Reports: Signs point to Matt Patricia as Giants coach

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Patriots defensive coordinator Matt Patricia had head coaching interviews with three teams last week and it continues to look like he will be moving on to one of them when New England is done playing this season.

Word on his destination has shifted, however. The Lions were linked with Patricia early in the process, but a pair of reports on Wednesday point in a different direction.

Peter King of TheMMQB.com reports that the Lions like Patricia, but that Patricia “favors” the Giants job. Pat Leonard of the New York Daily News reports that “all signs” point to Patricia, who also interviewed with the Cardinals, being the Giants’ choice as well.

Nothing is a done deal at this point and, as mentioned, nothing can become official until the Patriots are done playing. The Giants are also still conducting interviews, so Mini Ben McAdoo can hold off on investing in a fake beard unless Patricia to the Giants becomes the kind of open secret that Kyle Shanahan to the 49ers became during the Falcons’ Super Bowl run last season.

97 responses to “Reports: Signs point to Matt Patricia as Giants coach

  1. This might be the first article on Patricia I’ve read that didn’t use the term “rocket scientist.” How is anyone supposed to remember how smart he is if we’re not constantly reminded of it every second of the day?

    Half of NFL fans couldn’t tell you where Aaron Rodgers went to college, but you’d better believe 100% know Ryan Fitzpatrick’s alma mater thanks to the bizarre quirks of reporters.

  2. We need to develop a new QB, rather have a HC who has coached offence. Look at what former defensive coordinator Jeff Fisher got out of Goff.

  3. Think Giants might be more appealing because they don’t have the QB and the giant mountain of money tied up in one, like Detroit. Detroit is what they are, because of that. Certainly room to improve RBs, D, WRs.

  4. If history proves to be right I’d think twice about hiring any Patriots coordinator or assistant as a head coach and I’m a Pats fan. Charlie Weis, Romeo Crennel, Eric Mangini, Josh McDaniel…etc…etc. Their Front office people seem to have done well when they have moved on but Bellichick is the straw that stirs the drink in New England when it come to the coaches. The assistants are just the Ice Cubes

  5. Lions doing Lion things.

    I had a feeling this would happen, you keep waiting to ask the pretty girl to the prom and eventually someone else is dancing with her.

  6. I wonder if he’ll finally lose that stupid backwards baseball hat. Trying dressing like a professional man.

  7. Interesting, one would think the Giants would be leaning towards a HC with more of an offensive minded background. Detroit with a franchise QB in his prime and a more solid roster would seem the more likely fit and softer landing spot for a 1st time head coach.

  8. This is defiantly fake news. I know staff in the front office of the lions and he is already agreed, but they can’t announce anything until after the playoffs road ends for New England next week against the steelers

  9. Why is Patricia a clown? He has led a Top-10 scoring defense in all 6 of his season in New England with sub-par personnel. Giants hired Ben freaking Mcadoo as their last coach…

  10. Matt Patricia is not a clown, but he did wear a t-shirt with the face of a clown when he arrived back in Foxboro after the Superbowl.

  11. The longer the NYG hold off from making any announcement ( last shceduled interview is today I believe) the more it appears they have reached a handshake agreement with someone who they interviewed who is barred from making any announcement.

  12. someone better tell Landon(I don’t want a strict coach) Collins “The Patriot way” is coming.

  13. Abram Nunes says:
    January 10, 2018 at 10:45 am
    Why is Patricia a clown? He has led a Top-10 scoring defense in all 6 of his season in New England with sub-par personnel. Giants hired Ben freaking Mcadoo as their last coach…
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    He’s a clown because he dresses like a clown and besides everyone knows Belichick has the final say on defense.

  14. Why in hell would Patricia pick the giants over the lions? Eli isn’t the giants main problem but he isn’t and never will be what he was, the giants need to a full rebuild before they are competitive and Eli doesn’t have that much time left.

