Josh McDaniels spurns Colts, will stay with Patriots

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The Colts announced today that they had hired Josh McDaniels to be their next head coach. One problem: McDaniels still hasn’t announced that he’s taking the job.

And that’s because McDaniels is not taking the job.

McDaniels has decided to stay with the Patriots, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

That’s being passed along as stunning news, but it really shouldn’t be. PFT reported on Super Bowl Sunday that there was significant chatter among people in the know that McDaniels might turn down the Colts job. And McDaniels has repeatedly refused to confirm that he’s taking the job, despite the many reporters asking him Colts-related questions before and after the Super Bowl.

McDaniels failed in his first stint as a head coach with the Broncos, and he surely wants to make sure he finds the right fit for his next head-coaching job. It wouldn’t be surprising if McDaniels thinks his best bet is to stay in New England until Bill Belichick is ready to retire, and become the next head coach of the Patriots.

185 responses to “Josh McDaniels spurns Colts, will stay with Patriots

  1. Smart move, Josh. I worry about Patricia in Detroit, especially after such a poor defensive showing in SBLII.

  2. I think this is the best thing for the Colts. I am not sold on McDaniels as a HC, especially after his last stint. But it also makes me wonder about the chatter inside of Pats HQ. He’d leave unless he saw something in it for him at home.

  3. SOMETHING BIG is about to pop!!!

    Belichick done?
    Luck done?
    McDaniels refused to celebrate with Irsay by trafficking some drugs?

    Whatever it is it won’t disappoint.

  4. BAHAHAHAH this probably means Belichick is going after 2018. That is hysterical. Many new Englanders felt he was the HCIW. I guess Chad O’Shea will become OC next year, and Shuplinski will either go to Detroit with Matty P, or also stay. As a pats fan this is good news, but that is also bush league. This is what Parcells did to Tampa before he become our HC in 1993.

  5. What is going on here? Is this article a prank? Why would the Colts announce it and have a press conference set up for tomorrow? Why would Josh McDaniels turn down a huge pay raise? I just googled there and this is the only place reporting he’s “spurned” the Colts.

  6. I don’t know why people are surprised by this. There has been confirmation that Luck is going to be ready, the Colts don’t really have any other options for QB which means that the offense is going to be hurting.

    McDaniels saw what happened last time, I am sure that he is slow to jump. Not to mention that BB can’t be around for too much longer. I see BB and TB leaving at the same time. So McDaniels can ride out the last couple years then ascending to the throne.

  7. A rational observer might see thay despite Luck and the 3rd pick in the draft the Colts will be a fourth place ream next year.

  8. Indy dodged a bullet. If I were a Colts fan, I would have considered switching allegiances if my favorite team was getting saddled with McDaniels and Bevell.

  9. Can’t wait for the presser when they introduce their new coach and say he was their guy all along.

  10. He has to understand now that nobody will hire him other than Belichick, Jonathan Kraft, or Robert Kraft.

    This means that Belichick has given Josh and the Krafts his timetable. WOW!!!!

  11. Josh seems to love jerking teams around and wasting their time. Can’t blame him not wanting to work for Irsay though.

  12. Everybody should get 1 thing straight. McDaniels never said he was going there. History shows us that just because the Colts make a claim doesn’t mean it’s true. This also show that Mcdaniels is highly intelligent and I can’t hold that against him. I wish the Colts all the best this year. LMAO

  13. Why would an Offensive coordinator turn down a Head Coaching gig + Andrew luck + #3 overall draft pick….uh oh, are Billy B’s cheating ways #coming2anEND?

  14. Everyone forgets how Belichick was a failure in Cleveland, learned from his experience, and THEN became a success in NE.

    Apparently coaches are not supposed to get second chances, but players (especially idiot kneelers) do.

  15. You’d think the Colts would at least extend the courtesy of letting the coach officially accept the offer before announcing the deal.

  16. FinFan68 says:
    February 6, 2018 at 7:44 pm
    Why didn’t he have the courtesy to inform the Colts prior to their announcement?

    It’s the Patriot way. Watch their arrogant fans defend this slimeball move.

  17. “It wouldn’t be surprising if McDaniels thinks his best bet is to stay in New England until Bill Belichick is ready to retire, and become the next head coach of the Patriots.”

