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Jan 3, 2017

San Diego Chargers target New England Patriots DC Matt Patricia

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New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick (L) and defensive coordinator Matt Patricia watch the Denver Broncos offense in the third quarter during the AFC Championship game at Sport Authority Field at Mile High in Denver on January 24, 2016. Denver advances to Super Bowl 50 defeating New England 20-18. Photo by Gary C. Caskey/UPI
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The San Diego Chargers are reportedly targeting New England Patriots defensive coordinator Matt Patricia for their head-coaching vacancy.
The Chargers asked the Patriots for permission to interview Patricia, ESPN's Adam Schefter reported Monday. San Diego fired coach Mike McCoy on Sunday after a 5-11 season capped his four-year tenure with the team.
The Los Angeles Rams also requested permission to interview Patricia for their top coaching position after firing Jeff Fisher last month, NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reported.
Patricia declined to comment on the reports.
"I haven't heard anything," Patricia told reporters Monday. "We're just working on (Sunday's) game and getting ready here for moving forward. I know there's a process in place for that that the league follows, but for myself right now, I'm just really kind of focused on what we're doing right now and the team moving forward. I'm in a normal Monday routine, which is great for me."
The Rams also inquired about interviewing Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels, who served as the team's offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach during the 2011 campaign in St. Louis.
Patricia, 42, has been the defensive coordinator in New England since the 2012 season. He joined the Patriots as an offensive coaching assistant in 2004 and has also been an offensive line assistant, linebackers coach and safeties coach.
Under Patricia, the AFC East champion Patriots (14-2) led the NFL in points allowed per game (15.6) and ranked eighth in yards allowed per game (326.4) this season.
Patricia was an offensive lineman at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, where he later served as a graduate assistant in 1996. He was the defensive line coach at Amherst from 1999-2000 and an offensive graduate assistant at Syracuse from 2001-03.

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