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In the days before the Super Bowl, there were rumors that Josh McDaniels to the Indianapolis Colts didn’t seem like a sure thing. Maybe he was having cold feet.
In the end McDaniels did have cold feet and decided to not take the Colts job … after he apparently accepted it.
hours after the team had announced he agreed to terms to be their head coach. McDaniels is headed back to the New England Patriots as their offensive coordinator,In one of the wildest stories of this or any other NFL offseason, McDaniels pulled out of the Colts job on Tuesday, and presumably to have the chance to be the heir apparent to Bill Belichick. The story was first reported by ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
said Belichick being in place as head coach for 2018 and stability for his family were factors in his return. ESPN said he had told the Colts throughout the process he wanted time to mull the decision with his family,Schefter said Patriots owner Robert Kraft was talking to McDaniels over the last 48 hours and ended up “sweetening his contract” for him to return as offensive coordinator. Another report from ESPN, by Mike Reiss,Womens John Ross Jersey, and ultimately decided against taking the job.
whenever that is. McDaniels will be just 42 next season and can wait out Belichick,Womens A.J. Green Jersey,The Belichick part of the story is interesting. Because from the outside looking in,Authentic Jim Brown Jersey, it would appear that Belichick’s future had to play into McDaniels’ decision. McDaniels was terrible as Denver’s head coach, but presumably he’ll retire before McDaniels hits age 50.,Womens Barry Sanders Jersey, and after leaving the Colts at the altar it’s hard to believe he’d get another head coaching job outside of New England. But he would seem to be a good bet to get the Patriots job once Belichick is finished, who will turn 66 this offseason. Nobody knows how long Belichick will coach
but it was in his contract that he would take over the head coaching job from Bill Parcells. Parcells resigned suddenly to keep Belichick,The immediate comparison in NFL history is actually to Belichick, who resigned as New York Jets head coach the day after getting it. Back then Belichick was a defensive coordinator who was pursued by the Patriots, and Belichick resigned rather than becoming the Jets’ head coach. Belichick ended up in New England after the Patriots gave draft pick compensation to the Jets.
This is different because McDaniels was free to leave, when all the other openings are filled, and for weeks it appeared he would. It was reported that he would take the job,Authentic DeShone Kizer Jersey, though it couldn’t be official until after the Super Bowl because the Patriots were still alive in the playoffs. This episode could lead to a rule change,Authentic John Ross Jersey, since teams don’t want to wait out a candidate unitl after the Super Bowl,Womens DeShone Kizer Jersey, the Colts were put in a truly terrible spot when McDaniels backed out. The Colts announced McDaniels agreed to terms and announced a news conference for Wednesday,Authentic Barry Sanders Jersey, then get unexpectedly turned down. Make no mistake, but McDaniels hadn’t signed a contract yet.
We are excited to welcome Josh McDaniels,Womens Jim Brown Jersey, who has agreed to terms as our new head coach!
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Now the Colts have to start over with their coaching search. They thought they had their new head coach, but McDaniels and the Patriots had other ideas.