Agent chastises McDaniels for not taking Colts job

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At a time when some think Colts G.M. Chris Ballard may part ways with the agent who represents both Ballard and not-quite Colts coach Josh McDaniels, McDaniels may want to reconsider his relationship with Bob Lamonte, too.

According to Mike Garafolo of NFL Media, Lamonte told McDaniels that he was “making perhaps the biggest professional mistake of his career” by bailing on the Colts.

If Lamonte truly believes that (in other words, if he isn’t simply doing damage control), Lamonte should fire his client. And if McDaniels thinks that Lamonte leaked this warning in order to allow Lamonte to engage in damage control, McDaniels should fire his agent.

As one source said in the immediate aftermath of the McDaniels news emerging on Tuesday night, this one quickly will become a “major storm of sh-t.” And it has.

51 responses to “Agent chastises McDaniels for not taking Colts job

  1. McDaniels is simply a meal ticket to that agent….a big commission was lost..I doubt the agent really cares and is really sincere…most agents only care about the $$$

  2. If he already represented McDaniel, the agent is getting a “commission”. The agent is probably covering himself for what McDaniel did in order to protect his own credibility. I don’t think what McDaniel did was right, but I never thought the Colts job was a good fit for him, especially if there was no ironclad guarantee that Luck would be healthy. Tennessee yes, Indy no.

  3. Don’t you think McD took all this into consideration before making this move? Call him what you will, but he’s not an idiot. The very fact that he did this tells me three things:

    (1) that he is fairly secure in knowing that he will be succeeding Bill Belichick.

    (2) he values the job in NE far more than the one in Indy and he’s willing to risk everything for the opportunity to become the Pats head coach.

    (3) he knows how short the memories of onwers and fans are and that he’ll still have opportunities in the future if the Pats keep winning, regardless of what people are saying at the moment.

  4. No agent worth his salt would chastise his client publicly, especially since, if again, he is worth a damn, should know exactly where his client is in his decision process at all times.

  5. The only mistake McDaniels made was even considering that dumpster fire to begin with. You don’t give up the last few years of the greatest QB/coach/dynasty the league has ever seen to lead a team with a terrible owner and a QB who’s damaged goods ..luckily for him, he woke up before making an epic mistake.

  6. A MAN IS ONLY AS GOOD AS HIS WORD !!! This individual is still wet behind the ears and personally I don’t believe he will succeed without BBS apron strings tied to him. THE PATRIOTS CAN HAVE HIM !!!!”

  7. It was indeed a mistake. No one in the league Will hire McDaniel to HC job now. Especialy If NE is in the playoffs. Who would risk waiting NE Lost to hire McDaniel now?

  8. Nobody knows the details on this issue. It’s all speculation. Irsay is no ‘lily white owner. Possibly Kraft told Josh he’s be the HC when BB retires. Who knows. WE KNOW NOTHING!

  9. First, McDaniels can forget about EVER getting any job with any team except the Patriots. He already had a black mark on his record because of his utter failure with the Broncos and now this? Classy.

    I think if New England hires him when Belichick retires they’re going to regret it. He’s no Bill. His success is only the result of being on a team under Belichick’s leadership and Tom Brady at QB. Take away those two and McDaniels is clueless.

  10. Did the agent screwed up?
    “You will never work in this town again” is really a screechy reaction.

    Behind the scenes, word may be the agent can’t be trusted?
    So agent is in a panic, spreading blame and FUD.

    Colts should be aware it isn’t a deal until the paper is signed.
    Why the big hurry to announce?

  11. rsmith5588 says:
    February 7, 2018 at 10:08 am
    McDaniels is simply a meal ticket to that agent….a big commission was lost..I doubt the agent really cares and is really sincere…most agents only care about the $$$

    —-

    Not actually true. Depends on the agent. I don’t know this one from Adam but many agents and recruiters develop real relationships with their clients and try to steer them in the right direction. He also happens to be right about McD’s bonehead move. I don’t care what you are “promised” in terms of your future. Promises aren’t always kept and eventually you are going to want to have someone look at your character and integrity and say “worth hiring.” He has damaged that forever, and after Denver, he didn’t need another black mark. Typical Patriots arrogance thinking the grass is always greener in New England.

  12. Everyone seems to be piling on Josh here without a full story.
    Guess that’s what makes the media cycle go round these days. Speculation and innuendo.

  13. Yes I am an Indy homer, but as an Indy homer I know that Irsay doesn’t run the team (that apparently many on here believe). While he certainly has had some challenges in his personal life, he is certainly a hands-off owner and let’s the GM do the work (unless of course the GM is failing). So these arguments that McDaniels shouldn’t go to the Colts because of Irsay, is laughable and uninformed at best.

  14. fmaluf says:
    February 7, 2018 at 10:41 am
    It was indeed a mistake. No one in the league Will hire McDaniel to HC job now. Especialy If NE is in the playoffs. Who would risk waiting NE Lost to hire McDaniel now?
    ………………………………………………………………………………..
    New England

  15. WE KNOW NOTHING…sorry, we know that McDaniels verbally accepted the Head Coach’s position with the Colts, and actually hired Assistant Coaches for that staff…then he claimed a “mulligan”. Have a feeling this is not going to end well with either McDaiels or the Patriots…

  16. To all of the folks on here saying McDaniel will never get another interview because of this “classless” move…can you please show me where he actually came out and said that he was taking the job? Him, not the Colts. I’ll wait…

    You’re hatred of the Pats is showing with all of this speculation – perhaps after the SB he had another conversation with the Colts which went poorly, perhaps he’s learned that Luck is farther away than the Colts have reported (surprise there, since they didn’t know last year that he was broken) – the fact is, no one knows that happened yet everyone is quick to kill the guy over their prejudices against the Pats.

