Report: Bob Lamonte fires Josh McDaniels

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The Colts wanted to hire him, and now his agent is firing him.

According to Dan Graziano of ESPN.com, agent Bob Lamonte is terminating his relationship with Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels.

Lamonte represented both McDaniels and Colts G.M. Chris Ballard throughout the process, and it’s was Lamonte’s responsibility to thread the needle and/or land the plane. He failed, either because he didn’t know his client well enough or he wasn’t paying enough attention to the warning signs before telling his other client, Ballard, that everything would be OK.

Regardless, it appears that Lamonte is breaking up with McDaniels before McDaniels can break up with Lamonte. Anyone else who is represented by Lamonte, or who is considering hiring him, should be paying close attention to Lamonte’s role in this mess — and his apparent effort to shirk any and all responsibility for it by trying to pin it all on his client through leaks to the media.

What Lamonte should be doing is defending McDaniels. The fact that Lamonte represents Ballard as well makes that impossible — a fact that should open the eyes of plenty of coaches and General Managers to the rampant conflicts of interest among the small handful of agents who represent the bulk of the people who run NFL teams.

122 responses to “Report: Bob Lamonte fires Josh McDaniels

  1. What McDaniels did here is unexcusable for ALL of the NFL. It’s almost like this was a payback for the Deflategate. His agent should have fired his client. Despicable on McDaniels part.

  2. I find it extremely hard to believe that Lamonte Negotiated terms with the Colts and told them that McD was all in on a hunch without getting confirmation from McD.

  3. Josh should reap the consequences of his actions amungst all his peers….
    His type tants the business and affects future deals for others!

  4. Or, ya know, Josh lied to him and played him too.

    Not like Josh is the Pope, he’s been underhanded in the past. He plays along and then does a runner…

  5. Sure McDaniels behaved poorly; however, the best agents are the ones that are never seen nor heard, and there’s been entirely too much seeing and hearing of Lamonte.

  6. He should have stayed with Josh, as his commission off Josh will be more than he would have gotten from Ballard, as Josh will be in the league another 15 or more years. Ballard will be gone from Jimmy Irsays crap show in 4 years, as Colts will be nothing without Andrew Luck.

  7. How can he fairly represent clients on both sides of the table? I assume he then get more commission if successful – seems like such a conflict of interest.

  8. the colts are better off. he wasn’t all in on this from the beginning. same thing with munchy at the cards at least he backed out before 2nd interview.

  9. Yes, my dog-sitter is firing me too. There can’t be too many dog-sitters around, right?

    Hey Colts: Getting a signature is important! PFT told us on Sunday that Josh was having second thoughts. Guess what, he was still Kraft’s employee, and both Kraft and BB stepped up to the plate.

    That the Colts tried to shame him into going there by jumping the gun and announcing the deal, as well as hiring assistants, is despicable. Well.. it’s COLTISH.

    Good for Josh, for making the right decision.

  10. It’s okay to throw the Deflategate storyline in there, because that would be the perfect payback, but I’m pretty sure this was more about McDaniels’ family, more money, and being where he is comfortable. No, what he did was not done right, but if his agent couldn’t see that there was doubt, like McDaniels not signing anything, that’s on him.

  11. Oh boy now McDaniels will have to give his money to someone else. By the way, isnt it the agents responsibility to look out for a cliants best interest? Not wanting to go coach a horrible team with no certainty on the QB situation is a bad move? Maybe a bad move for the agent. This makes me wonder if Luck is done?

  12. Ballard: I mean it – delete his number, his text messages…are those photos?

    Lamonte: I’m working on it! Geez.

  13. dabears62 says:
    February 7, 2018 at 1:51 pm
    He should have stayed with Josh, as his commission off Josh will be more than he would have gotten from Ballard
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    Perhaps.

    The only team that will even touch McDaniels now though is the Pats. Not like he will be negotiating from a position of power on salary.

    If he flames out in 2-3 years after getting the Pats big chair, then Josh is pretty screwed.

  14. “Fire” or he quit?

    Still an awful look for McDaniels. Nobody will ever hire or trust this guy again. A stunt like this proves you’re not trustworthy.

  15. “What Lamonte should be doing is defending McDaniels.”

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    You can’t defend the indefensible. This is all on McDaniels. I seriously doubt any of the other thirty teams in the league will ever take a look at McDaniels. He has to hope that everything works out for him and the Patriots. If not, college is his only option, and I seriously doubt he would be able to work there.

