Report: Josh McDaniels’ decision not made to replace Bill Belichick this year

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Josh McDaniels’ decision to stay in New England almost assuredly includes some sort of language that guarantees him the Patriots’ head coaching job when Bill Belichick decides to call it quits. Otherwise, why would the Patriots offensive coordinator spurn the Colts at the 12th hour and burn every bridge in the league, ruining any chance ever of getting a head coaching job?

But Belichick’s retirement won’t happen this year.

The Patriots head coach will return for 2018, Tom Curran of NBC Sports Boston reports.

An ESPN report Sunday morning speculated that Belichick and Tom Brady both could retire after Super Bowl LII. That, of course, didn’t happen.

Before Tuesday’s headline-grabbing news, “there was little indication” the Patriots coveted McDaniels as Belichick’s successor, according to Curran.

97 responses to “Report: Josh McDaniels’ decision not made to replace Bill Belichick this year

  1. Must have been promised something, or he knows something about Belichick we don’t.

    Bad, bad look for him.

  2. 2018……….going out in style season for Bill and Tommy? 2018 should be A BLAST! Congratulations to the eagles BTW. Passionate fan base who FINALLY got a super bowl championship!

  3. It’s a shame that the Iggles first Super Bowl victory is overshadowed by all this Patriot crap in the national media ,,the iggles are the ones who deserve too be talked about

  4. elmerbrownelmerbrown says:
    February 6, 2018 at 7:59 pm
    It’s a shame that the Iggles first Super Bowl victory is overshadowed by all this Patriot crap in the national media ,,the iggles are the ones who deserve too be talked about
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    This.

    And Pat fan wonders why America has had enough of them.

  5. A guy makes a rational decision except for the money involved and is slammed. Football fans speak with fork tongue.

  6. So all the people claiming the dynasty was over because Belichick and McDaniels were leaving are now saying it’s over because they are staying. I did not see that coming.

  7. Belichick will loosen his reigns on the team next season, let josh call the shots, & collect a paycheck, & possibly final ring, without having to do too much.

  8. So they have already hired their next head coach before conducting any interviews with a minority canidate? The Raiders were destroyed by the media over this. The Patriots better get scutinized and criticized for this. Fire up the presses!

  9. Who the hell is Charean Williams and how does she know that Josh McDaniels’ decision to stay in New England almost assuredly includes some sort of language that guarantees him the Patriots’ head coaching job when Bill Belichick decides to call it quits? Maybe he found out that Andrew Luck is done. My son has had 2 labrum tear surgeries for the same injury and he still is re-habbing with little hope of ever fully recovering. And that involved 1 anchor in the labrum…Luck needed 4. McDaniels may be coach of the Patriots someday, but that wasn’t what factored into this decision.

  10. Josh might have turned the Colts down because he might not or might never have had a healthy Andrew Luck. Understood.

    If he EVER does end up getting the Patriots Head Coaching job…he wont have Brady or Jimmy G either.

  11. BB is closing in on the all time wins mark (a few more seasons for that) and could reasonably coach another decade based on history. (he’s only 65… some coach to 70)

    Nothing about the Patriots in the last few days makes much sense.

  12. tigerlilac says:

    February 6, 2018 at 8:04 pm

    A guy makes a rational decision except for the money involved and is slammed. Football fans speak with fork tongue.

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    He’s not being slammed for the decision he made he s being slammed for when he made it. It’s a real classless move to wait all through the playoffs when all the top guys are gone then tell a team nah nevermind I’m good.

  13. To me, this says one of two, or a combination of both. Andrew Luck’s shoulder is not good or this is Belichick’s final season (Maybe 2) and Josh is his replacement.

    It might be a bad look for Josh, but what is a better situation for him?

  14. Nice!
    Good for the Pats.
    Bad for the Colts.
    Karma for deflating that one intercepted football and then conning the league into thinking it was Brady’s doing.

  15. A bonus byproduct is this is a good way to get Indy back for the crap they started with Deflategate.

  16. elmerbrownelmerbrown says:
    February 6, 2018 at 7:59 pm
    It’s a shame that the Iggles first Super Bowl victory is overshadowed by all this Patriot crap in the national media ,,the iggles are the ones who deserve too be talked about
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    For once Patriot nation agrees with you. But there are too many that are more into piling on the Patriots for losing than praising the Iggles for winning. And now that the Patriots are moving on and planning personel for next year every little move is being jumped on for drama, mostly by those that want to interpret every little move as a sign of the end.

    Sorry Philly, you deserve better. For what its worth, in NE you are being heavily congratulated.

