Josh McDaniels admits past failures have taught him

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Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels wasn’t going to talk about his next job, not anymore than co-worker Matt Patricia was last night.

But unlike Patricia, McDaniels has had a head coaching job before, and he was willing to admit that his time in Denver will serve him well next week when he begins his next career as the Colts head coach.

“I’ve learned a lot in my career, whether it’s here, my time in Denver or in St. Louis,” McDaniels said. “Every step of the way has been invaluable to me. There’s so many good people and so many good coaches and personnel people that are willing to share what they know and I’ve tried to pick up things here and there from everyone I’ve worked for.

“Sometimes I think failure is the best teacher.”

He certainly had his share of that. He was fired before the end of his second season in Denver after compiling a 11-17 record as head coach. And when he landed with the Rams as offensive coordinator, he was 2-14 before returning to the Patriots for a second stint which has included a bit more success.

It would be natural to be humbled by his time away from the safe cocoon of working with Tom Brady and for Bill Belichick, and McDaniels seemed comfortable admitting as much, saying he was “nowhere near a finished product.”

“I’m hungry to try and get better and serve the guys that I work for and serve the people who I work with,” he said. “Hopefully that will serve me well as I move forward.”

And perhaps as soon as Monday, he’ll be able to admit that next move is to Indianapolis.

17 responses to “Josh McDaniels admits past failures have taught him

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    McDaniels first job was working for Belichick. The only management style he was exposed to was his. Since it was a proven success, he naturally adopted it. We all know that was a mistake. There’s only one Belichick. Young managers make the same error in the business environment every day by trying to emulate their mentors.
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  2. mark my words, “boy wonder” will be fired after 1 season & will run back to Belicheat’s nest & you can also include tubby who went to Detroit.

  3. He will need to get accustomed to failure and fair weather fans for the first few years. The previous regime left him with boat load of problems. In addition, he has deal with a drug-addled, lying, slimy owner on a daily basis. Multiple Lombardi’s? Yeah, right.

  4. It will be hilarious to see those Indy fans all do an about face and suddenly embrace the Patriot Way.

  5. walker1191 says:
    January 30, 2018 at 8:34 am
    It will be hilarious to see those Indy fans all do an about face and suddenly embrace the Patriot Way.

    Yeah – get those micro-video cameras ready Indy scouts, and don’t forget to salute boy wonder McDaniels when he comes in the door everyday. Oh and by the way, NO lounge chairs in any of the Colts players meeting rooms, according to Walker1191.

  6. filmex2000 says:
    January 30, 2018 at 7:33 am
    “Sometimes I think failure is the best teacher.”

    Are you listening, Mike Tomlin ?

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    No, he’s not. He just ordered himself another pair of Ray Bans, though.

  7. 6ball says:
    January 30, 2018 at 8:09 am
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    McDaniels first job was working for Belichick. The only management style he was exposed to was his. Since it was a proven success, he naturally adopted it. We all know that was a mistake. There’s only one Belichick. Young managers make the same error in the business environment every day by trying to emulate their mentors.
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    He was way too young anyway. No one could figure out what on earth Elway was thinking.

  8. Indybear says:
    January 30, 2018 at 8:18 am
    He will need to get accustomed to failure and fair weather fans for the first few years. The previous regime left him with boat load of problems. In addition, he has deal with a drug-addled, lying, slimy owner on a daily basis. Multiple Lombardi’s? Yeah, right.

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    I am shocked he chose the Colts and such a slimy organization.

  9. McDaniels hopefully has the intestinal fortitude to rough it out in Indy for a while or he’ll be calling up Bill for stint #3 sooner rather than later.

    Almost more curious to see how Patricia pans out up in Detroit. He at least has a half-decent team and a familiar guy at GM to work with. Not convinced that these guys who’ve spent almost their entire coaching career Belichick’s Pats-era coaching tree know how do their own thing in systems and cultures that aren’t NE, but we’ll see.

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