The move to Detroit is interesting considering last week Peter King reported the Lions have interest in Patricia, but Patricia "favors" the New York Giants head coaching job and Pat Leonard of the New York Daily News said, "all signs" point to Patricia being the Giants' next head coach.
Assuming the two sides can do that, Patricia would be reunited with former Patriots personnel man and current Lions general manager Bob Quinn.
The New York Giants have completed their first round of interviews of candidates to succeed Ben McAdoo as head coach. Things have apparently changed.
Saints WR Coleman ruled out for game against Vikings
For Hodges, who was traded to San Francisco in the middle of the 2015 season, the departure from Minnesota hurt for a while. Coleman's absence will likely cause Sean Payton to eliminate some plays from the playbook for the game this Sunday.
Even when Quinn was hired by the Lions in January 2016, he indicated that he believed both Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels and Patricia were ready to be head coaches then.
Patricia, 43, joined the Patriots staff in 2004. That group includes the team's offensive coordinator Jim Bob Cooter, Houston Texans defensive coordinator Mike Vrabel and Packers linebackers and assistant head coach Winston Moss. Doubt was furthered by unsubstantiated reports out of NY that the Giants may be zeroing in on Patricia as their top choice.
Quinn and Patricia come from the same National Football League lineage - both working their way up from low-level staffers in New England to become two of Bill Belichick's most trusted advisers at the time when they made their decisions to leave.
Shurmer was 9-23 in 2011 and 2012 with the Cleveland Browns and, also won the final game of the 2015 season for the Philadelphia Eagles after Chip Kelly was sacked with one game remaining. The Lions finished 9-7 in 2017, missing the playoffs.