    Being the potential dude that takes over after Belichick leaves, and to have to look for Brady’s eventual replacement at starting QB, is a tall task. I seriously doubt he is up to the challenge.

  16. dabears62 says:
    February 7, 2018 at 1:51 pm
    He should have stayed with Josh, as his commission off Josh will be more than he would have gotten from Ballard
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    And you know this how?

  17. I think McDaniels definitely could’ve handled the whole thing better, but I also believe that we are making a bigger deal out of this than what exists.
    Let’s say I go to a car dearlership to buy a car, I take it for a test drive, negotiate a price, even tell the Dealership that I want to buy it. Maybe I even say that I’d want them to install a car-starter. The Dealership even rings the “we just sold another one” bell. But then, I find something in the paperwork that I hadn’t noticed (flood damage, whatever). Should I still be obligated to follow through with signing the contract?
    I don’t want to rush to judgement until I hear from McDaniels exactly why he walked away. Luck’s shoulder? Irsay?
    Ultimately, I think it’s just an unfortunate situation, but not one that necessitates the level of animosity that I’ve seen thus far.

  18. One day Josh will become head coach of the Pats and he won’t have Brady and he will screw everything up. He will be fired and fade of into the sunset never to be heard from at the NFL level again. The man clearly is a snake with no character.

  19. I wonder, beyond rumor and partisan loyalty, what the real story is here.

    Did the agent promise a commitment that the coach wasn’t ready to make?

    Did the coach tell the agent to do all the dirty work?

    Seems like the Agent had to do a lot of legwork while Coach McDaniels was busy with the Superbowl, so it’s not inconceivable that messages got mixed up.

    The more adult way to handle this, even without an agreement, would have been to sit in a room and resolve what went wrong before the gossip hounds took a hold of this.

  20. Josh made the right decision. Why would he want to work for a bunch of traitors that colluded with the Ravens and the NFL front office to frame Brady for DeflateGate and conduct a bogus sting operation? Even the Colts players that turned in the allegedly deflated ball now says the whole thing was a joke. Kraft is still waiting for his apology from Goodell

  21. Until you see all the terms in a contract you CANNOT agree to it and you cannot be said to have agreed to it UNTIL you signed it.

    Why is this so hard to understand? The Colts jumped the gun, perhaps to put leverage on Josh to sign a deal he did not want, and now look stupid. Period.

  22. “No one will trust or hire McDaniels again”

    No I’m sure McDaniels will be fine, if he decides to leave again next offseason you better believe his phone will be ringing, it’s not like there are so many good coaches just out there, look at the Colts now barely able to find someone.

    As for trust, Colts are the stupid ones for making it all public before they even had him sign anything. Future team will just wait until it’s in a binding contract before expecting something or trusting just a ‘verbal agreement’.

  23. McDaniels ruined his chance at ever being a headcoach ever again. If he becomes the Patriots headcoach in the future, it will be when Brady retires. He’ll get exposed as a horrible coach and he’ll be fired after 3 years of missing the playoffs. McDaniels will go down as a crappy coach who’s word can’t be trusted and as the guy who drafted tim tebow. He’ll be blackballed for good reason. Good riddance. The nfl needs respectable men with integrity , not young untrustworthy dbags who can’t keep their word and lie to everyone.

  24. Yes no question mcdaniles last minute change puts the Colts in a bind but keep in mind the colts had choices too and could have just as easily picked someone who would not be tied up in the super bowl, playoffs etc.
    So they have some blame to but the thing that may have united them is the agent trying to play both sides at the same time. Like selling a house for a commission to the buyer whose home your also selling. You win twice

  25. The NFL owners have become greedy at the direction of Goodell. Hello…it’s a business! That’s what players say when they’re ‘dumped’ and when owners pick up and leave a fan base developed through decades by a flawed “RELOCATION” policy. Look at Spanos and Davis. It’s all about the money so Irsay and that crowd are getting a taste of their own medicine. Good going Josh!

  26. bradygirl12 says:

    February 7, 2018 at 1:57 pm

    It’s okay to throw the Deflategate storyline in there, because that would be the perfect payback, but I’m pretty sure this was more about McDaniels’ family, more money, and being where he is comfortable. No, what he did was not done right, but if his agent couldn’t see that there was doubt, like McDaniels not signing anything, that’s on him

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    He is unable to sign a contract until the end of the Patriots season. Not even a letter of intent. The only thing they had was a verbal deal. And as the old saying goes “My handshake is my word, and its as strong as oak”.

