Josh McDaniels to follow through with Colts

AP

A strange vibe emerged last week in Minneapolis as it related to the presumption that Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels will become the next coach of the Colts. Specifically, some began to question whether he’d actually do it.

Nearly 24 hours after Super Bowl LII, the prevailing view is that McDaniels will follow through on his unofficially official commitment to the Colts.

Whatever the reason, something definitely was going on, with confusing signals being sent regarding the possibility of McDaniels stunning the Colts and sending the Indy search all the way back to square one. Maybe McDaniels was hedging in the event Patriots coach Bill Belichick walked away with an eighth career ring. Maybe McDaniels was hoping for an aggressive effort by the Patriots to convince him to stay.

Regardless, and despite what anyone else says, something was going on. Now, it’s not. McDaniels is indeed expected to be the next coach of the Colts.

73 responses to “Josh McDaniels to follow through with Colts

  1. Id say hed be better off waiting 2 more years for BB to retire….but by then Brady will be done as well and Josh would be screwed. This is the right move for him. He HOPEFULLY has a franchise QB who is still pretty young and now healthy and he has that #4 overall pick.

  2. Broncos Hire McDaniels, McDaniels destroys team prompting Elway to come in as GM, Broncos have 2 Super Bowl trips and one victory with a 64-32 record since. I cant imagine McDaniels doing the Colts any such favors

  3. But but but .. Weren’t you guys complaining about the Raiders’ hiring of Gruden that these “agreements” were cheating the Rooney Rule??!? Now you’re saying they’re NOT binding. Make up you mind.

    By the way, Greg Schiano has something to say about unsigned contract agreements…

  4. Expected? So the headline is 100% misleading because you still don’t know, as nothing’s been said for sure.

  5. Colts fans should be praying to Touchdown Jesus that McDaniels decides not to take the job. This guy has no business being a head coach. Misery will ensue.

  6. Chris Ballard slowly is rebuilding Colts, one hire at a time. Eighty million in cap space, 3rd overall pick in draft, and a team that, despite its flaws, actually led a lot of their games going into third quarter. To Pats fans, most Colts fans are ecstatic this guy is coming to Indy. Nobody can fault his play-calling through the playoffs. It’ll take time, but this is a huge hire.

  7. Cool story, about nothing…

    Patriot lose and leaves the media with nothing? C’mon, put out some Eagles stories! There would have to be hundreds out there.

  8. In 24 hours Josh will go from working for one of the classiest owners to one of the most classless owners.

  9. Good luck, Josh! You didn’t do a great job with the Denver Broncos, but some of the savvier fans will thank you for getting rid of Jay Cutler for us.

  10. He was most likely pushing back on the notion that Darrell Bevell was getting stuffed down his throat by the Indy front office. Befell doesn’t even run McDaniels offense.

    McDaniels hasn’t even taken the job and there is already dysfunction between the coach & the front office. This doesn’t bode well for Indy’s future.

  11. Rats off a sinking ship.
    Bill will have to turn the lights off once Tom, Gronk, And the coordinators all depart.
    Pats fans will undoubtedly jump off that bandwagon as quickly as they jumped on.
    Fair weather fans.

  12. McDaniels really had no choice. If he did have a deal with the Colts, he had to follow through on it. After the Broncos fiasco, he is lucky that anyone ever gave him a second look as HC.

    That said, I still don’t think that it is a lock that Belichick comes back as head coach. And if much of the Patriot fan base continues to blast Bill over the Butler situation, I wouldn’t be surprised if he just flat out retired.

    If Bill does retire, I wouldn’t be shocked if McDaniels tries to back away from the Colts and then become the next Patriots’ HC, which I would expect him to be an epic failure at.

  13. I’m sure this thrills the hell out of the Colts, their fans, and their players. They should have thought about that before sneaking out of Baltimore in the middle of the night!

  14. So you cooked up an unsubstantiated nonsense story and more you’re having to walk it back. Maybe get some actual facts together next time and don’t plow irresponsibly forward based on “chatter”.

