Matt Patricia a Done Deal as Next Lions Coach Says Schefter

Matt Patricia has been the apple of the Lions eye when it comes to him being their next head coach, and today Adam Schefter said yet again it’s a done deal, and that Patricia will come aboard the moment that the season ends for New England.

It’s been the plan all along for Patricia to be the new coach, and he’s coming to the Lions even though it appears at one point the Giants were in the mix.

Lions Seem Set on Patriots DC Matt Patricia As Their New Head Coach

The Lions are being patient in their coaching search, and may have to wait till after the Super Bowl to get the guy they want, as Jason LaCanfora today says that it seems obvious that the Lions want Patriots DC Matt Patricia as their head coach, and are willing to wait.

Here’s the report today from CBS Sports about the Lions and Patricia.

With such a slim group of candidates, multiple teams are willing to wait for New England’s season to end before anointing Patriots coordinators as their new head coaches. There is an expectation the Patriots are headed back to the Super Bowl that has to be included in any search involving their coaches, similar to when the Falcons waited for Seahawks defensive coordinator Dan Quinn a few years back. If Detroit hired someone other than Pats defensive coordinator Matt Patricia, people I’m talking to around the league who are involved in many of these coaching searches will be shocked. And New England’s offensive coordinator, Josh McDaniels, is ready to go and it is very likely to come down to the Colts and Bears for him; I’d put my money on Indianapolis with the expectation that Andrew Luck will be a functioning quarterback in 2018.

Lions Chat with Packers’ Associate Head Coach Winston Moss About Head Coaching Spot

The Lions have interviewed Winston Moss for their vacant head coaching position, Kyle Meinke of Mlive reports.

Moss is currently the Packers’ associate head coach and linebackers coach. As such, he’s a bit of an unorthodox candidate for Detroit.

He’s the only candidate connected to the job who isn’t a coordinator, for one. He’s never been a coordinator, for two. And if he’s not hired by the Lions, there are some who think he might actually be fired.

Green Bay has shaken up its defensive staff after finishing 22nd in yards allowed and 26th in points allowed last season. Coordinator Dom Capers, inside linebackers coach Scott McCurley and defensive line coach Mike Trgovac were all fired, along with offensive coordinator Edgar Bennett and quarterbacks coach Alex Van Pelt.

Moss has been spared, for now. And he’s the fourth coach to interview for Detroit’s head job, following Lions defensive coordinator Teryl Austin, Lions offensive coordinator Jim Bob Cooter and Texans defensive coordinator Mike Vrabel.

Lions Chat with OC Jim Bob Cooter About Head Coaching Spot

The Lions today continued their search for a new head coach, and this time it was with one of their own, as they talked with offensive coordinator Jim Bob Cooter.

For now Cooter remains with the franchise, and there’s no doubt the team has been good on offense with him.

Cooter remains under contract as the Lions’ offensive coordinator, a position he’s held since the middle of the 2015 season. He was originally hired to be the quarterbacks coach in 2014, and was promoted after the in-season firing of Joe Lombardi.

Just 31 years old at the time of the promotion, Cooter became the league’s second-youngest playcaller. Second only to Sean McVay, by the way, who seems to be doing OK as a head coach these days. And Cooter got immediate results too, especially with his quarterback.

In 41 games with Cooter, Matthew Stafford has completed 66.3 percent of his passes for 73 touchdowns, 24 interceptions and a QB rating of 98.2. In the 41 games before that, Stafford completed 60.5 percent of his passes for 66 touchdowns, 42 interceptions and a QB rating of 85.3.

Lions to Chat with Vikings OC Pat Shurmer For Head Coaching Job

The Lions are not waiting to go out and get a new coach after Jim Caldwell was let go on Monday.

Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports that the team will chat with one-time Browns head coach Pat Shurmer – he’s currently the OC with the Vikings who are in the postseason as the #2 seed in the NFC.

With one former #Browns  coach – Pat Shurmur – getting an interview with the #Lions, it reminds me of another: Mike Pettine spent the year consulting for the #Seahawks  & learning a new system. He will be a top DC candidate.

Lions Fire Head Coach Jim Caldwell

One year after coming close to winning a division title only to lose in the wild card round to the Seahawks, the Lions have parted ways following a bad season with head coach Jim Caldwell.

The move comes despite Caldwell, 62, having winning seasons in three of his four years. But the Lions missed the playoffs twice in the past three years, including this season, when they went 9-7.

On Sunday, after his team had beaten the Green Bay Packers, 35-11, to complete the organization’s first sweep of Green Bay since 1991, Caldwell, who was 36-28 overall with Detroit, declined to defend his job status. He said he planned on spending New Year’s Eve with his family and going to work Monday morning as normal. Throughout his time on the hot seat over the past three seasons, Caldwell has never truly defended the job he’s done because he said that’s not who he is.

Center Travis Swanson Placed on IR; Career with Lions May Be Over

Travis Swanson may have played his last game with the Lions, Justin Rogers of the Detroit News reports.

The team placed the starting center on injured reserve Friday morning, following a setback earlier in the week during his recovery from a concussion. This marks the second consecutive year his season has been ended by a brain injury.

A third-round draft pick in 2013, Swanson was used mostly as a blocking tight end as a rookie. In his second season, he moved into the starting lineup, replacing longtime starter Dominic Raiola.

Swanson suffered a concussion last season, reporting symptoms after the conclusion of Detroit’s Week 13 win over New Orleans. The injury ended up sidelining him for the final four regular season games, plus the team’s playoff loss in New Orleans.

To fill his roster spot, the Lions signed wide receiver Jace Billingsley off the practice squad.

Lions QB Matthew Stafford Wants to Play in the Teams’ Season Finale

Coach Jim Caldwell says he hasn’t considered resting franchise quarterback Matthew Stafford with the playoffs out of reach, though plenty of people think he should, Kyle Meinke of Mlive reports.

Stafford, though, isn’t nearly as conflicted.

“I’m the quarterback here,” he said. “This is what I work hard for. I work hard for opportunities to go out there and play on Sundays. I don’t care what the situation is. You get your body ready. You get your mind ready to go out there and play. You go out there and play.

“And I think to think otherwise is not real smart.”

“There’s a lot at stake,” he said. “Every time we go out there and play, whatever you put on tape is who you are as a player and who you are as a team. And it’s another opportunity for us to go out there and play and get a win. There’s a chance to have a winning record. There’s a chance to be 5-1 in our division. Some opportunities to go out there and do some things that before the season you wanted to do.”

Stafford heads into the finale with numbers that make him a top 10 quarterback by almost every measure. His 4,123 yards are fourth in the league. With another 204 yards against Green Bay, he’ll have his best season since 2013.