    Um, yes it would be surprising. Who the hell would want to try to pick up where Belichick leaves off??? Good luck with allllll that. He’s the best head coach the NFL has had. I hate the Patriots, but there’s not much denying that fact.

    I can’t imagine a worse head coaching position than that. Talk about setting yourself up for failure. How long can Patriot fans go without making a Superbowl appearance before they want the coach’s head? Maybe 3 seasons, tops.

  18. The Patriot players wouldn’t speak to reporters on locker cleanout day. They were beyond ticked about losing a game they should have won…see 2006. Next season will be insane.

  19. I’m very sad to hear that Josh McDaniels has decided to stay with the Pats. We in Denver got our last two superstar/HOF quarterbacks from the Colts and Josh has a habit of driving away starting quarterbacks…maybe we could have gone for the trifecta?

  20. thrifty says:
    February 6, 2018 at 7:44 pm
    The dude is bipolar.

    13 13 Rate This
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    Classic.

  21. Did they announce him after offering him the job, but before he accepted it? I wouldn’t be surprised if the Colts screwed up the process, but if it was McDaniels that actually backed out, that is not a good look for him. That said, a deal isn’t done until it’s done, so regardless of what chatter says and what people think and report will happen, they don’t necessarily always know what has been discussed in private. We won’t know what happened here until we get more info, and I don’t necessarily believe he is not going unless/until it is confirmed by the coach or one of the two teams.

  22. McDaniels will be a future HC of the Patriots or he will never be a HC. The owners will remember what just happened. If Belichick didn’t go on his historic run he would have been out of coaching if the Pats fired him. It was a crappy thing to do, as was Belichick’s stunt all those years ago in NYC.

  23. One of the drawbacks of going to the Super Bowl is that almost all other issues get put aside while the Super Bowl takes complete concentration. I think McD and Kraft just didn’t have time to talk things through until the SB was over.

  24. All you kids talking about how this could be “his last chance at a HC job” need to be reminded how Belichick’s tenure began in NE. Irsay has to be the worst owner in football. The shocking part of this story was McDaniels actually considering the job in the first place.

  25. How is this foolish? The AFC South will be one of the toughest divisions in football next season. Indianapolis has a QB whose health is a complete unknown, an unstable owner, and almost nothing outside of T.Y. and Malik Hooker. This is not a situation a coach with only one more chance wants to inherit.

  26. Well… it looks like J McD thinks he’s the heir-apparent to BB.
    Either that or he is a complete idiot. His stock on the open market as a head coaching candidate just cratered.

    As a Pats fan, I’d be willing to see what he has to offer when the hoodie walks away.

  27. What the heck is going on with the Patriots? I know that PFT reported on this possibility on Sunday night,but I didn’t think McDaniels would actually burn all of his bridges. What a strange season it’s been in NE.

  28. Irsay says McDaniels is the next coach of the Colts; McDaniels says nothing. No one has reported a contract signed by McDaniels. Did the organization try to force the issue by prematurely reporting McDaniels as the next head coach? The Colts started Deflategate; now they have McDaniels gate. Colts fans should look at their owner as the root of the problem. NO ONE wants to work for the guy!

  29. touchdownamericasteam says:
    February 6, 2018 at 8:01 pm
    Bah gawd that’s Jeff Fisher’s music!!!
    ______________________________

    LMAO damn

  30. Am I the only one who thinks Jerrah Jones had something to do with this? He’s such a rascal, that Jerrah….

  31. It probably comes down to quality of life. He’s got 4 young kids and probably doesn’t want them to grow up in Indianapolis. Take less money and stay in NE until BB retires.

  32. Ok Colts fans, time to reverse yourselves. Lets turn all that praise into condemnation now. Start by saying he wasnt any good and you never wanted him in the first place. Then go from there.

  33. Can the Colts look anymore foolish?? I mean you dump a legend QB in Peyton and then announce your head coach who didn’t tell you he was going to accept??? And oh don’t forget dumping Chuck Pagona for no reason. Jim Irsay is a joke & sad to say the Colts will be for as long as he is the owner. Josh is doing what’s best for Josh and will be the Pats HQ in the near future next year or 2 years. Better the devil you know than the one you don’t. Who in hell would now accept the Colts job??

  34. Betting most of the people calling it ridiculous fodder just the other day will stay largely silent now.

  35. Payback for Deflategate?

    Will Josh take over HC after BB retires?