    McDaniels bailed on his word. That’s deplorable. If I were any NFL organization, his name would be removed from any part of possible opportunity in the future. He led the Colts to believe they no longer needed to search for a coach. Now they have to restart the whole process, and he is solely responsible.

    This is 100% on McDaniels if he did give his word.

  27. horsepedlr says:
    February 7, 2018 at 1:54 pm

    the colts are better off. he wasn’t all in on this from the beginning. same thing with munchy at the cards at least he backed out before 2nd interview.
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    He had a second interview, plus he had picked his assistant coaches already. That sounds like being all in to me.

  28. exinsidetrader says:
    February 7, 2018 at 2:06 pm

    Until you see all the terms in a contract you CANNOT agree to it and you cannot be said to have agreed to it UNTIL you signed it.

    Why is this so hard to understand? The Colts jumped the gun, perhaps to put leverage on Josh to sign a deal he did not want, and now look stupid. Period.
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    Wrong. Teams do this all the time. They agreed on a deal, he even selected his assistant coaches. He never bothered to tell anyone, even his agent, that he was having meetings with Kraft and then threw the bombshell on everyone.

    This is all on McDaniels, no one else. Period.

  29. How can you say he failed?

    Is there not a possibility that McDaniel’s said/did all the right things and then just jumped ship at the last minute?

    I don’t have all the details but seems like that could’ve been the case.

  30. wallabear says:
    February 7, 2018 at 2:10 pm

    No team will EVER hire McDaniels for a Head Coach position again lol
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    Unless the entire reason he stayed was to replace Belichick next year or the year after.

  31. “McDaniels ruined his chance at ever being a headcoach ever again. ”

    Disagree totally. As long as the Pats keep winning with him as OC there will be further interest. I expect there are quite a few other owners that look at the Colts announcing him as HC before he ever signed as a very foolish thing to do. A lot of people are mad at Josh but the Colts hold an element of responsibility too.

    Besides, he made what, 10-15 million from the Donks, has made several more millions as the Pats and Rams OC, and no doubt got a hefty raise from the Krafts to stay in Boston. Even if he’s never offered a job by another NFL team he’s set for life and got to stick it to the Colts in a pretty big way.

  32. Josh owns it now and will pay for it later. He will either get his shot with the Patriots and likely fail miserably (presumably without Brady), or they’ll cut him (they have less integrity than he does) and when he does hit the market again – he will make the opportunities for Kaepernick look like a bidding war.

  33. thudspeth says:
    February 7, 2018 at 1:58 pm
    Oh boy now McDaniels will have to give his money to someone else. By the way, isnt it the agents responsibility to look out for a cliants best interest? Not wanting to go coach a horrible team with no certainty on the QB situation is a bad move? Maybe a bad move for the agent. This makes me wonder if Luck is done?

    \\\\\\\\\\\

    An NFL coaching job is now a bad move? Even with a bad team? So now it’s the agents lack of looking out for his client that he wanted him to take a job making millions a year coaching a kids game? Gimme a break.

    I do wonder if Josh got some inside info on Luck and said Hell no!

  34. Bob Lamonte and Josh McDaniels both have well established reputations around the league. I’m guessing there would be plenty of support for Lamonte. Not so much for McDaniels.

  35. I think this says something about how McDaniels went about the whole situation if Lamonte is ending the relationship.

  36. Did we all forget the Hoody did the worse to the Jets?? I believe it worked out for him, and the Jets still haven’t gotten their stuff together since.. McDaniels never signed a deal, the Colts tried to hit him off at the pass and announce him their coach without the deal.

    Rumors are spreading like wildfire Luck might need ANOTHER surgery on his shoulder. McDaniels did what was best for him. I could care less for the Pats but until Josh signed a deal I don’t see what was wrong here.. Players do it all the time…

  37. johngaltwho says:

    February 7, 2018 at 2:20 pm

    Josh owns it now and will pay for it later. He will either get his shot with the Patriots and likely fail miserably (presumably without Brady), or they’ll cut him (they have less integrity than he does) and when he does hit the market again – he will make the opportunities for Kaepernick look like a bidding war.

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    Obviously, he is willing to take all the heat that’s coming to him, in exchange for job security and being OC of a dynasty and not HC of a hot mess in Indy. He will be a Pat’s lifer. The Krafts’ will see to it.