  17. ggreen657 says:

    February 6, 2018 at 8:06 pm

    Who the hell is Charean Williams and how does she know that Josh McDaniels’ decision to stay in New England almost assuredly includes some sort of language that guarantees him the Patriots’ head coaching job when Bill Belichick decides to call it quits? Maybe he found out that Andrew Luck is done. My son has had 2 labrum tear surgeries for the same injury and he still is re-habbing with little hope of ever fully recovering. And that involved 1 anchor in the labrum…Luck needed 4. McDaniels may be coach of the Patriots someday, but that wasn’t what factored into this decision.

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    Maybe it’s the fact that this move burns all bridges in the league of Josh McDaniels ever getting a head coach job outside of New England. First he have the fail stint in Denver and now he spurn the Colts after thinking for a month he was their guy, which the team announced and by many reports that he was already putting a coaching staff together for.

  18. I’m sure he was told that if he stays, he will be the next HC of the Patriots when Bill retires. This doesn’t make McDaniels or the Colts look good.

  19. Average Jow says “If Kraft told him he’d pay him HC $$ for half the responsibilities and headaches..why not stay?”

    Because a HC job is what most coaches want. The challenge, the ego, the control. Very few, if any, make it to this level based on the desire for money with little responsibility.

  20. jagsfan1 says:
    February 6, 2018 at 8:07 pm
    Josh might have turned the Colts down because he might not or might never have had a healthy Andrew Luck. Understood.

    If he EVER does end up getting the Patriots Head Coaching job…he wont have Brady or Jimmy G either.

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    No but he will have an organization that just keeps churning out that stuff. By now you Jags fans must have noticed the difference it makes when you have strong good management at the top.

  21. another angle i just thought about:

    Earlier during the playoffs, Belichick denied good friend Billy O’Brien from interviewing NICK CASERIO our Pro Player Personnel director and “GM”. McDaniels and Caserio are best friends going back to their college days. It was rumored last year that whoever signed McDaniels, would get Caserio as GM/vice versa…..writing was on the wall. Josh was not working without Nick. Now Bill has Josh, Nick, his son Steve, and other in house guys in place.

  22. It’s a real classless move to wait all through the playoffs when all the top guys are gone

    We’re a nation of 300 million people.

    Stop getting all your “top guys” from the good ol’ boy network.

  23. Im glad he is staying, but the way the Colts got handled is indeed pretty cold. I get it that they have a history of pulling underhanded stuff so Im cant get too much pity going here, but still they definately just got a blindside of their own this time around.

  24. He’d better have some language in his contract that he’ll be the next HC of the Patriots because he’s not getting a job outside of New England anytime soon. I can’t even see teams willing to interview him knowing that he strung the Colts along.

  25. I suspect this goes back to animosity around “DeflateGate”. And the Colts lead role in it. Brady, Belichick, McDaniel and Kraft got totally smeared by Grigson, Irsay and the boys from indy. PAYBACK!

  26. Like daddy, like egomaniac son.
    I don’t know what’s worse, resigning on a napkin or just not showing up for work.

    Colts will be scrambling but all Josh would be doing is bringing a can of gas to the dumpster fire. In the long run, better for them to find a real HC then to try and pluck from the tainted Beli tree.

  27. McDaniels = the bridge between Belichick Sr. and Belichick Jr. as future HC in New England.

    And Jack Moynahan as the 2030 franchise QB in NE!

    With new 2025 Pats ownership team—Brady, Bundchen, and Guerrero!!

  28. Pat fan better hope everything is on the level here. The organization is on the league radar for obvious reasons and if there’s something about this move they doesn’t smell right to the league get ready for the investigation and maybe feel some pain like you did twice with your first rounder.

  29. BB will retire after the 2019 season. Kraft said he knew BB’s plans. There is a rumor who the new DC is and who he is bringing with him. They worked together in TB. Greg Schiano is planning to bring University of Minnesota defensive coordinator Robb Smith with him to the Patriots.

  30. “burn every bridge in the league, ruining any chance ever of getting a head coaching job?”

    Have you *seen* the state of head coaching around the league?

    Have you *seen* the state of the Colts for the last decade?

    His phone will be ringing non-stop next postseason, bet on it.

  31. He’s afraid because he don’t know how to build a team. Hes a coward who wants a loaded team with a great qb. That’s why bill is supposedly a good coach. If bill coached the Browns for the last 18 years, he’d be tbought of as a terrible coach. But he has tom brady who’s won 5 superbowls so that brainwashed people into thinking bill is some great coach. Put bill on any of the worst 5 teams in the nfl and he’d be a nobody. When Brady retires, let’s see bill coach the bills, Jets or browns. He’d be fired or he’ll quit after a few years. Bill is an overrated clown. Anyone can win multiple superbowls with Tom Brady and the patriots. Jeff Fisher could’ve won 5 superbowls with Tom Brady after 18 years. If anything, I’ve seen bill choke away alot of games in the playoffs and superbowl with alot of bone headed decisions. Bill is extremely overrated. Thanks to brady, belicheats resume became respectable.

