February 19, 2019

JANSSEN: Why Josh McDaniels' Change of Heart Actually Helps the Colts

10 February 2018, 03:18 | Anna Jefferson

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Feb 4 2018 Minneapolis MN USA New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh Mc Daniels prior to Super Bowl LII against the Philadelphia Eagles at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports

New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels WILL NOT be taking the Indianapolis Colts head coaching job.

David: As far as I understand it, Eberflush has signed his contract and is on board with the Colts.

McDaniels, who went 11-17 as the head coach of the Denver Broncos in 2009 and 2010, has overseen New England's offense for the past five years.

When the Giants officially hired Shurmur, general manager Dave Gettleman went out of his way to stress - numerous times - that Shurmur is an "adult" and that "I really believe the head coach job for the NY football Giants is a job for an adult".

When the Colts announced Josh McDaniels as their next head coach, only to have the Patriots offensive coordinator change his mind, it resurrected memories of the time the Bears jumped the gun on trumpeting Dave McGinnis as their head coach. Ballard told owner Jim Irsay and the National Football League community went into an uproar.

"We have a list of candidates, I've had them from the get-go", Ballard said.

McDaniels - by shockingly turning down this Colts job - has probably done the Colts a favor.

McDaniels was head coach of the Denver Broncos for two years, but was sacked during the 2010 season after accumulating an 11-17 record.

Multiple news media reports indicated several were already under contract, including Matt Eberflus, the linebackers coach of the Dallas Cowboys, who was expected to be named the Colts' defensive co-ordinator.

Patriots owner Robert Kraft reportedly convinced McDaniels to stay by "sweetening" his deal.

Another reason that Josh McDaniels helped the Colts is that he isn't proven outside New England. Perhaps, he has committed to groom McDaniels to be his successor.

However, it's not out of the question that McDaniels will land on his feet if he chooses to become a head coach again.

"I just said, 'I just need a yes or no answer". However, things weren't falling apart as much as they seemed to be.

At 65, with 23 years under his belt as a head coach in the NFL, Belichick has little left to prove.

McDaniels informed the Indianapolis Colts of his decision to stay in New England on Tuesday night.

Parcells planted the seeds of this indecisively rooted coaching tree after the 1991 season, when he first spurned the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who also had scheduled a news conference to announce his hiring.

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