    Hey Colts…At least you can put up a banner saying that you were a McDaniels finalist!

  36. Obviously he’s been told by Bill that he’s going to get the Patriots job relatively soon. He’s smart enough to know that he’s now burned his bridges across the NFL.

  37. “Everyone forgets how Belichick was a failure in Cleveland, learned from his experience, and THEN became a success in NE.”

    He was the last coach in Cleveland to get a playoff win for them so no, he wasn’t a failure there

    McD is hilarious screw the Colts, Irsay must be apoplectic. Expect a twitter meltdown from him like a jilted 13 year old girl would spit out

  38. Love all the people saying “indy wont be good, why would he want to coach there?”

    Losers.

  39. Way to go, Josh! I NEVER thought that he would end up in Indy. Irsay is a knucklehead, and NOBODY in their right mind would coach there. Andrew Luck is a disaster, and keep getting injured. He’s done. I bet that Belichick told Josh he’s only there a couple of more years at the most. Wise choice to stay put!

  40. I’m no Colts fan, but this seems like a pretty good reason to rethink the rule where you can’t announce a new head coach until after their season is over. This puts the Colts in a terrible position to find a coach

  41. “That’s being passed along as stunning news, but it really shouldn’t be.”

    Really? This very site reported the hire as official earlier today… stop trying to say “I told you so”

  42. This was the plan all along. NOBODY in Foxboro forgets the damage the hapless Colts did to that franchise. Shades of what BB did to the Jets. Love it.

  43. Josh likes that security cut off sweat shirt, oooowwwww the soap opera in Patsville continues.

  44. All joking aside, I think that the Colts have dodged a bullet. Of course, people can change and learning at the side of BB and TB might have prepared him. Our experience in Denver was anything but promising…he just wasn’t ready!

  45. Patriots are a mess. The sky is falling in NE. When they miss the playoffs next year a lot of these bandwagoners will suddenly disappear.

  46. I don’t think this is smart for McDaniels. I don’t think many owners will be interested in him now that he went back on his word to coach Indy. Even if he didn’t sign a deal or make it official, you don’t lead a team on like that.
    His only chance will probably just be with the Pats.

  47. trbowman says:
    February 6, 2018 at 7:46 pm
    Hilarious, but Colts fans should be happy.

    McD is an egomaniac and not a leader of men. Just ask anyone in Denver.

    98 22 Rate This

    ——————‘yeah, sure.

    elway is not an egomaniac or anything like that. lol

    mcdaniels did the best thing for denver ever..he diagnosed cutler and marshall as cancers and fleeced teams in trades

  48. Looks like someone ignored their VP of PR and told their Twitter person to announce it before anything was signed.

    Doesn’t seem like the choice of someone confident in the outcome.

  49. Wow, that deflated fast and no pun intended.
    So Josh McDaniels withdraws from Colts’ head coaching after balls checked.
    Colts say not big enough.

  50. Something tells me Belicheck has given his exit timetable to the team…hence, why Gronk is all of a sudden considering retiring and now this McDaniels stuff.

    That window’s closing fast.

  51. I don’t think he failed in Denver, he wasn’t given the time nor the players. Even Fox went 8-8 prior to Manning arriving. I dunno, I’d probably prefer living in Mass versus Indy working for a quirky owner.

  52. after this stunt, no one’s calling him for any other head coaching gig

    That’s just silly. In a year or three, some team needing a new coach isn’t going to give a damn what happened with Indy in 2018.

  53. omg. funniest thread of the year. America weeps. Some are attacking him personally (bipolar, scum, etc.), some are attacking patriots fans (bandwagoners, defenders, etc.), some are attacking the team (a mess, cheaters, etc.), all because a guy turns down a job.

    They just lost a SB yet they still occupy the frontal lob of so many. classic.

  54. This sounds like a master plan by the Hoodie to screw over the Colts. Likely McDaniels had a contract extension a month ago and they just played the Colts along as retribution for exposing their deflated balls. Now the Colts have to start over from scratch

  55. It’s the Patriot way. Watch their arrogant fans defend this slimeball move.

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    Heres the defense: McDaniels wised up and realized what a crap show the Colts are. They have a drunk/drugged up owner, a QB who might never play again, and its in the middle of nowhere.

    Can you blame him for not going?