  32. elmerbrownelmerbrown says:
    February 6, 2018 at 7:59 pm
    It’s a shame that the Iggles first Super Bowl victory is overshadowed by all this Patriot crap in the national media ,,the iggles are the ones who deserve too be talked about

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    SO go to an Eagles story and talk about it, loser. But you CAN’T BECAUSE YOU HAVE JEALOUS EX GIRLFRIEND SYNDROME WHEN IT COMES TO THE PATRIOTS. You just can’t stay away. Like a little yip dog sniffing at a big dog’s butt, you just got to have your nose up in there all the time.

  33. Things are getting really ‘Game of Thrones’ in the NFL all of a sudden.

    Belichick puts Butler’s head on a spear for the Super Bowl crowd, McDaniels gives the Colts boardroom a Red Wedding, and Tom Brady’s looking around, all Jaime Lannister, wondering what the hell is going on and clicking “like” on Instagram posts.

    This is usually the part in the story when blood starts flying and “yay, the Starks…er, Eagles have won!” turns into “oh crap”.

  34. Josh might have turned the Colts down because he might not or might never have had a healthy Andrew Luck. Understood.

    If he EVER does end up getting the Patriots Head Coaching job…he wont have Brady or Jimmy G either.

    Or Jim Orsay.

  35. TheWizard says:
    February 6, 2018 at 8:25 pm
    It’s a real classless move to wait all through the playoffs when all the top guys are gone

    We’re a nation of 300 million people.

    Stop getting all your “top guys” from the good ol’ boy network.
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    Completely agree. Doug Pederson may have been a part of Andy Reid’s coaching tree, but he was spurned locally and nationally when the Eagles hired him as their head coach. Of the 7 new head coaches hired that year, Pederson was ranked 7th in a “expert poll” and obviously Mike Lombardi called him the “least qualified NFL head coach of the last decade”. Now he’s a Super Bowl champion coach and arguably should have won Coach of the Year. Diamonds in the rough are out there, teams just have to be willing to roll the dice in order to try and uncover them.

  36. FatBaba says:
    February 6, 2018 at 8:08 pm

    Bill B is likely walking away from Pats because of decision forced on him by Kraft.

    So, BB is angry that a player he didn’t play when NE controlled his contract, the QB that did play just won MVP and led NE to two straight Superbowls, that same QB gave NE a sweetheart deal where their cap hit was 13+ million for 2016 and 14 million for 2017, and where they can’t afford both? The decision was made Feb 2016. Ignorance of the salary cap and lack of common sense is amazing. BB isn’t a fool.

  37. Question for all the haters – would you want to work for Irsay? Think about it. Would you want to work in the most dysfunctional team in the NFL outside of Cleveland? Would you endanger your family relationships, take your four kids out of schools, away from friends to work for a franchise renowned for dysfunction? The Indi fans should take an objective view of their owner and realize that Irsay is the problem – not McDaniels who is a man that values his family above professional glory.

  38. One thing we all know without a doubt is that Josh McDaniels is a pathological liar. It’s been there when he was head coach of the Broncos and now. If your an assistant coach looking for work, you can’t trust this guys word. He’s a liar.

  39. TheWizard says:

    February 6, 2018 at 8:25 pm

    It’s a real classless move to wait all through the playoffs when all the top guys are gone

    We’re a nation of 300 million people.

    Stop getting all your “top guys” from the good ol’ boy network.

    _______________________________________

    Ask the Jaguars how being the last team to sign a coach worked out in 2013 when they signed Gus Bradley the 2nd worst head coach in the history of the NFL

    Sure there’s 300 million people in the world yet some how not even 32 of them can manage to be good head coaches at the same time.

  40. Oh yeah. This is payback. Yeah. Right. Colts dodged a bullet on this one and I think they should be happy the latest add from the “Belichick Tree” said no.

    Pats fans are delusional. Sorry Brady cheats.

  41. redandgoldhitman52 says:
    February 6, 2018 at 8:37 pm
    He’s afraid because he don’t know how to build a team. Hes a coward who wants a loaded team with a great qb. That’s why bill is supposedly a good coach. If bill coached the Browns for the last 18 years, he’d be tbought of as a terrible coach. But he has tom brady who’s won 5 superbowls so that brainwashed people into thinking bill is some great coach. Put bill on any of the worst 5 teams in the nfl and he’d be a nobody. When Brady retires, let’s see bill coach the bills, Jets or browns. He’d be fired or he’ll quit after a few years. Bill is an overrated clown. Anyone can win multiple superbowls with Tom Brady and the patriots. Jeff Fisher could’ve won 5 superbowls with Tom Brady after 18 years. If anything, I’ve seen bill choke away alot of games in the playoffs and superbowl with alot of bone headed decisions. Bill is extremely overrated. Thanks to brady, belicheats resume became respectable.

