Matt Patricia opened his final postgame news conference with the Detroit Lions by thanking his wife and children for their support.
Patricia probably knew what was coming.
His boss, General Manager Bob Quinn, might not have expected the same fate.
The Lions fired Patricia and Quinn, who hired the coach to replace Jim Caldwell, and effectively ended the franchise's attempt to replicate the success the men helped Bill Belichick achieve in New England.
The moves were made Saturday, surprising no one.
"It clearly wasn't working," Lions owner Sheila Ford Hamp said on a Zoom call with reporters.
The duo joins a long list of general managers and coaches who failed to help the franchise win over the past several decades.
Since Detroit won the 1957 NFL title, it has won only one playoff game — way back on Jan. 5, 1992.
"We can't hide our past, that's for sure," said Hamp, who succeeded her mother in June to lead the franchise her late father bought in 1963. "But I'm very dedicated to turning this ship around and really making a difference."
Darrell Bevell, who has 14 seasons of experience as an offensive coordinator, including with the Vikings from 2006 to '10, will be the team's interim coach for the final five games. The GM duties will be handled on an interim basis by Kyle O'Brien, Lance Newmark, Rob Lohman and Mike Disner, all of whom worked for Quinn in the team's front office.
This season, the Lions (4-7) lost consecutive games for the third time and it cost Quinn and Patricia their jobs. Detroit collapsed in a 41-25 loss to Houston at home on Thursday after getting shut out for the first time in 11 years in the previous game at Carolina.
"I'm just really appreciative of my family, my wife, my kids," Patricia said. "My wife does a lot behind the scenes, and from that standpoint I appreciate her a lot."
The setbacks dropped Patricia to 13-29-1 in two-plus seasons, and Quinn's mark fell 12 games under .500 over five seasons. The most recent losses led to the end of their careers with the Lions.
"Ten days ago, we looked like we had a good chance to be playoff-bound and both of those games were extremely disappointing," Hamp said. "Yes, we thought it was a good time to make a change."
Patricia was on Belichick's staff for 14 seasons, including six years as defensive coordinator, before Quinn gave him his first shot to be a head coach at any level.