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Report: 'All signs point to' Matt Patricia being named Giants coach

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Report: 'All signs point to' Matt Patricia being named Giants coach

If they can't get Bill Belichick, they'll apparent settle for one of his assistants.

The New York Daily News reported Wednesday that "all signs are pointing to" the Giants hiring Patriots defensive coordinator Matt Patricia as their new head coach. Click the link to read the complete story.

Patricia had been rumored to be a front-runner for the Lions' coaching job, but the Daily News reported Patricia-to-Detroit is "not a done deal  . . .  In fact, there are indications he prefers the Giants to the Lions."

For the past few days, talk has swirled that the Giants reportedly were going to be a landing spot for another member of the Pats' coaching staff: The head man himself. Belichick, whom ESPN reported was having issues with both owner Robert Kraft and quarterback Tom Brady, was said to be interested in returning to the Giants, a team where he served as an assistant coach from 1979-90 and for whom he retains a great deal of affection. But Belichick stated categorically on Monday that he plans to return to the Patriots in 2018, and the Daily News speculated "it could mean a lot to Belichick and to his legacy for Patricia to take over and turn around his former team."

Brady no-shows for presser, Patriots announce he has an injury

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Brady no-shows for presser, Patriots announce he has an injury

FOXBORO -- Tom Brady was scheduled to meet with the assembled media today. But he did not.

When his turn came up -- after Rob Gronkowski, Devin McCourty, Matthew Slater and Bill Belichick had already spoken -- Patriots media relations chief Stacey James went to the front of the room and announced that Brady was meeting with team medical personnel and will not be able to conduct his press conference. Brady will show up on the team's injury report Wednesday, James noted. 

Brady was last on the Patriots injury report before his team's Week 17 game against the Jets. He did not participate in Wednesday's practice that week -- he was listed with an Achilles and left shoulder injury -- and he was a limited participant on Thursday. He was removed from the injury report on Friday of that week.

Brady was originally scheduled to speak with reporters twice this week, Wednesday and Thursday. It's unclear if Wednesday's absence will impact the overall number of occasions he's made available this week. 

UPDATE: Brady was listed with a right hand injury on the team's practice participation/injury report, and was said to be limited at practice:

NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS

Limited participation
QB Tom Brady (right hand)
DL Alan Branch (knee)
RB Rex Burkhead (knee)
RB Mike Gillislee (knee)

JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS

Did not participate
FS Tashaun Gipson (foot)
OL Patrick Omameh (illness)

Limited participation
SS Barry Church (shoulder)
RB Leonard Fournette (ankle)
DT Malik Jackson (ankle)

Full participation
QB Blake Bortles (right wrist)
LB Paul Posluszny (abdomen)

Marrone says camp practices highlighted the gap between Patriots, Jaguars

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Marrone says camp practices highlighted the gap between Patriots, Jaguars

FOXBORO -- They just weren't at the same level.

After a series of training camp practices between the Jaguars and Patriots, that was the takeaway new Jacksonville head coach Doug Marrone underscored. The Patriots were the Patriots. And the Jaguars . . . well, they had work to do. 

"I viewed that as we really had a lot of work ahead of us," Marrone said on a conference call Wednesday, just days before the teams met at Gillette Stadium once again for the AFC title game.

"I think that's the one thing that I learned from practicing up there for those three days. How much stuff that we were behind on, and how much ground we needed to make up in a short period of time. Obviously we were all new, and I just thought that they were much further ahead than we were. I think it was good for me to point out to our players how much further we had to go. How long we had to go. And how much work we had to put in."

Since then, with some help from Marrone's hard coaching, the Jaguars went 10-6 to win the AFC South, and they recorded one of the best defensive seasons for any team in recent memory. They finished the year as the league's top passing defense and its second-ranked defense in terms of points allowed, yards allowed and sacks. 

The defensive talent in Jacksonville is top-tier, no doubt. And president Tom Coughlin seems to have made a sizable impact on the identity of the club. But Marrone, an old-school coach by all accounts, deserves some credit for helping his team embrace its punch-you-in-the-mouth mentality.

The question is, is it possible that Jaguars fans may have Bill Belichick to thank, in part, for the Jaguars landing Marrone in the first place? Earlier on Wednesday, The MMQB's Albert Breer tweeted that Marrone received a "glowing recommendation" from Belichick when Marrone was being considered for his current gig. 

Asked about his relationship with Belichick on Wednesday, and what a recommendation like that meant to him, Marrone was eager to throw praise Belichick's way. 

"I think if you're a coach, I don't care what level you're at -- you're at high school, college, NFL -- you look at the success of Coach Belichick, and I was always the type of guy that would try to learn as much as I can from people that've been successful, so that maybe I wouldn't make a mistake, or maybe that person made a mistake while they were coming up.

"Obviously, Coach is an outstanding person. And we all know what kind of coach he is, but he's an outstanding person. It's just been difficult obviously to draw that information out of him so I try to get around him as much as I can to try to learn. That's the truth.

"I have an unbelievable amountt of respect for what he's done. It's really . . . You look back and just being able to compete against him, with the challenges it presents, is what you thrive on from a competitive standpoint. I can't say enough good things about him, really." 

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