    Um yeah.. you do know the last time the Browns made the playoffs BB was the coach

    He rebuilt that roster and benched Kosar and in 3 seasons they won a playoff game.

    The they moved the team.
    Ozzie Newsone credits BB for laying the foundation for the Ravens 1st SB team in 2001

    But yeah guy, he’s “overrated”

    Like I posted earlier, Bill Walsh was 8-24 as a head coach BEFORE he got Montana in the 3rd round

  42. It’s a shame that the Iggles first Super Bowl victory is overshadowed by all this Patriot crap in the national media ,,the iggles are the ones who deserve too be talked about

    Blame Espn, they create all the fake drama. Us pats fans are sick of hearing about it more than anyone.

  43. The Patriots didn’t want the disruption of losing their OC and DC in the same year when their Championship window with Brady is open. They can’t really waste a year getting people on the same page at this point in Brady’s career. They are in win now mode. Thus, they made McDaniels a last minute offer/promise he couldn’t refuse.

  44. reddzen says:
    February 6, 2018 at 8:58 pm
    Oh yeah. This is payback. Yeah. Right. Colts dodged a bullet on this one and I think they should be happy the latest add from the “Belichick Tree” said no.

    Pats fans are delusional. Sorry Brady cheats.

    ————————
    Pats fans arent delusional, you were the one saying how great McDaniels was and how cooked the Pats were for losing him. You were celebrating it as the beginning of the end. And now that he is staying you are completely reversing yourself.

  45. Makes sense. Belichick will have told McDaniels the truth, which is that good ownership is vital to head-coaching success (see Jets resignation). Irsay is a renowned train-wreck. McDaniels was wise to avoid working for Irsay at all costs.

    This, plus the news that Luck may need more surgery… why would McDaniels uproot his family for that fracas? He made the only prudent decision.

  46. FatBaba says:
    February 6, 2018 at 8:08 pm
    Bill B is likely walking away from Pats because of decision forced on him by Kraft.
    ———————-

    Actually it was the looming trade deadline that forced that trade, not Kraft. If the deadline had passed they were going to lose him for nothing.

  47. He learned this from Bill when he walked on the Jets. We do what we want, we don’t care what the rest of the league thinks. We have our set of rules…..

  48. Speaking of classless…

    I guess most current Colts fans are too young to remember how the owner loaded up the trucks, and sneaked out of Baltimore, in the middle of the night.

    Could it be, that what goes around, comes around?

  49. Good move. I never understood. Save for a whole lot of money, why on earth wouldn’t he want to be on board with the next cheating scheme BB, Brady and Ernie Adams have concocted for the offense?

  50. This is clearly payback for what Irsay did to the Pats. Kraft more than likely made an offer to Josh he couldn’t refuse. This is Kraft’s way of sticking it to Irsay. Irsay got what he deserved! No one in New England has any remorse for the Colts organization.

  51. I haven’t seen any mention of the Colts being compliant with the Rooney Rule. JM is obviously not a minority. Moot point, they didn’t get him anyway.

  52. 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.

  53. tylawspick6 says:
    February 6, 2018 at 8:39 pm
    Good move. I never understood, save for a whole lot of money, why on earth he would want to go and fail there.

    ****************************************************************************

    Exactly. He’d be like all of the other coaches that come out of the Pats system — they all just go places and fail. I mean, who wants to do that.

  54. Being an old fan of the BALTIMORE Colts, to me this is a continuation of the curse laid upon the colts when they left BALTIMORE. This franchise is a trainwreck now.

    Is this payback for ‘the strange case of the deflated balls?’ No one can really be sure, but that is a nice thought.

  55. Glad he’s staying. It’ll be fun watching defenses knock the ball out of Brady’s hand and seeing Brady pretending to throw something that isn’t there.

  56. elmerbrownelmerbrown says:
    February 6, 2018 at 7:59 pm
    It’s a shame that the Iggles first Super Bowl victory is overshadowed by all this Patriot crap in the national media ,,the iggles are the ones who deserve too be talked about

    Why, so that the Eagles can have their bandwagon fans/Patriot haters turn on them?

    Should be entertaining, watching those who painted themselves green with envy change their spots, again.

    When Philly wins again then we will hear from those with many names.

  57. I don’t think the “Iggles” super bowl win is being over shadowed by the news about Josh McDaniels. It’s a big story, and it would be just as big if any other coaching candidate changed his mind about taking the job. All the Patriots haters out there just can’t get over themselves. I’m guessing you’re all Jets fans, sore losers and jealous that you can’t beat the Pats.

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