Patricia and the Lions still need to agree to and work out the contract details after the Patriots’ season ends.
Assuming the two sides can do that, Patricia then would become the Lions’ next head coach, reuniting with former Patriots’ personnel man and current Lions’ general manager Bob Quinn.
New England also is expected to lose offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels, who is a finalist for both the Colts and Giants’ head coaching jobs, per sources.
Also, Patriots’ linebackers coach Brian Flores is expected to be a finalist for the Arizona Cardinals head coaching job, according to a league source, meaning New England is expected to lose at least two assistant coaches and potentially even three.
Detroit wants Patricia, and many around the league expect the deal to eventually get done.
But as NFL rules state: “No contract shall be executed, and no agreement to execute a contract, or an announcement of a contract, or of an agreement for employment, shall be permitted until after the conclusion of the employer club’s playing season.”
The Patriots remain alive in the playoffs, having defeated the Titans 35-14 on Saturday night. New England (14-3) will host the winner of Sunday’s divisional matchup between the Jaguars and Steelers next Sunday in the AFC title game.