New England beat the Tennessee Titans, 35-14, on Saturday night to advance to its seventh straight AFC championship game.
Defensive Coordinator Matt Patricia of the New England Patriots watches the action on the sidelines during their game against the Houston Texans at NRG Stadium on December 13, 2015 in Houston, Texas.
Apparently, that's no longer the case if it ever was.
It's likely Patricia won't be the only Patriots coach to depart once the season comes to an end.
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The former rocket scientist has done a little bit of everything since joining the Patriots in 2004.
He endeared himself to Bill Belichick with his work ethic and intelligence early in Patriots tenure, spent time coaching on both sides of the ball, and eventually took over as defensive coordinator in 2012.
Patricia was one of six candidates who were known to have interviewed for the Lions' position.
Patrica, 43, is a great get for the Lions, and is a Bob Quinn guy through-and-through. The Lions went 9-7 each of the last two years and made the playoffs twice under Caldwell. So, that's ultimately my record, and I take full ownership of that.
It appears that the back-and-forth of "will he or won't he" be the next head coach of the Lions may be over.