ALLEN PARK, Mich. – Detroit Lions general manager Bob Quinn has a decision to make on his current head coach, Jim Caldwell, but he feels confident there are two coordinators in New England who are ready to make the jump somewhere in the NFL.
Both Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels and defensive coordinator Matt Patricia have been mentioned for potential head coaching jobs across the NFL this hiring cycle, although neither one has been hired for a job yet and only Patricia has interviewed.
“I think they are both ready and willing to be head coaches,” said Quinn, who came to Detroit after serving as direcor of pro scouting in New England. He says he has great relationships with both McDaniels and Patricia.
Patricia interviewed with Cleveland for its head coaching vacancy over the weekend. McDaniels has not interviewed for any jobs yet this offseason, but he is one of the hotter coordinator candidates out there.
McDaniels was Denver's head coach for two seasons, going 11-17 in 2009 and 2010. Patricia has worked his way up through the Patriots organization and has been defensive coordinator since 2012.
Both Patricia and McDaniels declined comments to reporters about potential job openings to New England reporters on Monday, saying they are focused on this weekend’s divisional round playoff game against the Kansas City Chiefs.
As of now the Lions are not in the market for a coach, as Jim Caldwell remains with the franchise although Quinn has yet to make a decision about Caldwell’s future.