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It would also be a smart hire for the Giants.Despite reports that New England Patriots defensive coordinator, Matt Patricia, was nearly a sure-bet to end up the Detroit Lions head coach, reports have emerged that Patricia actually favors the Giants opening.

Patricia and NY make sense as a match with the Giants being a defensive team that has lost their way. And while Patricia doesn't have the National Football League head coaching experience that Mara prefers, he does satisfy the Giants' baseline requirement of significant time spent as a coordinator, in year six now running the Patriots' perennially respectable defense.

Although the Giants and Patricia cannot make any type of formal agreement until the Patriots' season is over, the spot can essentially be held for him, like the Falcons did for Dan Quinn and more recently the 49ers did for Kyle Shanahan.

Minnesota Vikings offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur, 52, was also reported as a candidate for the Giants' head coaching job following an interview on Saturday. Which coach could be a logical Plan B if Patricia is the favorite? 3.

The Patriots defense has ranked among the NFL's top 10 in points allowed in all six of Patricia's seasons despite constant question marks surrounding their secondary. In 2005, he became assistant offensive line coach before he moved to coaching linebackers from 2006 to 2010. The fact that the defense did this without Dont'a Hightower and an inexperienced front seven also speaks to the job Patricia did.

Have the Giants already made their decision on a new head coach?

This is a significant development with ramifications across the league and in New England.

They have to have a plan in place in case the waiting game doesn't net the candidate they want, so which coach could be a Plan B for the Lions? If Patricia gets the Giants job, that leaves McDaniels with one other head coaching option - the Colts.