a couple years ago.

Whatever happens, Detroit would obviously have to wait until New England’s season ends to hire Patricia in an official capacity, much like the 49ers did last year with Kyle Shanahan, then the offensive coordinator of the Atlanta Falcons.

Other teams are interested in Patricia as well, including the New York Giants, who interviewed him on Friday. So it’s going to be interesting to see how this all shakes out, especially in light of recent reports that the Patriots are suddenly falling apart at the seams.

This article first appeared on Sportsnaut and was syndicated with permission.

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QUIZ: Name every head coach in the history of the Detroit Lions

Dating back to their founding in 1930 as the Portsmouth Spartans before relocating in 1934, the Detroit Lions have had 26 coaches in NFL franchise history. This list includes two Hall of Fame coaches and one who returned for a second stint. Unfortunately, the team has never won the Super Bowl and has not won a playoff game since 1991. How many of the leaders of the Lions can you name?

Clue: Years Active

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1930
Hal Griffin
1931–1936
George "Potsy" Clark
1937–1938
Earl "Dutch" Clark
1939
Gus Henderson
1940
George "Potsy" Clark
1941–1942
Bill Edwards
1942
John Karcis
1943–1947
Gus Dorais
1948–1950
Bo McMillin
1951–1956
Buddy Parker
1957–1964
George Wilson
1965–1966
Harry Gilmer
1967–1972
Joe Schmidt
1973
Don McCafferty
1974–1976
Rick Forzano
1976–1977
Tommy Hudspeth
1978–1984
Monte Clark
1985–1988
Darryl Rogers
1988–1996
Wayne Fontes
1997–2000
Bobby Ross
2000
Gary Moeller
2001–2002
Marty Mornhinweg
2003–2005
Steve Mariucci
2005
Dick Jauron
2006–2008
Rod Marinelli
2009–2013
Jim Schwartz
2014–
Jim Caldwell
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