Giants may miss out on coaching candidates by following National Football League rules

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Up until this point, it looked like New England Patriots defensive coordinator Matt Patricia was in line to become the next head coach of the New York Giants.

That's because the Patriots destroyed the Tennessee Titans Saturday night, 35-14, continuing a quest to defend their Super Bowl championship.

The Giants haven't officially eliminated candidates, but it's clear there are four left with legitimate chances at the head coaching job - McDaniels, Patricia, Panthers defensive coordinator Steve Wilks and Vikings offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur.

Apparently, that's no longer the case if it ever was. Patricia has a history with Lions general manager Bob Quinn.

Sports Illustrated's Peter King wrote last week that Patricia, a NY native, prefers the Giants job, while the Daily News reported he's the team's top candidate after their first round of interviews.

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Detroit wants Patricia, and many around the league expect the deal to eventually get done. At Quinn's news conference discussing Caldwell's firing, he was asked if familiarity with the person he was hiring was going to be a factor. And the fact Quinn hasn't pulled the trigger is telling.

Both Patricia and McDaniels have a key recommendation going for them.

Shurmur has only 33 games of National Football League head coaching experience under his belt and 32 of them came with the Cleveland Browns from 2011-2012 as he compiled a miserable 9-23 record.

Defensively, Patricia will inherit a good secondary - Darius Slay was named first-team All-Pro this season and Glover Quin has been a Pro Bowler in the past - and a young middle linebacker with potential in Jarrad Davis. He's one of the best. Todd Haley's contract is up in Pittsburgh at the end of the season and so is John DeFilippo's in Philadelphia, and I'm at least talking to one of them before rushing out to sign Brian Schottenheimer for the position. If he decides to go with the Cardinals, the Giants could be in a tough spot.

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