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Patricia the Big Favorite to Become the Next Detroit Lions Head Coach

Immediately after the 2017 NFL regular season ended, Jim Caldwell found himself looking for a new job, and the Detroit Lions were in the market for a new coach. According to one sportsbook, the front-runner to replace Caldwell is clear.

At Bovada, current New England Patriots defensive coordinator Matt Patricia is the +115 favorite to become the new bench boss in the Motor City. Mike Vrabel (+500), Josh McDaniels (+1000), Teryl Austin (+1000), Matt Nagy (+1000), Jim Harbaugh (+1000), John DeFilippo (+1000), Steve Wilks (+1000), Todd Haley (+1600), Pat Shurmur (+1600) and Dave Toub (+1600) are also available to bet on.

Patricia has been widely regarded as one of the best coordinators in the NFL for quite some time, and many pundits across the league figured a head coaching offer would be thrown his way sooner rather than later. Patricia’s odds have lowered significantly since the book opened the prop on January 2, considering he initially had a +400 chance to become Detroit’s new coach.

Vrabel and McDaniels are appealing choices who will no doubt get plenty of interviews elsewhere, while Austin and Nagy could provide some excellent value at their current price of +1000 each. Lions fans may think the in-state connection to University of Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh gives them the edge to lure the ex-San Francisco 49er, but I don’t think he’s going to leave his cushy situation in Ann Arbor any time soon.

Unlike many teams in the NFL, the Lions already have a franchise quarterback in Matthew Stafford. The team is coming off back-to-back winning seasons at 9-7 SU, but the front office has made it clear that’s not good enough. It’s going to be interesting to see which man gets the nod in Detroit, so head over to Bovada to get your bets in now.

Who will be the next coach of the Detroit Lions?

Odds as of January 4 at Bovada

  • Matt Patricia +115
  • Mike Vrabel +500
  • Josh McDaniels +1000
  • Teryl Austin +1000
  • Matt Nagy +1000
  • Jim Harbaugh +1000
  • John DeFilippo +1000
  • Steve Wilks +1000
  • Todd Haley +1600
  • Pat Shurmur +1600
  • Dave Toub +1600

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