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Based on what took place Thursday, it appears Matt Patricia is staying in New England 01.13.17 at 10:21 am ET
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It appears Matt Patricia is staying in New England.(David Butler II/USA Today Sports)

It appears Matt Patricia is staying in New England.(David Butler II/USA Today Sports)

Matt Patricia interviewed for two jobs last Saturday — the Rams and the Chargers. And on Thursday, both teams hired head coaches.

The Rams hired 30-year-old Sean McVay, while the Chargers have hired Anthony Lynn, per Adam Schefter.

McVay was the offensive coordinator in Washington, while Lynn was the Bills’ interim head coach after they fired Rex Ryan.

Connecting the dots, now that both jobs Patricia interviewed for have been filled, it seems in all likelihood he will be returning to the Patriots next season.

This was the second year Patricia has interviewed for a head coaching job as he interviewed with the Browns last year.

Meanwhile, the only job left for Josh McDaniels to take is the 49ers gig, but reportedly it is McDaniels’ preferred choice if he choices to leave New England.

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Bill Belichick on D&H praises Patriots coordinators, ‘their choice’ to take potential head coaching job 01.09.17 at 5:42 pm ET
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Bill Belichick praised his coordinators on Monday. (Greg M. Cooper/USA Today Sports)

Bill Belichick praised his coordinators on Monday. (Greg M. Cooper/USA Today Sports)

Patriots coach Bill Belichick joined Dale & Holley with Rich Keefe on Monday to preview Saturday’s divisional round game against the Texans and also to discuss Josh McDaniels and Matt Patricia potentially taking head coaching jobs. To hear the interview, go to the Dale & Holley audio on demand page.

On Saturday, Patricia interviewed the the Rams and Chargers, while McDaniels met with the 49ers, Rams and Jaguars (Jacksonville reportedly has hired Doug Marrone).

Belichick was asked about the two and if he takes pride in having his coaches get head coaching interviews.

“It happened last year, so it’s not a novel thing,” he said. “It is what it is. They have done a good job for me and if an opportunity comes up for them that is right for them, then I hope if they want to move on that way professionally then that’s their choice.”

As for the Texans matchup on Saturday, Belichick said the team got a head start on them since they played on Saturday against the Raiders.

“Just trying to see what is going to happen in the Pittsburgh game,” he said. “We had already started on Houston because they had won Saturday night and just confirming, I mean kind of felt Pittsburgh had the upper-hand there playing at home, but you never know. Once we got to about the middle of the third quarter, we folded up all the Miami stuff and kept going on Houston.”

The Patriots will see a familiar face on the defensive side of the ball in Vince Wilfork, who played for the Patriots from 2004-14. Belichick drafted him in the first round of the 2004 draft and coached him for his entire career in New England, which means he knows he special of a player and person Wilfork is.

“Vince is a really special guy,” he said. “Not only on the field, but off the field, his ability to connect with pretty much everybody — owners, coaches, players, offensive players, defensive players, you name it, [his wife] Biana. The things they did as a family and did with the entire team whether it was the D-linemen or taking the defense over to their house, having cookouts and so forth. Things like that. They were just good team-building things. Good relationship building.

“He was a big player and a good player for us. Had a lot of big plays. Had some huge plays. Sacking [Joe] Flacco on a play in the playoffs, an interception against Oakland to win the game in ’14. Things like that. He’s been a big impact on this organization.”

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Matt Patricia: ‘Very thankful’ for head coaching interviews, but already ‘flipped the page’ to Houston at 12:16 pm ET
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Matt Patricia

Matt Patricia

Patriots defensive coordinator Matt Patricia interviewed for two head coaching jobs over the weekend.

One with the Chargers and the other with the Rams, but the 42-year-old has already moved on and has dedicated his attention to the Texans in the divisional round.

“Obviously over the weekend I was just very thankful for those opportunities. That was a great experience to go through,” Patricia said on a conference call on Monday. “I think everything right now for me is Houston. Flipped the page as soon as I can.”

This was the second straight year Patricia has interviewed for a head coaching job, as last year he interviewed with the Browns. He noted the biggest thing has been learning how other organizations work.

“For me, again, my respect to Houston is where all my attention is,” Patricia said. “I would say in general and any interview process, to me the fascinating part about all that is learning all the different organizations and how they work because they are so different. That is just kind of a general statement about the NFL.

“Sometimes as you kind of just anchor in what we do day in and day out, you never really look at that stuff on a full scale, but they are very fascinating. Very fascinating the NFL in general and the organizations and how they are operated. It’s really cool. Again, Houston is where I am at.”

There is no word on how the interviews went, but in all likelihood Patricia seems destined to return to New England in 2017.

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Devin McCourty gives Matt Patricia a ringing endorsement for his job interviews this weekend 01.04.17 at 1:50 pm ET
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Matt Patricia reportedly will interview with the Chargers and Rams this weekend. (David Butler II/USA Today Sports)

Matt Patricia reportedly will interview with the Chargers and Rams this weekend. (David Butler II/USA Today Sports)

FOXBORO — One thing either the Chargers or 49ers are looking for in their coaching search is someone who can re-energize their languishing programs.

While the Chargers need a spark to re-enter consideration for the 2017 AFC playoff race, the 49ers need a full overhaul just to be competitive after firing their head coach and general manager.

If energy is what either San Diego or San Francisco is looking for, then Devin McCourty thinks they should look at Matt Patricia very closely this weekend.

