Players love Carolina defensive coordinator Steve Wilks, who interviewed with the Giants on Tuesday, and he could be the calming guy to fix a divided and mercenary NY team.
Patricia has been with the Patriots since 2004, serving as an offensive assistant, and offensive line coach, linebackers coach, and safeties coach before being named their defensive coordinator in 2012.
On Wednesday, Pat Leonard of the New York Daily News reported "all signs are pointing to" Patricia as the Giants' next head coach. It does, however, indicate a potential stumbling block that wasn't apparent as reports started to swirl suggesting things were heading in the direction of Patricia becoming the Lions next head coach.
Minnesota Vikings offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur, 52, was also reported as a candidate for the Giants' head coaching job following an interview on Saturday.
When I woke up Wednesday morning, I was glued to the reports and rumors still circling from a Tuesday afternoon radio interview which more than hinted that the Giants head coaching position might be enough to extract Nick Saban from the machine he has built at Alabama.
Patricia has worked wonders in the Patriots defense.
And since he moved to defense in 2006, the Patriots have finished top-10 in fewest points allowed in 11 of 12 seasons, including a No. 1 overall ranking and Super Bowl win in 2016.
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?
The former RPI offensive lineman graduated with an aeronautical engineering degree and as Pat Leonard of the Daily News wrote, "A rocket scientist has blasted his way into the lead to be the Giants' next head coach". If Patricia gets the Giants job, that leaves McDaniels with one other head coaching option - the Colts.