Patriots defensive coordinator Matt Patricia has been linked to a number of NFL head coaching positions that have opened up over the past few years, but it has never worked out, whether it was him or the team electing to go in a different direction. It’s understandable that Patricia would be hesitant to leave New England, as coaching alongside Bill Belichick is a very attractive and advantageous position to be in. However, this could be the year he takes his talents elsewhere. NFL Network’s Michael Silver reports that if Lions head coach Jim Caldwell is fired, Patricia would be considered the leading candidate for the job. Caldwell has spent four seasons in Detroit, and his team has made the playoffs twice, although they failed to get out of the wild-card round both times.