It’s obviously way too early to know if the Detroit Lions made the right move by hiring former Patriots defensive coordinator Matt Patricia as their next head coach. But in an environment where fans crave instant analysis and the offseason spans eight months, we tend to fill our time with meaningless predictions.
This week, a slew of SB Nation analysts decided to hand out superlatives for each of the seven NFL head coaching hires this year. Mike Vrabel was named the coach with the “best long-term future.” Jon Gruden was “most likely to lead a quick turnaround.”
Matt Patricia? “The safest hire.”
The title rings of a backhanded compliment, but I completely get it. Matt Patricia was always the leading candidate in Detroit. He’s a guy that Bob Quinn is extremely familiar with, and he’s someone who has been a head coaching candidate for a few years now.


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