  38. MTLighthouse69 says:
    February 7, 2018 at 2:00 pm
    “What Lamonte should be doing is defending McDaniels.”

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    You can’t defend the indefensible. This is all on McDaniels. I seriously doubt any of the other thirty teams in the league will ever take a look at McDaniels.

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    Dave McGinnis got 4 other jobs after his Bears sage. He retired due to old age. BB got a job with the Pats and could have any job he wants if he decided to move on despite his day 1 resignation as “HC of the NYJ”. Parcells did it to Tampa Bay TWICE, is now 76 years old, and until a couple of years ago teams were still chasing him.

  39. Did we all forget the Hoody did the worse to the Jets??
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    The owner died
    Belichick wanted no part of the new ownership group
    Pats surrendered compensation for him

    Don’t see a problem there.

  40. Lamonte is saving face as an agent. He knows McDaniels has no use for him now that he has some kind of assurance (maybe in writing) from Kraft that he is the heir apparent to Belichick. Lamonte is doing this for current and future clients.

  41. I agree that no team ever SHOULD trust McDaniels in the future, but this is the NFL. Before too long we’ll have a year where 10 coaches get the axe, and all will be forgotten in Cleveland or Arizona or one of the other teams that have historically made poor hiring decisions.

  42. Whether the Colts are better off or not is really not important. What is important is that McDaniels, a failed former head coach, is not to be trusted. He is a petulant egomaniac who toyed with his close friends livelihood by spurning him after the other candidate Ballard wanted was hired away by another franchise. One thing is for certain however, the smarmy way the Pats do business will be safe long after the hoody decides he is done.

  43. McDaniels has the right to be wherever he wants. I’m sure he’s happy Lamonte is gone. Sounds to me like the Colts job may have been more of what Lamonte wanted than what McDaniels wanted.

  44. stampnhawk says:
    February 7, 2018 at 2:01 pm
    Agent had to figure out who to tie his horse to, the NFL exec or the coach.
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    Of those two options, which one has the authority to hire his other clients and thus not negatively impact his own future income stream?

  45. Actually, the old saying about a handshake agreement is that it’s worth the paper it’s written on. McDaniels is a tool for reneging but the Colts are fools for opening their yaps when they had nothing in writing. If there’s not a signed contract then there’s no contract. Reneging on a handshake agreement is not cool; it’s a d-bag move. It’s also perfectly legal. So where does that leave us? Talking about d-bag and some fools.

  46. mrkbuilders says:
    February 7, 2018 at 1:46 pm
    Lol…yea, ok.

    Agents don’t fire, they get fired.

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    Tell that to Johnny Manziel.

  47. what most people on here are missing, is the fact that McDaniels had already hired some assistant coaches, now the colts and those coaches are stuck with each, and the new coach may not want those coaches, so if anybody jumped the gun, it was Mcdaniels, whatever bad comes his way, he will richly deserve it.

  48. I don’t understand how this is LaMonte’s fault. McDaniels was hiring coordinators two days ago, guys who may still be under contract to Indy.

    LaMonte is the most powerful coaching agent in the business he probably represents at least 10 NFL head coaches and probably that many general managers as well.

    No way is this LaMonte’s fault. He stuck with McDaniels after he was a trainwreck in Denver, so this notion that he’s not loyal is absurd.

  49. Let’s take a look at the facts:

    1. The Colts claimed that McDaniels was their coach when he obviously hadn’t agreed to be, otherwise they would have legal recourse.

    2. The media irresponsibly put forth every possible theory and discussed them as fact to the point of contradicting themselves with their own conjecture, making absolute buffoons out of themselves. (nothing new there I guess)

    3. McDaniels’ agent throws him under the bus by leaking a derogatory comment about his client to the media.

    Those are the known facts. It is highly likely that McDaniels told the Colts that he would make his decision after the season, and had only agreed to provide opinion on hirings in the interim.

    This is an absolute failure of the Colts to not demand a firm commitment from someone they wished to hire. They then turn around and pin their failure on the individual that never made a commitment to them. Do we really need to wonder why he chose not to go there?

  50. Thretosix says:
    February 7, 2018 at 2:54 pm
    McDaniels has the right to be wherever he wants.
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    So do the assistants he wanted hired….and left them high & dry.
    Typical ME mentality.