  15. It was never anything but baseless speculation to begin with. McDaniels has been assembling a staff for weeks now. Why would he be that choosy about open jobs around the league for that long only to turn around and burn bridges by backing out on a deal? The “chatter” never made any sense.

  16. But but but … Weren’t you guys pushing the narrative that the Raiders and Gruden were violating the Rooney Rule because they made their “agreement” too?!? You mean these “agreements” aren’t actually binding?

    Yeah, Greg Schiano has a word to say about the value of unsigned contracts.

  17. Your vibe is probably nothing more than a bad burrito. But keep insisting it was really there because it’s obvious you’re never wrong.

  18. My guess is he would be willing to be the OC for one more year, then take over as HC in 2019. BB likely can’t guarantee him that, but there was definitely a conversation.

  19. gysot says:
    February 5, 2018 at 9:53 pm

    Colts fan. Please keep in mind that this was the failed head coach who drafted T. Tebow in the first round.
    ___________
    Tebow had a winning record and beat the Steelers in the playoffs.
    There have been worse first-round picks.

    Belichick was also a “failed head coach” until he wasn’t (just ask fans of the Browns if they wish they had kept him).

  20. …Colts fan. Please keep in mind that this was the failed head coach who drafted T. Tebow in the first round.
    ————————————————————

    Failed Head Coach?

    I believe McDaniels was last Head Coach of the Broncos during the 2010 season. The broncos did so poorly during that year that McDaniels was fired before the end of the season, and Von Miller was drafted with a high 1st round draft pick in 2011.

    Broncos probably do not make two Super Bowls in this millennium without Von Miller. Broncos probably do not win a Super Bowl in this millennium without Von Miller.

    Summary: Broncos owe their Super Bowl appearances and one victory in this millennium to Josh McDaniels.

    Failure? 🙂

  21. You people who are bashing him DO REALIZE that Billacheat HIMSELF was considered a CRAPPY HC and TANKED in Cleveland right???? Easy with the YOUNG guy gettn a 2nd chance haters.

  22. Among all those maybes, I’d add one more: Maybe there was never any behind-the-scenes drama or gamesmanship at all. Maybe it was all just a bunch of media people cooped up together in Minnesota doing some “creative” work.

  23. It seems like he’s settling. Obviously the NE job is the one he really wants and he’d probably be willing to wait a definitive amount of time for it. In the absence of such definition though, he’s taking another job. If he’s smart, he’ll give himself an out after 3 years.

  24. I wonder about how the whole Deflategate thing will be handled? Will Jim McNally have a part in the whole thing?
    I know, I know. But you know its gonna come up. Im a Pats fan too, so hell has been unleashed in that department. The OC of the team you charged with cheating coaching your team…

  25. dabears62 says:
    February 5, 2018 at 10:39 pm
    In 24 hours Josh will go from working for one of the classiest owners to one of the most classless owners.

    “””””
    Irsay is one of the best and most knowledgeable owners in the NFL. He’s highly respected and except for his loyalty to Grigano the Colts have been one of the most successful teams the last 20 years.

    He eccentric but he’s very loyal to th community of Indianapolis. You can criticize him for his addiction to pain meds but he’s struggled with pain for many years. He paid the price and apologized so it seems people should have empathy and forgiveness instead of hate.

  26. Why does everyone assume McDaniels will fail just because he failed with Denver? People can’t grow and learn from their mistakes. Look at Pete Carroll for example, he failed in New England and ended up doing pretty well at USC and Seattle.

  27. Three names I think of when I heard Josh McDaniels name: Tim Tebow, Jay Cutler and Brandon Marshall. I don’t really blame him for the Jay Cutler mess. He wanted to bring in Cassel, someone familiar with his system and Jay got his feelings hurt to the point that he probably couldn’t have co-existed with McDaniels. A more mature player would have welcomed the competition. I have a hard time faulting him for the Brandon Marshall situation either considering Marshall’s behavior on teams after the Broncos. The Tim Tebow thing is mind boggling. They wasted a first-round pick on a guy who essentially ran the wildcat offense. Sure, they won some games with him playing but the defense’s part in winning those games is somehow left out.

