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Report: Detroit Lions will not meet with Matt Patricia this week

The Lions will forego the opportunity to meet with their next head coach for a second time.

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The Detroit Lions could meet with their future head coach Matt Patricia this week, but according to the Detroit Free Press, they have chosen not to do so. League rules forbid the Lions from hiring Patricia, since the New England Patriots are still in the playoffs. However, teams are able to interview assistant coaches in the week prior to the Super Bowl.

Because the Lions are forgoing the second interview, it suggests the two sides have worked out several of the issues currently facing the team behind the scenes. One of the bigger issues facing the Lions is their currently dwindling coaching staff.

According to Dave Birkett, Patricia has already begun contacting members of the Lions coaching staff, informing them they will not return. So far, the following members of the 2017 coaching staff will not return in 2018:

  • Head coach Jim Caldwell
  • Defensive coordinator Teryl Austin
  • Defensive line assistant Matt Raich
  • Defensive line coach Kris Kocurek
  • Defensive backs coach (safeties) Alan Williams
  • Linebackers coach Bill Sheridan
  • Offensive line coach Ron Prince
  • Quarterbacks coach Brian Callahan

As of yet, there have been no indications or rumors as to who may be replacing these vacancies, but it certainly seems like Patricia already has a plan in place for many of those positions.

So while the remaining members of the Lions coaching staff—including tight ends coach Al Golden and wide receiver coach Robert Prince—are in Mobile, Alabama to scout players at the Senior Bowl, Patricia will have time to focus his efforts on Super Bowl LII.