  51. It seems like an incredible conflict of interest in that the GM and the probable coach have the same agent. Oh well, it’s not an issue anymore.

  52. I for one am glad Josh did what he did. I never understood why he would even consider going to Indy after the Deflategate mess. Why in the world would someone want to work with Irsay anyway? Colts should not have hired other coaches UNTIL the ink was dry on Josh’s contract. Business 101. I think McDaniels wanted to punk the Colts, simple as that.

  53. wasn’t there a time when coaches for play-off teams were restricted from interviewing for positions with other teams until after the coach’s team were eliminated or won the super bowl? If that’s not correct, it should be. No coach on a play-off team should ever be considering a future position until his current position is completed.

  54. bradygirl12 says:
    February 7, 2018 at 2:34 pm
    johngaltwho says:

    Obviously, he is willing to take all the heat that’s coming to him, in exchange for job security and being OC of a dynasty and not HC of a hot mess in Indy. He will be a Pat’s lifer. The Krafts’ will see to it.

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    You do know that dynasties end don’t you? The Broncos appeared in back to back superbowls in 97 and 98 and then Elway retired. They returned 17 years later. The Pats had a great run. McDaniels just put all his eggs in one precariously balanced basket.

  55. I am not sure I understand the point you are trying to make here. An agents reputation is on the line whenever they sign deals. This is why some agents have bad reputations and at times people don’t want to deal with the client because of their agent.
    I believe Rosenhaus has this type of effect on some GMs. So when an Agent gives his or her word, they are doing it because their client gave them the power to do so. And if a client decides to go rogue it can tarnish the Agent and make it difficult for other GMs to do business with him/her, when the coach next time isn’t named McDaniels, which in-turn will affect the Agent’s ability to make money.

    This was a good decision. No different than a Lawyer firing a client that makes their job more difficult by doing as they please.

  56. Josh is a POS. He dug his own grave. He better pray that Kraft sticks with him after Bill B because he’s not working anywhere else as a HC in his career.

  57. rugolin says:
    February 7, 2018 at 2:48 pm
    Josh McDaniels karma will take a turn when Brady leaves the game and they never find another franchise QB for a couple of decades.
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    Both SF and Indy hope you are wrong.

  58. Business is full of risk. Ballard took a risk and got burned. Happens every day. Lamonte took a risk and put himself in a precarious position when both parties are his clients. It made the transaction more personal. You’re all dumping on McDaniels when the truth is all three of them contributed, McDaniels the least because he never signed anything. What if McDaniels turned down the offer from the get go, would Ballard have canned Lamonte for failing to deliver? ummmm yes. It’s a dirty business. Get over yourselves and the moral high ground you’re standing on.

  59. “Josh McDaniels karma will take a turn when Brady leaves the game and they never find another franchise QB for a couple of decades.”

    Lol people who make predictions like that are usually disappointed. And what makes you think Bill won’t “retire” to just the GM duties if Josh becomes HC?

  60. greggallmansliver says:

    February 7, 2018 at 3:50 pm

    Business is full of risk. Ballard took a risk and got burned. Happens every day. Lamonte took a risk and put himself in a precarious position when both parties are his clients. It made the transaction more personal. You’re all dumping on McDaniels when the truth is all three of them contributed, McDaniels the least because he never signed anything. What if McDaniels turned down the offer from the get go, would Ballard have canned Lamonte for failing to deliver? ummmm yes. It’s a dirty business. Get over yourselves and the moral high ground you’re standing on.

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    Explain to me how the Colts organization hired a hand picked staff on McDaniels say if he turned down the offer from the get go?

  61. That the Colts tried to shame him into going there by jumping the gun and announcing the deal, as well as hiring assistants, is despicable.

    I doubt the Colts were responsible for hiring the assistants. At a minimum they would have sought the approval of McDaniel before hiring theses assistants. Also, isn’t one of those assistants a former defensive assistant of New England? What a pal McDaniel must be to let an assistant on his former team sign a contract with the team he verbally committed to and then leave him hanging.

    You defenders of this guy can attempt to justify his actions any way you want but the bottom line is he presented false intentions to people who trusted him and then he abandoned them. Not my idea of a person with integrity!!