    You need to completely gut that team and get rid of all all that overpriced and overrated “talent” and bad “apples” (Apple? nutcase Beckham? 8 finger Paul? Landon “I would rather be having fun than winning” Collins?) and start from square one before they are competitive and no HC is going to be given enough time for that.

    The biggest red flag Patricia may have is that he would actually chose to coach the giants if he had other options.

  15. But but but…Landon Collins did not want Bill B, he was too tough. Since Matt P is a BB clone that may not be to his liking.

    Realistically…as a Pats fan I hate to see him go but he if the responses by players such ad Rob N. mean anything the Giant players will love the guy. Very knowledgeable, did a ton with some marginal players on defense. The tough part is getting the culture to change in that locker room, between Apple and OBJ he will have his work cut out for him, Gettleman has already begun the house cleaning but some remaining players may need to be culled from the herd too.

  16. It wouldn’t surprise me. Until recently Detroit is where good coaches went to die. Last time around Wisenhunt dodged us and we ended up with the runner up, now it looks like it will happen again. Nothing attractive about Detroit, perennial mediocre team with mediocre owners who strive for mediocrity. Nobody in the NFL has it worse than Lions fans….again

  17. I thought Belichick was going there?

    You lost me at thought.

    People on here expecting him to be Belichek 2.0 are fools. While Belichek is a good coach Brady has made him out to be better than he is. Eli is not Brady great…..sorry ladies nobody Cheats like Bill.

  18. He was an offensive & defensive coordinator in his career so he understands both sides of the ball. He is also probably the most intelligent coach in the league

  19. I’ll believe it when he signs on the dotted line. Why turn down a much better opportunity for success in Detroit, with a top 10 (maybe even top 5) QB, a great WR corp, and good young talent on D. Improve our OL and get a running game going, and Detroit has many years of success coming, unlike the quagmire in NY. Not to mention having to deal with the NY media.

    Detroit is an AWESOME sports town. We’ve had a great deal of success with the Tigers, Pistons, Red Wings and Wolverines. Whoever brings success and possibly even championships to the Lions will be a hero until the end of time!

    #OnePride

  20. His reputation simply comes from being with Belichick for so long. Has his defenses really ever been top tier defenses? This year they aren’t. Their defense is below average this year.

  21. kfoyo808 says:
    January 10, 2018 at 10:34 am
    Think Giants might be more appealing because they don’t have the QB and the giant mountain of money tied up in one, like Detroit. Detroit is what they are, because of that. Certainly room to improve RBs, D, WRs.
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    The Lions are in great shape with their best players in Slay, Marvin Jones, Tate, & Stafford locked up…it’s a young team with many talented young players (Jamal Agnew, All-Pro as a Rookie) rookie contracts and $40m in projected cap space. Playoffs in 2 of the 3 last years, 3 winning records in the last 4 years. Stafford with an awesome receiving corps. Yeah, I’m more infored and biased to my Lions but I don’t see a better opportunity in NY. Eli’s what?…37/38 years old? Stafford’s 29 with 8 years of starting NFL experience. Not bad…

  22. Regardless of how the other belichick coordinators have turned out Patricia is at the point where he deserves a chance.

    If he becomes the giants HC he cant be worse than Mcadoo.

    If he becomes the lions HC he cant be any worse than Schwartz or Caldwell.

  23. @kfoyo808 says:
    January 10, 2018 at 10:34 am
    Think Giants might be more appealing because they don’t have the QB and the giant mountain of money tied up in one, like Detroit. Detroit is what they are, because of that. Certainly room to improve RBs, D, WRs.

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    Detroit ($50m) currently has twice to amount of cap space as the Giants ($24m). With a top 10 QB signed for the future, strong at WR. Just need to sure up the offensive line (LG would do it) and get a young RB in the draft. The defense just needs a pass rush. With more money and less needs and less pressure from the media I would go to Detroit.