  56. You need a QB to win. The Colts don’t have one. Trust me, Andrew Luck is not coming back, He will be on IR all year and will call it a career next year. Tough to cone back from the shoulder/bicep tendon issues. Likely he will need another surgery. Its over. Josh was smart and if the Colts were smart they should draft or trade up to get the QB.

  57. JustBlameTrumpOrRussia says:
    February 6, 2018 at 8:23 pm
    Patriots are a mess. The sky is falling in NE. When they miss the playoffs next year a lot of these bandwagoners will suddenly disappear.

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    Wishful thinking chum! However, your lousy team will still be lousy again next year!

  58. Josh wants Brady retires B.B. is out with the golden goose. And by the way they let their next franchise qb walk which will leave the cupboard bare when you step into that job which will now be “just another team without a legit starting qb”

  59. idislikespeciousness says:
    February 6, 2018 at 8:42 pm
    omg. funniest thread of the year. America weeps. Some are attacking him personally (bipolar, scum, etc.), some are attacking patriots fans (bandwagoners, defenders, etc.), some are attacking the team (a mess, cheaters, etc.), all because a guy turns down a job.

    They just lost a SB yet they still occupy the frontal lob of so many. classic.
    ——————–
    Sensitive yourself much, drama queen? Lol.

  60. FinFan68 says:
    February 6, 2018 at 7:44 pm
    Why didn’t he have the courtesy to inform the Colts prior to their announcement?

    How do you know he didn’t?

  61. FinFan68 says:
    February 6, 2018 at 7:44 pm
    Why didn’t he have the courtesy to inform the Colts prior to their announcement?

    How do you know he didn’t?

  62. Don’t forget that in 2001 when Irsay wanted a new (taxpayer financed) stadium he threatened to move to L.A. in 2007 if Indy didn’t pony up. They did.

    The karma from Irsay’s dad moving the team out of town in the dead of night in 1983 just keeps coming.

  63. harrisonhits2 says:
    February 6, 2018 at 8:15 pm
    “Everyone forgets how Belichick was a failure in Cleveland, learned from his experience, and THEN became a success in NE.”

    He was the last coach in Cleveland to get a playoff win for them so no, he wasn’t a failure there

    McD is hilarious screw the Colts, Irsay must be apoplectic. Expect a twitter meltdown from him like a jilted 13 year old girl would spit out
    ++++++++++++++++++++++
    No one realizes Belichick had the worst winning percentage of any coach in Browns history after his tenure with the exception of the intern coach the year before.

  64. FinFan68 says:
    February 6, 2018 at 7:44 pm

    Why didn’t he have the courtesy to inform the Colts prior to their announcement?

    ===================

    Did you ever consider that the Colts were afraid he was getting cold feet and decided to make the announcement in hopes of forcing his hand in accepting the job?

  65. itsfootballfolks says:
    February 6, 2018 at 8:59 pm
    FinFan68 says:
    February 6, 2018 at 7:44 pm
    Why didn’t he have the courtesy to inform the Colts prior to their announcement?

    How do you know he didn’t?
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    Common sense, you should try it…unless you are saying that he told them he was not going to be their coach and then they announced his hiring to ensure their embarrassment.

  66. Tom says:
    February 6, 2018 at 7:43 pm
    Smart move, Josh. I worry about Patricia in Detroit, especially after such a poor defensive showing in SBLII.

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    I really don’t think you can judge the guy on one game. He did win 2 Super Bowls in the last 4 years and he got the team to the AFCCG and the SB the other two years.

  67. JustBlameTrumpOrRussia says:
    February 6, 2018 at 8:23 pm
    Patriots are a mess. The sky is falling in NE. When they miss the playoffs next year a lot of these bandwagoners will suddenly disappear.

    ————————-

    I hate to tell you, but the Patriots have been great for 2 decades. The fans aren’t bandwagoners anymore. 30 year old people have been fans since they were little kids.

  68. FinFan68 says:
    February 6, 2018 at 7:44 pm

    Why didn’t he have the courtesy to inform the Colts prior to their announcement?
    ——————————————————————————————
    Why didn’t the Colts have the courtesy to wait until he had actually accepted the job offer? This isn’t complicated – until you sign the deal, there is no deal. I can only guess that the truth about Luck’s health status finally came out and the complexion of this job changed drastically.

