The next round of the playoffs will get underway on Saturday, and for Detroit Lions fans, there are actually stakes in the results.
While the team continues to hold in their coaching search—they haven’t interviewed a candidate now in over a week, a clear sign they want Patriots defensive coordinator Matt Patricia (or Vikings offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur)—all they can do is wait for those candidates to become available.
The Patriots and Vikings remain in the playoffs, and therefore their coordinators remain untouchable. As time rolls along, the Lions have to be getting more anxious that their backup plans—for example, Mike Vrabel, who is supposedly a finalist for the Colts job—could potentially disappear.


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