You don’t get to see this every day. New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels was announced on Tuesday morning as the new head coach of the Indianapolis Colts. The deal with McDaniels was made back in January and Colts just confirmed the deal as they supposed to. However, McDaniels had a change of hearts on the same day and decided to stay with the Patriots.
“After agreeing to contract terms to become the Indianapolis Colts’ new head coach, New England Patriots assistant coach Josh McDaniels this evening informed us that he would not be joining our team,” – the Colts said in a statement on Tuesday night. “Although we are surprised and disappointed, we will resume our head-coaching search immediately and find the right fit to lead our team and organization on and off the field.“
According to reports, Patriots owner Robert Kraft and head coach Bill Belichick made a push in the last 48 hours in order to convince Josh McDaniels to stay with the team after they already lost defensive coordinator Matt Patricia who took Detroit Lions coaching job. The sources say that Patriots offered McDaniels a more lucrative contract, but also an opportunity to work closely with Belichick who offered to take his mentorship to a more higher level. Also, McDaniels liked the idea to have stability with a longer contract and the fact that he wouldn’t have to move his family.
This puts Indianapolis Colts in a very tough position since the team already hired four coaches on which McDaniels insisted upon agreeing to the job. Also, most of the other candidates which the Colts interviewed alongside McDaniels, took the head coaching jobs with other teams. Now the team will have to start with the search all over again, but with lot fewer options to look at now.