  24. Praying that Mara is playing some 3D chess while everyone else is playing checkers. The play is to feign interest in Patricia. Force the Lions to jump. Reduce the openings by one. Force McDaniels to choose between Giants, Colts or waiting to see what Bill does after the season. Wait until the Pats season ends. Have choice of Bill or McDaniels. If Bill pulls a Bill, get him without thinking twice. If Kraft won’t have it and forces Bill into retirement, Josh is a nice consolation prize. Need to be a savvy, cutthroat owner for once. Take a page from Grandpa Tim’s book.

  25. Wait, I’m confused. All of the giddy idiots that call themselves sports journalists were pretty convinced that Belichick was the next coach of the Giants… Strange

  26. The Big question is will he shave for the introduction press conference. Giants fans won’t even recognize him if he does shave the beard. I say yes he will.

  27. boknowsvt says:
    January 10, 2018 at 10:37 am
    I wonder if he’ll finally lose that stupid backwards baseball hat. Trying dressing like a professional man.
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    I guess that’s not as ‘professional’ acting as men who are performing the moronic gyrations during the touchdown (actually, it’s become after ANY positive play)celebrations we get to see.

  28. Nofoolnodrool says:
    January 10, 2018 at 11:07 am
    You lost me at thought.
    People on here expecting him to be Belichek 2.0 are fools. While Belichek is a good coach Brady has made him out to be better than he is. Eli is not Brady great…..sorry ladies nobody Cheats like Bill.
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    Seriously you need a new gig… Brady made Belichick, Belichick made Brady, System made Brady, Brady made the system, Brady cheats, Bill cheats, Patricia sucks, on an on. Like him or not and according to his peers Belichick is a great coach.

  29. Sure hope he brings all that lovely recording equipment they use in NE. Has any of Belicheats assistants had any success as a coach for another team? Do you really think that is a coincidence? C’mon!

  30. I know Patricia is a genius (rocket scientist) but that doesn’t make him any better or worse of a coach. I’m hoping for Steve Wilks as the new HC of the NYG.

  31. steeler fans have been mesmerized by the genius machinations of MTomlin. How could anyone ever top that clown show?

  32. marcuswelby70 says:
    January 10, 2018 at 10:30 am
    Good luck Matt, hope it works out for you. However, beware of the cesspool known as the New York media!

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    He knows all about cesspool media, he’s been in New England a long time

  33. justintuckrule says:
    January 10, 2018 at 11:30 am

    Praying that Mara is playing some 3D chess while everyone else is playing checkers.
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    He isn’t.

  34. NO one said Belichick was going to be coaching the Giants. This is the problem with media and the headlines.Most people will just read what they want and not read the whole story. I don’t like ESPN like the next man but c’mon. This is how fake news spread…people see a headline and press SHARE without actually reading the article themselves.

  35. As a NE fan, I am a bit spoiled; enjoy a real stable genius in charge vs a degenerate buffoon who wears his read hat ‘like a professional’ as one poster would have it.

    I don’t want to lose Patricia, nor McDaniels. “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”

    But, these guys have ability and he has earned his shot at coaching at the next level.

    Best of luck to Matt, wherever he ends up. It’s been a pleasure seeing your intelligence and professionalism at work, year in, year out.

  36. justintuckrule says:
    January 10, 2018 at 11:30 am
    ….. Wait until the Pats season ends. Have choice of Bill or McDaniels. If Bill pulls a Bill, get him without thinking twice. If Kraft won’t have it…
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    Serious question to any Giants fan. What, if anything, would you be comfortable with the Giants giving up in draft picks for the rights to sign as HC/GM the 66-year old Bill Belichick?

  37. bassplucker says:
    January 10, 2018 at 10:31 am

    Whew. Did not want him coaching the Lions.

    – Bears fan

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    Why not? The Lions had Teryl Austin and Jim Schwartz as their coaches with pretty solid personnel and they still suck. The Bears defense is currently better than the Lions defense!