“I would just say for us he’s been great,” McCourty said. “I don’t know anything about what it will be or how, but I think for us as players getting the opportunity to play under him has been great. Just his energy, his drive to be perfect, to get everything right for us. I think how much he cares about the defense and about the guys in that room I think really gets guys going and you have a great appreciation for what he’s doing and what he’s trying to do.

“I mean the time he spends here, the little things he does for us I think as a defense sticks out. I think that’s the first thing new guys, rookies, young guys, you learn as soon as you play under him, is really how much he cares and how much he wants to get better as a group. I think this year showed that he put a lot into it and it’s worked out well for us as a defense with him at the top leading us. We’ve just got to continue to do the things that we’ve been doing and listen to him.”

The 42-year-old Patricia, who has never held a head coaching job at any level, reportedly has already agreed to talk with the Chargers and 49ers this weekend about their job openings. Patricia has been the defensive coordinator in New England since 2012.

McCourty also gave credit to Patricia – at least indirectly – for helping to keep the defensive unit together and on the same page in the wake of several issues that cropped up over the season, including the trade of Jamie Collins and the benching of Jabaal Sheard.
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Will Josh McDaniels be the next coach of the Rams? Oddsmakers think so at 1:20 pm ET
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Josh McDaniels

Josh McDaniels

FOXBORO — The thought has been Josh McDaniels is the most sought after coach for the six current NFL openings, and the oddsmakers agree.

According to Bovada, McDaniels is the favorite to be the next coach of the Rams, while having the second-best odds for every other opening besides the Chargers. Despite not having interviews with the Bills and Broncos, McDaniels is still the second-favorite to become the next coach of those teams.

Matt Patricia is also in the mix for a few openings, as he will reportedly interview with the Chargers and 49ers this weekend. He has the third-best odds to become the next Chargers coach. He also has the third-best odds to be the next coach of the Bills and Jaguars, despite not currently having interviews with them.

As it relates to the MVP race, Tom Brady’s stock is falling at 15/4 odds. He now has the third-best odds behind Matt Ryan (1/2) and Aaron Rodgers (11/4).

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Matt Patricia head coaching interviews reportedly set for Saturday 01.03.17 at 3:32 pm ET
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Matt Patricia reportedly will interview with the Chargers and Rams this weekend. (David Butler II/USA Today Sports)

Matt Patricia reportedly will interview with the Chargers and Rams this weekend. (David Butler II/USA Today Sports)

On Monday, there were rumors of the Chargers and Rams being interested in Patriots defensive coordinator Matt Patricia.

A day later, it appears there’s interest on Patricia’s end, at least to interview.

According to NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport, Patricia will interview with both the Chargers and Rams on Saturday. This will be the second year Patricia has interviewed for a head coaching gig, as last year he met with the Browns. Rapoport noted he was impressive.

As it stands now, the Rams have a strong defense. They were ninth this season when it comes to total defense and have a young quarterback in rookie Jared Goff. Overall, the Rams have a talented roster so it’s not a bad gig. Given the number of coaches the Rams seem to be interested in, it’s unclear how good of a shot Patricia would have.

San Diego may be the best job available of the six current openings. It has a strong offense led by Phillip Rivers, who is signed through 2020, and an up-and-coming defense, which is better than it gets credit for. Many suspect the head coach the Chargers hire will be offensive-minded, but maybe they are looking for someone on defense who can take their team to the next level.

It’s also worth noting if Patricia’s interviews are set for Saturday, then if Josh McDaniels interviews for any teams, those would be on Saturday, too.

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Adam Schefter on K&C: ‘There’s a real chance’ Patriots will lose Josh McDaniels or Matt Patricia at 10:16 am ET
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Adam Schefter

ESPN NFL insider Adam Schefter joined Kirk and Callahan Tuesday morning to discuss Josh McDaniels, Matt Patricia and Nick Caserio potentially leaving New England, among other things. To hear the interview, visit the K&C audio on demand page.

It’s been reported the Rams, Jaguars and 49ers have reached out to McDaniels, while the Rams and Chargers have reached out to Patricia. Schefter believes based on the interest, there’s a “real chance” one of the two departs New England.

“Well, look, it’s very clear that they are all in play,” Schefter said. “We’re 24 hours really into this coaching search process and it’s just too early to say where anybody is going. I think based on the interest in both coordinators, again, I think the one thing that we would sense, believe, I am not tell you it’s happening, it sounds like there’s a real chance they are going to lose at least one of them. I don’t know which one — maybe they lose one, maybe they lose both. Again, based on the interest, San Diego has put in for Patricia, the Rams have put for Patricia. The 49ers and the Jaguars have put him for Josh, and the Rams.”

Added Schefter: “By the way, we’re not done with head coaching news yet either. We have six teams that are already have changed and we’re not done. There is going to be more and there is going to be more teams calling and the more teams that there are looking for head coaches, the greater the chance that the Patriots will lose at least one. Like I said on Sunday, we’ve had at least seven head coaching changes since 2011. We’ve averaged 6.8 since the turn of the century in 2000. The chances are, the over/under is seven and I am betting the over this year. I am telling you right now.”

With the Patriots having a first-round bye, their coordinators will be interviewed this weekend per NFL rules. After this weekend, and until the Patriots are eliminated from the postseason, they are not permitted to interview again.

Schefter detailed what the process will be like.

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