  69. patbutler87 says:
    February 6, 2018 at 8:27 pm
    I don’t think this is smart for McDaniels. I don’t think many owners will be interested in him now that he went back on his word to coach Indy. Even if he didn’t sign a deal or make it official, you don’t lead a team on like that.
    His only chance will probably just be with the Pats.

    ———

    True… but like when Belichick left the Jets, if you win then everyone will want you no matter what you did.

  70. Armtek says:
    February 6, 2018 at 8:23 pm
    All joking aside, I think that the Colts have dodged a bullet. Of course, people can change and learning at the side of BB and TB might have prepared him. Our experience in Denver was anything but promising…he just wasn’t ready!

    ——————–

    Yeah… that was nearly 10 years ago.

    Belichick failed in Cleveland.

    It only matters what you do with the next opportunity.

  71. Can’t say McDaniels didn’t learn how to screw over teams at the feet of the GOAT slimeball. Ask the Jets how much integrity Belicheat has when he gives his word.

  72. The good news for Pats enviers everywhere is that this almost certainly means that Belichick will be retiring as a Head Coach after the 2018 or 2019 seasons. Maybe he will retire completely, or maybe he will become something like ‘President of Football Operations,’ but I doubt we will see him on the sideline with a headset in 2020.

    And the good news for Pats fans, besides not losing McDaniels and probably 2 or 3 other assistants, is that we can be comfortable continuing to hate the Colts even though many of us like and respect the Colts top two QBs (Luck and Brissett).

  73. Robert Kraft really stuck it to Indy. That’s what happens when you get him mad. Revenge for DeflateGate.

  74. Still remember his debacle in Denver. Pats fans crow about how he is more mature now. This indicates he isn’t.

    Colts fans should be happy he isn’t going to be their coach.

  75. I guess the Colts didn’t have enough camcorders and ball deflators.

  76. I put this on Kraft as much as McDaniels. Kraft easily could have sat down with McDaniels 6 weeks ago to lay out his offer for the future instead of waiting until yesterday. Instead, the Patriots made the Colts organization look foolish while throwing Indy’s coaching transition into complete confusion.

    As they say, revenge for Deflategate is a dish best served cold– because of the Ideal Gas Law, of course.

  77. Caesar Augustus says:
    February 7, 2018 at 5:50 am
    Robert Kraft really stuck it to Indy. That’s what happens when you get him mad. Revenge for DeflateGate.

    —-

    I thought winning Super Bowls is what happens when you make the Patriots mad? But after deflategate, they lost to Peyton Manning (again)…

  78. McDaniels showed that his word means nothing, Other NFL teams need to remember that when other openings come up. A head coach with no integrity is bad news.

  79. Deals fall through all the time in life out side of sports. Organizations make promises to players all the time that aren’t in contracts to get them to sign. And they do it to college players before the draft. And then the can cut them or not draft them when promised. Colts just didn’t like being treated like a player. Its disappointing for them, but its certainly not the end of the world like the Tony Dungys of the world would have us believe.

  80. I’m amazed at all the whining about this. He didn’t sign anything, and the only reason everyone thinks this sucks is because someone associated with the Patriots did it and you all know it. If it was anyone else no one would care, period!

  81. Hung the assistant coaches he hired out to dry. This was a douche move by a total douche.

    He took a flame thrower to burn every bridge and any chance at a head coaching job, outside of New England.

  82. drednot says:
    February 7, 2018 at 5:45 pm
    I’m amazed at all the whining about this. He didn’t sign anything, and the only reason everyone thinks this sucks is because someone associated with the Patriots did it and you all know it. If it was anyone else no one would care, period!
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    Bringing in assistant HCs and then bailing might be the line in the sand. First and foremost it pretty much creates the impression you are taking the gig regardless of signing the contract or not. I’m fine with changing your mind but there’s very little doubt he could have handled it better.

  83. joetoronto says:
    February 7, 2018 at 10:49 am
    Caesar Augustus says:
    February 7, 2018 at 5:50 am
    Robert Kraft really stuck it to Indy. That’s what happens when you get him mad. Revenge for DeflateGate.

    —-

    I thought winning Super Bowls is what happens when you make the Patriots mad? But after deflategate, they lost to Peyton Manning (again)…
    —————
    After Deflategate they won the Super Bowl twice, and went to a third. Try again.

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