  62. “what most people on here are missing, is the fact that McDaniels had already hired some assistant coaches, now the colts and those coaches are stuck with each”

    Hilariously, didn’t he hire Dave Gugliano (not sure of spelling on last name), one of the worst Oline coaches in the league. He double stuck it to them lolz

  63. A contractor/consultant, I have been told, “you’re hired” “you’re in” “they want you” “you start Monday” only to learn “the hiring manager left the company” “the budget was cut” or “the project was shelved” or “we placed someone from within the organization”….”don’t come in Monday, there’s been a change”

    I am not wild about how Josh went about this…and how it may have adversely affected the coaches and others dependent on him….
    But I am way past tired of the one way treatment this kind of stuff gets reported.
    Corporations trash people left and right… no problem
    They get bent over?
    The world has to hear about it.

    …and the Colts?
    I can hear the world’s smallest violin in the background

  64. Now this is entertainment. I love McDaniels! I’ve already forgotten about the Superbowl loss. If Patricia sticks it to the Lions my life will be complete.

  65. charliecharger says:
    February 7, 2018 at 2:27 pm

    Bob Lamonte and Josh McDaniels both have well established reputations around the league. I’m guessing there would be plenty of support for Lamonte. Not so much for McDaniels.

    Centered00 says:
    February 7, 2018 at 3:11 pm

    At least there is ONE good man around. Integrity.
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    Well, before we go proposing Lamonte for Sainthood and Captain of integrity- he is the same guy who worked out the deal for Gruden with the Raiders even though jack DelRio is his client also- yup, great guy that Lamonte

  66. harrisonhits2 says:
    February 7, 2018 at 3:51 pm
    “Josh McDaniels karma will take a turn when Brady leaves the game and they never find another franchise QB for a couple of decades.”

    Lol people who make predictions like that are usually disappointed. And what makes you think Bill won’t “retire” to just the GM duties if Josh becomes HC?

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    You really want to attribute the Patriots great success to Belichick?

    My guess is if we had to assign contributory percentages, itd go something to the tune of:
    Brady 94% Belichick 6% Pats fans love to say Belichick is playing chess while other head coaches are playing checkers. Without Tom Brady, Belichick is playing checkers too and his only advantage is that he keeps a couple of extra pieces up his sleeve to deploy when no one’s looking.

  67. Don’t feel to bad for any of these guys. Colts and Irsay have been a dumpster fire for quite a few years, Josh McDaniels hasn’t exactly set the woods on fire at his last big chance in Denver, and Lamonte?,lets just say all agents are one step lower on the rung than used car salesman, okay? They had a nasty breakup, they will find somebody else to fall in love with…………all of them.

  68. You are only as good as your word. Clearly Josh isn’t that good, if he gave his word & assurances to the point that the Colts started hiring assistants.

    If we find out that Irsay lied to Josh, as he did to his fans prior to this season, about Andrew Luck’s shoulder, then that is the only excuse Josh will have.

    Either way, Josh McD is not looking good here at all.

    Agent got played as well, hence the dump.

  69. hakunamangata says:February 7, 2018 at 1:54 pm
    You know you’re a terrible person when an agent fires you
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    Off the top of my head, the only other person I can remember getting fired by his agent was Johnny Manziel by Drew Rosenhaus. Remember, Rosenhaus even put up with Terrell Owens’ antics (shirtless situps in the driveway during a press conference). McDaniels is in good company of people with low morals.

  70. I can’t say I’m very excited to Have JM as the next head coach of the Pats. Bill’s contract ends after this season and we know he and TB will walk. We’re left with JM, BK and a dim 8-8 future. Josh’s handling of this whole situation shows he’s not ready to be a head coach.

  71. “Bill’s contract ends after this season and we know he and TB will walk.”

    No one has any idea when Bill’s contract ends, that detail is not public knowledge. And IIRC Brady is signed through 2019, though of course he could retire.

    Furthermore, even when Bill retires from coaching, I could easily see him staying on as just GM for several seasons after that.

  72. This is quite simple. Bob Lamonte gets paid a percentage of what his clients earn.

    McDaniels was obviously going to make more in Indy, thus Bob Lamonte makes more money.

    If McDaniels goes to the Colts and they win, Chris Ballard gets a contract extension worth more money, thus Bob Lamonte makes more money.

    Bob Lamonte is upset because Josh McDaniels made a decision that Costs Bob Lamonte money. Period.

  73. It seems that there are some serious issues with the Pats right now. Definitely some behind the scenes fighting. It wouldn’t surprise me one bit if Belichick leaves the team. Who knows.