  17. All those saying McD must be certain he’s getting the Pats HC gig once BB leaves are overlooking one question: does he have it in writing? After all, McD backed out on the Colts after terms were negotiated and some assistants were hired and had started working in Indy. Now that McD gave up all his leverage, and given that the Rooney Rule does exist, watch the Pats pull a McD and say “never mind.”

  18. i agree with mcdaniels when considering whether to work for kraft or irsay, and expect a head coaching position was promised. but that arrangement didn’t work out so good with parcells and belichick the last time.

    my beef here is that he went to two interviews and left the colts hanging for three weeks for no apparent reason. this is why lamonte (who represents so many coaches one commission isn’t making or breaking his business) had to come out with this as it looks to other owners like he was part of this mcdaniels clown show. add this to drafting tebow when he did and his tenure in denver and who other than kraft would hire this guy?

  19. First off, he definitely screwed his agent too. Out of money and reputation. So this is expected.

    Second, winning fixes everything. If McDaniels becomes the HC of the Patriots and wins then everyone will want him just like B.B. despite his mixup with the Jets.

  20. terripet says:
    February 7, 2018 at 10:08 am
    He will regret his decision one day

    ——————–

    I’m sure he regrets even considering taking a job with such a dysfunctional franchise.

  21. The Colts just got lucky. McDaniels is a joke and obviously still too immature to handle the job of head coach. I would love to see him succeed Belichick, that will end the Patriots

  22. If McDaniels wasn’t 100 percent ready to leave NE, he should not have interviewed. Period. That’s not Irsay, Ballard or the agent’s fault.
    If Kraft wanted to match the offer to keep McDaniels, he should have done so much earlier in the process.
    If Kraft encouraged McDaniels to break his commitment to the Colts anytime in the last 24-48 hours, that is sleezy.

  23. LOL at all the anti-agent material. To burn an employer this bad in public no less, of course would give anyone reservations about ever making McDaniels another job offer in the future. He’s done anywhere else outside of NE.

  24. McDaniels knows if he leaves the Patriots he’ll be forced to blow the lid on that den of cheaters. He obviously doesn’t have the stomach to come clean just yet.

  25. Time to fire your agent Josh. He may be upset that you did a better job negotiating your new deal than he could have.

  26. If he wants to change his mind, that is he s right until he signs the contract. But he screwed three assistant coaches and their families. That is beyond wrong.

  27. Belichick and Brady have 2 years tops.. The NFL will want to see them go out with one more which will make #6!!! If they win 2018/2019 season, they both retire!

  28. Crappy move by McD. That said, the agent should not be saying anything public. I’m sure he feels blindsided also but the remedy is to simply cut ties rather than disparage a client (even though the client deserves criticism)

  29. ExitStrategy says:
    February 7, 2018 at 10:17 am
    Don’t you think McD took all this into consideration before making this move? Call him what you will, but he’s not an idiot. The very fact that he did this tells me three things:
    (1) that he is fairly secure in knowing that he will be succeeding Bill Belichick.
    (2) he values the job in NE far more than the one in Indy and he’s willing to risk everything for the opportunity to become the Pats head coach.
    (3) he knows how short the memories of onwers and fans are and that he’ll still have opportunities in the future if the Pats keep winning, regardless of what people are saying at the moment.
    ==========================================================================================
    Of course McD is an idiot. If he had taken these things into consideration, he never would have come to terms on the job, let alone even interviewed. He may be a good OC, but judging from his tenure in Denver and his poor decision-making exhibited here, he’s probably not a guy you’d want to trust to coach your team. Clearly, he’s not someone you can count on and not a man of his word.

  30. grumpysal says:

    February 7, 2018 at 11:00 am

    To all of the folks on here saying McDaniel will never get another interview because of this “classless” move…can you please show me where he actually came out and said that he was taking the job? Him, not the Colts. I’ll wait…

    You’re hatred of the Pats is showing with all of this speculation – perhaps after the SB he had another conversation with the Colts which went poorly, perhaps he’s learned that Luck is farther away than the Colts have reported (surprise there, since they didn’t know last year that he was broken) – the fact is, no one knows that happened yet everyone is quick to kill the guy over their prejudices against the Pats.

    ___________

    Maybe the fact that the Colts GM came out and said that they had an agreement and idk maybe it could be that he was already putting together a staff that 3 assistants already signed their contracts. Your homer for the Patriots is showing because all the signs are there.

    Your speculating now because guess what Josh McDaniels would never know what shape Andrew Luck is in without agreeing to the job, do you really think a team would release medical reports on a player to somebody that is not on the staff?

  31. Lamonte should fire McDaniels. Indy was a bird in the hand. Has Bob Kraft said McDaniels is the heir apparent to Belichick? If so, then Kraft isn’t as savvy as I’d thought. McDaniels is no Belichick. Constructing a winning offense isn’t so difficult when you’re building around Tom Brady. But what did he do when left to his own devices? He gave up draft picks to bring in Tim Tebow–a nice guy who can’t read defenses and doesn’t have the throwing motion to make an NFL quarterback. If he didn’t want to leave New England, he shouldn’t have jumped on the coaching carousel, leaving Indy scrambling to recover–yet another demonstration that his decision-making abilities are sub-par.

  32. Kraft doesn’t seem like the petty type so I don’t believe the angle of it’s payback for deflategate. However, I do question his timing. It’s obvious Kraft didn’t want to lose Josh so why not have this conversation before the playoffs and put this pending contingency in place before? I don’t blame Josh for wanting the Pats job at a later date than the Colts but I don’t like how he went so deep as to hire assistant coaches and then pull out at the last second. It’s classless and unprofessional and will most certainly have future consequences if the Pats job doesn’t work out.

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