This is a significant development with ramifications across the league and in New England.
According to the Daily News' Pat Leonard, "all signs are pointing" to Big Blue hiring New England Patriots defensive coordinator Matt Patricia.
It's an interesting development for one of the NFL's hottest coaching candidates. Mike Florio of NBC Sports reported on Saturday night that the Patriots are "bracing" for Patricia to leave New England and "most likely" head to Detroit.
In a new "coaching carousel" report at SI.com today, King acknowledges that Patricia may be the Lions' top choice, but the Lions may not be Patricia's top choice.
In those six years heading the defense, Patricia has helped the Patriots win a pair of Super Bowls and make the AFC title game each year.
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".
But also consider this: Belichick holds a strong affinity for the Giants from the glory days and has been active in grooming and advising McDaniels and Patricia in this process, and it could mean a lot to Belichick and to his legacy for Patricia to take over and turn around his former team.
After working as safeties coach in 2011, he was appointed full-time defensive coordinator in 2012. But background work has and can be done to hire head coaches, with an official announcement to come quickly once a candidate is done in a previous job. Many believed he'd be headed to the Lions, but it has since been reported that he favors the Giants over the other two teams.
King adds that Carolina Panthers defensive coordinator Steve Wilks and Minnesota Vikings offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur also remain very much in play.