  38. So are the pats still running a 3-4? Would the giants be making the switch from a 4-3 to a 3-4? Just wondering.

  39. Rdog says:
    January 10, 2018 at 11:16 am
    His reputation simply comes from being with Belichick for so long. Has his defenses really ever been top tier defenses? This year they aren’t. Their defense is below average this year.

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    #1 Defense in points allowed for the final 13 weeks of the season. Yeah….they stink

  40. obsession55 says:
    January 10, 2018 at 12:02 pm
    marcuswelby70 says:
    January 10, 2018 at 10:30 am
    Good luck Matt, hope it works out for you. However, beware of the cesspool known as the New York media!
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    He knows all about cesspool media, he’s been in New England a long time
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    LOL and a valid point about too much of at least the Boston area sports media; I do not know if it holds true for all of New England.

  41. I wish him the best of luck and hope he succeeds but how much was he really responsible for? He’s a product of Belichik. You would think he would do well but how much did he really do? Belichik controlled everything. Some are just better coordinators. Just ask Josh McDaniels

  42. whywerule – Just about anything that doesn’t involve our #1 this year. If BB says he wants OBJ gone, well then…he’s yours. If BB says he wants to keep OBJ, I’d go this year’s 2nd (34th overall), 2019 1st and 4th, 2020 2nd and 5th. Can’t do three firsts like what has been reported. Practically, Bill would veto something like that because you’d hamstring him before he even put the NYG hoodie on.

    Yes. He’s 66. But he’s the type that’s gonna croak on the sideline. His kids are set up. He still loves his job. There’s been no inkling of him retiring. He’ll be on the sidelines for 5-7 years then move upstairs to play the Coughlin/Jags role of VP in Charge.

  43. For as great as the hoodie is doesn’t haven’t a coaching tree because everyone has sucked after leaving NE. Hopefully this guy works out well ( I hoped Buffalo hired him last year) because he’s got a sick beard…

  44. theyearofthecat1 says:
    January 10, 2018 at 11:16 am
    I’ll believe it when he signs on the dotted line. Why turn down a much better opportunity for success in Detroit, with a top 10 (maybe even top 5) QB, a great WR corp, and good young talent on D. Improve our OL and get a running game going, and Detroit has many years of success coming, unlike the quagmire in NY. Not to mention having to deal with the NY media.

    Detroit is an AWESOME sports town. We’ve had a great deal of success with the Tigers, Pistons, Red Wings and Wolverines. Whoever brings success and possibly even championships to the Lions will be a hero until the end of time!

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    Detroit??? It’s not an anything town unless you like crumbling infrastructure and run down shanties. Dumpster fire city and dumpster fire team! The Lions are in serious decline.

    #OnePride = One playoff win in sixty years.

    LoLions!!

  45. Rdog says:
    January 10, 2018 at 11:16 am
    His reputation simply comes from being with Belichick for so long. Has his defenses really ever been top tier defenses? This year they aren’t. Their defense is below average this year
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    Don’t just read ESPN headlines from weeks 1-4. There were 12 more games to improve on defense and get in sync with their new faces, schemes, plug n’ play from injuries, etc….given where they rank now as the historical; not just bad start, is pretty amazing actually.

  46. Owner: “Matt, we’d love to hire you! Just one thing.. We need you to change your last name! It’s terrible!”

  47. bassplucker says:
    January 10, 2018 at 10:31 am
    Whew. Did not want him coaching the Lions.

    – Bears fan

    Yes you did, although it wouldn’t matter who coached whom playing the Bears. 29th ranked defense in the league (overall, don’t give me points) and played like 3 winning teams all season, beating two. That isn’t a HC resume.