    It’ll be interesting to see if McDaniels can succeed without Tom Brady. If he crashes in Indy, this will likely be his last head coaching job in the NFL. I can’t see another team giving him a chance if he fails this time.

  28. MTLighthouse69 says:
    February 6, 2018 at 6:02 am
    McDaniels really had no choice. If he did have a deal with the Colts, he had to follow through on it. After the Broncos fiasco, he is lucky that anyone ever gave him a second look as HC.

    That said, I still don’t think that it is a lock that Belichick comes back as head coach. And if much of the Patriot fan base continues to blast Bill over the Butler situation, I wouldn’t be surprised if he just flat out retired.

    If Bill does retire, I wouldn’t be shocked if McDaniels tries to back away from the Colts and then become the next Patriots’ HC, which I would expect him to be an epic failure at.

    ===

    No way Belichick retires for at least 3 more years. He wants to set up his sons in coaching. I don’t know how many more years for Brady but there’s a good chance the double outlasts him with the Pats.

    As for McDaniels, you generally only get two HC chances. You need to work for/with a stable owner. Is there a worse owner in the NFL than Irsay? McDaniels should have jumped on the Titans job when it opened up. I think Vrabel will do well.

  29. belichickdominatedjoemontana says:
    February 5, 2018 at 11:09 pm

    Kraft wanted Belichick to commit to buying Kraft’s groceries before he lets McDaniels leave.

    Kraft will be the reason this dynasty ends prematurely. (Patriots fan here)
    =====
    No the “dynasty” – if you can call it that – will end once an AFC Least team other than the Patriots gets a legitimately good QB. That’s what you built your so called “dynasty” on… not so much greatness compared to ineptitude in your division.

    Once that changes, window will slam shut and it will hurt. In the meantime the Pats will keep winning the Least. Better enjoy what they got while it lasts.

    Speaking of QBs… I bet unlike Brady even Jimmy could have hit Amendola in stride for that TD on Sunday. Too bad you can’t find a guy like that huh?

  30. How exactly is he going to destroy the Colts roster when they have a GM who’s making the personnel decisions?

    Seriously, some of you people have such a blind jealousy and hatred of the Pats that you don’t even know the circumstances – one of the reasons he’s probably balking is the hiring of an OC in Bevell that he’ll have to work with, typically the HC gets to pick his own coordinators, so no idea why the Colts felt the need to hire a OC before a HC.

  31. gysot says:
    February 5, 2018 at 9:53 pm
    Colts fan. Please keep in mind that this was the failed head coach who drafted T. Tebow in the first round.
    ———————-
    …and got his team to the playoffs and beat a good Steelers team with Tebow at QB.

    “Failure” is hanging participation banners because that’s the best you can do. Failure is wasting the career of a franchise QB with bad coaching and inept management.

    If you lookup “football player” in the dictionary you’ll see a photo of Amendola. If you lookup “failure” you’ll see a horseshoe.

  32. And if much of the Patriot fan base continues to blast Bill over the Butler situation, I wouldn’t be surprised if he just flat out retired.

    If you think Bill Belichick would retire because the fans are crushing him, you’re nuts. Browns fans hated him almost from the first year, and he stayed there five years before the team moved and he was fired.

  33. Luck vs Wentz Superbowl in the near future will be fascinating. Will be the most watched Superbowl of all time

  34. This headline and story is right up there with “The Jets are clearly tanking the entire season this year” . Completely unsubstantiated, and pure conjecture under the premise that “Many experts believe…” and “Whatever the reason, something is definitely going on…”

    It is hardly, “Colonel Mustard…in the library… with the candlestick.”

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