The Chargers have reportedly settled on a new coach, and it's not Patriots defensive coordinator Matt Patricia.
According to multiple reports, the newer of the NFL's two Los Angeles franchises has decided to hire former Bills running backs coach and offensive coordinator Anthony Lynn for their head job. The Bills turned to Lynn as their interim head coach at the end of the regular season when Rex Ryan was fired.
Patricia interviewed with both the Chargers and the Rams last weekend, and the Rams have announced former Redskins offensive coordinator Sean McVay as their new head coach.
For the last few weeks, as Patricia's name has come up in discussions of the two LA head-coaching openings, he has said he appreciated the opportunity to interview.
"To me, the fascinating part of all that is just kind of learning all the organizations and how they work because they are so different," he said earlier this week. "That's just kind of a general statement about the NFL. Sometimes as you kind of anchor in on what we do day in and day out, you never really look at that stuff on a full scale."
Patricia has now interviewed for head-coaching jobs in each of the last two seasons. During last year's playoff run, he interviewed with the Browns for their open gig, and it would come as no surprise if he garnered further consideration as a head coach down the road.
As far as next season is concerned, having Patricia back as defensive coordinator would certainly provide the Patriots with a measure of continuity that they may lack in other areas.
Patricia could oversee a defense in 2017 that has experienced a great deal of turnover as Dont'a Hightower, Alan Branch, Jabaal Sheard, Logan Ryan, Duron Harmon and Chris Long are all scheduled to hit unrestricted free agency in the offseason. Patricia's presence on the sidelines would also represent some level of consistency for a coaching staff that could see offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels depart to become the 49ers head coach.