  48. xxsweepthelegxx says:
    January 10, 2018 at 12:27 pm
    Rdog says:
    January 10, 2018 at 11:16 am
    His reputation simply comes from being with Belichick for so long. Has his defenses really ever been top tier defenses? This year they aren’t. Their defense is below average this year
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    Don’t just read ESPN headlines from weeks 1-4. There were 12 more games to improve on defense and get in sync with their new faces, schemes, plug n’ play from injuries, etc….given where they rank now as the historical; not just bad start, is pretty amazing actually.

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    29 out of 32. Yes that is wondrously amazing.

  49. bkinacti0n says:
    January 10, 2018 at 11:00 am
    Abram Nunes says:
    January 10, 2018 at 10:45 am
    Why is Patricia a clown? He has led a Top-10 scoring defense in all 6 of his season in New England with sub-par personnel. Giants hired Ben freaking Mcadoo as their last coach…
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    He’s a clown because he dresses like a clown and besides everyone knows Belichick has the final say on defense.
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    I guess lets just forget that he has been Belichick’s right hand man on that defense for years on top of being on the Pats coaching staff working under Belichick for 13 years???….since Bill has “the final say” this guy must be worthless. That is some seriously flawed logic. Patricia is welcome on my teams staff any day. #HTTR

  50. Looks like he will be right at home chowing down in Candlewyck Diner on game day with the rest of the Big Blue Crew. (Or any diner in north Jersey for that matter).
    He could also be the guy who give Apple a kick in the pants to start acting and playing like a professional. Also, how he and Gettlemen handle the looming qb transition, Beckhams’ contract. Should bear watching, and yes he has experience dealing with the Boston mediots, so the tri state mediots shouldn’t be too tall an order for him.

  51. 49 142 Rate This
    bigsimpfan says:
    January 10, 2018 at 10:39 am
    But I thought everyone was saying Belichick was going to be the head coach of the Giants.

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    IKR? But now that dig at the Patriots lost its legs they are trying this one. Except its really not a dig on the Patriots, its already a long since given they are losing Patricia. Its a dig on the Lions who was the team “all signs pointed to” getting him. In fact now that “all signs point to” him going to the Giants the signs that point to him going to the lions I must not be reading properly. Its very confusing when they use “all signs point” more than once citing different directions. Hmmmm, wouldnt it be a hoot if he stayed in NE? Im nit expecting that but it would be funny just the same given all thats been said.

    As far as those criticising the Lions for sleeping on him, no team can make him an offer until the Patriots get eliminated.

  52. justintuckrule says:
    January 10, 2018 at 12:22 pm
    ……
    Yes. He’s 66. But he’s the type that’s gonna croak on the sideline. His kids are set up. He still loves his job. There’s been no inkling of him retiring….
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    BB has said more than once that he does not want to be Marv Levy which leads one to believe that he wants to retire before he hits 70 but we will see. If BB does want to end his career torturing the New York media as a change of pace from torturing the New England media, I would actually be happy with the draft pick deal you outlined but, unfortunately, I have no say.

  53. murphyslaw40 says:
    January 10, 2018 at 10:36 am
    Lions doing Lion things.

    I had a feeling this would happen, you keep waiting to ask the pretty girl to the prom and eventually someone else is dancing with her.
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    Might be the first and only time anyone will ever compare Matt Patricia to a pretty girl at the prom.

  54. If he gores to Detroit, he can coach football.

    If he goes to the Giants, they’ll write 243,000 columns about his hair.

  55. tcostant says:
    January 10, 2018 at 10:34 am
    We need to develop a new QB, rather have a HC who has coached offence. Look at what former defensive coordinator Jeff Fisher got out of Goff.
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    He coached offense with the Pats before he moved onto defense. From Wikipedia: “Patricia joined the Patriots under head coach Bill Belichick as an offensive coaching assistant in 2004. In 2005, upon the departure of assistant offensive line/tight ends coach Jeff Davidson, Patricia was reassigned as the Patriots’ assistant offensive line coach.”

  56. Hmmm… 3 interviews last week… but we have a playoff game to prepare for. If they really want you they’ll wait. Do your job!

