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Lions interview Patriots defensive coordinator Matt Patricia

The Lions have completed their sixth interview.

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It’s Day 5 of the Detroit Lions’ head coaching search and the team has now completed its sixth interview. The team announced on Friday night that they have finished their interview with Patriots defensive coordinator Matt Patricia.

Patricia was one of the first names linked to the Lions, and is one of two front-runners (along with Mike Vrabel) according to the Detroit Free Press. Initial reports had the Lions scheduled to interview Patricia sometime this weekend, but it appears that was pushed up in their schedule.

The Lions aren’t the only one courting Patricia for his services. The Giants also interviewed the Patriots defensive coordinator on Friday and the Arizona Cardinals are expected to meet with him on Saturday.

Here’s a look at the six interviews the Lions have completed thus far:

  • Lions OC Jim Bob Cooter
  • Lions DC Teryl Austin
  • Vikings OC Pat Shurmur
  • Texans DC Mike Vrabel
  • Packers associate head coach/linebackers coach Winston Moss
  • Patriots DC Matt Patricia

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