Matt Patricia Replacements: Top Lions Head Coach Candidates

The Detroit Lions have announced Matt Patricia is fired as head coach, meaning it is now searching for the next Lions head coach. So who are the top candidates to replace Matt Patricia as the Lions head coach? We’ve got the top Lions head coach targets and some realistic options. Watch out for popular names like Eric Bienemy, Brian Daboll and Robert Saleh.

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Lions head coach candidates list features some big names. Jim Harbaugh is available and might not even have a job after this season. Former NFL head coaches like Todd Bowles are also on the list. And although everyone wants Lincoln Riley, Iowa State’s Matt Campbell is the more realistic head coach candidate for the Lions.

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The firing of Matt Patricia and GM Bob Quinn wasn’t a huge surprise. The Lions canned Jim Caldwell because they thought they were close, but the new regime turned out to be even worse. Now the Lions have a tough decision: Do they try to win with QB Matt Stafford for a little bit longer or do they choose to blow it all up this offseason? 

The Detroit Lions went defense focused with Matt Patricia, so could the next Lions head coach be an offensive mind? There are some top NFL head coach candidates like Greg Roman, Brian Daboll, Arthur Smith, Kellen Moore and Eric Bienemy.

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Here are top Lions head coach candidates:
#10 Jim Harbaugh (HC, Michigan)
#9 Kellen Moore (OC, Cowboys)
#8 Greg Roman (OC, Ravens)
#7 Todd Bowles (DC, Bucs)
#6 Arthur Smith (OC, Titans)
#5 Matt Campbell (HC, Iowa State)
#4 Matt Eberflus (DC, Colts)
#3 Brian Daboll (OC, Bills)
#2 Eric Bienemy (OC, Chiefs)
#1 Robert Saleh (DC, 49ers)

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