  57. pats defense is like 29th in the league, whats the big deal about this guy? maybe they should hire Dom Capers as their head coach

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    Patricia, historically, has gotten more from his players than the talent level would suggest. Hes a rare kind of coach whose units get better as the season goes on and who personally seems to elevate the rosters he works with. The question is, is this Patricias doing or is it the BB effect carrying through. All we know is that BB has trusted him enough to be his right hand man on defense for 6 years, the play caller on defense for 9, and to be an assistant for the Pats since 2003.

    Honestly, as a Bills fan, hes the Patriots assistant that has scared me the most about going on to be a HC in the AFC. Hes a quiet smart guy. Like a younger Belichick. Personally, im glad hes going to the NFC from the sounds of it

  58. dudermcrbohan says:

    January 10, 2018 at 2:51 pm

    pats defense is like 29th in the league, whats the big deal about this guy? maybe they should hire Dom Capers as their head coach——————–
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    Patriots are fifth in scoring defense with 296 against one behind the eagles

  59. jeffreyshulenburg says:
    January 10, 2018 at 3:37 pm
    pats defense is like 29th in the league, whats the big deal about this guy? maybe they should hire Dom Capers as their head coach

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    Patricia, historically, has gotten more from his players than the talent level would suggest. Hes a rare kind of coach whose units get better as the season goes on and who personally seems to elevate the rosters he works with. The question is, is this Patricias doing or is it the BB effect carrying through. All we know is that BB has trusted him enough to be his right hand man on defense for 6 years, the play caller on defense for 9, and to be an assistant for the Pats since 2003.

    Honestly, as a Bills fan, hes the Patriots assistant that has scared me the most about going on to be a HC in the AFC. Hes a quiet smart guy. Like a younger Belichick. Personally, im glad hes going to the NFC from the sounds of it
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    The fact NE’s defense was as good as it was this last season is pretty impressive considering the Patriots lack talent at all 3 levels, especially the pass rush and in the front 7 in general. I think the Pat’s lack of pass rush is going to come back to kill them in the playoffs this year though !! One of Bill B’s biggest mistakes ever was letting Elite All-Pro pass rusher OLB/DE 6″5 Chandler Jones go, trading him for just a late 2nd round pick, very late 2nd round pick. Chandler Jones is just entering his prime, developing into not just an Elite pass rusher but arguably the best in the NFL as he leads the NFL in sacks since both 2013 & 2015 with Von Miller coming in 2nd, and Jones lead the NFL in sacks in 2017 with 17.5, lead in tackles for loss with 28 (2nd place had 21, thats how dominant that stat is) and QB Hits with 48 QB Hits with well over 80+ QB Pressures. Chandler Jones is a flatout monster, with Arizona getting back their elite #2 OLB/DE (they lost him very very early on in the season) back healthy next season in 6″3 Markus Golden that Cardinals pass rush is going to be absolutely lethal.

  60. 29th in the league but 5th in points allowed.I guess “stats”are your thing.But we Patriots fans know that “stats”are for losers.You need to not let teams score points to win.First 5 games of the year they were giving up yards like they were free…last 5 games of the year they gave up how many points in the 4th quarter(I will let you look that up)Post it for me will you..stat man.

  61. mikespillane337 says:

    January 11, 2018 at 5:37 am

    29th in the league but 5th in points allowed.I guess “stats”are your thing.But we Patriots fans know that “stats”are for losers.You need to not let teams score points to win.First 5 games of the year they were giving up yards like they were free…last 5 games of the year they gave up how many points in the 4th quarter(I will let you look that up)Post it for me will you..stat man
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    Over the last five games of the year the Pat’s defense gave up 76 points overall; they gave up 3 points in the fourth quarter during that run (a field goal to the Jets)

    My point is that scoring defense counts. They have improved substantially from where they started. That is the sign of good coaching

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