  74. likuidsmoke says:
    February 7, 2018 at 2:07 pm
    “No one will trust or hire McDaniels again”

    No I’m sure McDaniels will be fine, if he decides to leave again next offseason you better believe his phone will be ringing, it’s not like there are so many good coaches just out there, look at the Colts now barely able to find someone.
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    I’d like to see how good a coach McDaniels is without having BB and Brady to make him look good.
    Oh wait, I did… in Denver. That went well

  75. So many people on this site, and elsewhere, are saying that McDaniels is permanently screwed in the NFL.

    LOL. We know that McDaniels will be the most highly paid OC in the NFL next season.

    We know that McDaniels will make more next season than 99% of the people who post on this board will make in their life.

    If the few NFL assistants that the Colts hired to work with McDaniels are pissed at him, I respect that. As for the Mike Vick loving but McDaniels hating Tony Dungy and other …LOL.

  76. It’s hilarious seeing patriots’ fans defend mcdaniels rather than being impartial and judge him for his total lack of integrity. That speaks volumes of patriots’ fans.

  77. If McDaniels received a bonus or raise from the Patriots who was the one that negotiated that deal? Sounds to me like McDaniels already fired Lamonte.

  78. McDaniels is little more than one stroke of a pen away from slinging burgers at McDonalds. Hmmmm…….McDonalds/McDaniels..damn near a match.

  79. The Patriots sweetened the pot?

    I’ve done that twice in my career. Accepted another job and when I gave my notice, my company made me an offer to stay and I did, twice.

    Some of you people need to get out more.

  80. Some of these comments are such a colossal joke. The rules are that no coach can be offered a job by another franchise during the season. The simple solution would be for no offers for new coaching positions until the season is over for all franchises, but it isn’t. Think about the rest of this for a minute:

    1 – The Colts owner and GM have (11) former Patriots on a (53) man roster, and were in the process of trying to poach not one but two of the Patriots coordinators. Does this sound like a “rivalry”, or is the comment more about a GM’s bravado?

    2 – An agent threatened McDaniels about his future in the NFL if he didn’t take the Colts job, and then “fired” McDaniels when he didn’t take the job. Does this sound like it has anything to do with McDaniels, or is it more about an agent’s bravado?

    3 – McDaniels was offered the choice of being mentored by one of the best coaches and GM’s in the history of the NFL, or going to work for Jim Irsay, and chooses to be mentored by one of the best coaches of all time. If any of us were McDaniels, we would seriously question following the lead of Irsay or Lamonte over Belichik and Kraft. Does this really sound like something detrimental to McDaniels long term career in the NFL (a league where so many franchises are so desperate to win), or is it more about an agent and a franchise that really didn’t know McDaniels and didn’t care about what was best for him?

    A coach does not offer a coaching position to a franchise, the franchise offers it to the coach. Think whatever you wish about McDaniels, but it appears that any Colts fan that is asserting that McDaniels is in the wrong re: Colts hiring of assistant coaches, etc (yes including Tony Dungy) is actually affirming that the Colts offered a job to McDaniels which by rule could not be offered. Does this sound like McDaniels was in the wrong, or possibly the Colts were in the wrong for acting on an agreement that the Colts were prohibited from making?

    No worries though. Nobody should hold their breath about an NFL investigation. Roger Goodell would only establish the outcome, and then commissions an “investigation” anyway.

    It is seriously doubtful that (10) years from now McDaniels is of no value to any NFL franchise after being mentored by Belichik (even if he never becomes HC of the Patriots). Maybe everyone should just give it a rest. After the Patriots season was over, Kraft and Belichik found a way to keep their offensive coordinator.

  81. TheWizard says:

    February 7, 2018 at 7:27 pm

    The Patriots sweetened the pot?

    I’ve done that twice in my career. Accepted another job and when I gave my notice, my company made me an offer to stay and I did, twice.

    Some of you people need to get out more.

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    Then he shouldn’t have asked the Colts to hire a list of assistant coaches, and screwed them and their families. It wasn’t just the Colts he jettisoned, it was a long list of people, their families, and children. He screwed over a lot of people by taking a job and stopping the Colts from hiring any of the other coaching candidates. Now the Colts are left with the pretty much the Eagles staff and a few guys that nobody else wanted.

  82. Don’t understand why people can’t apply this to thier own situation. If I loved where I worked was given a chance for big time advancement by an out of state company with questionable mgt that involved uprooting my kids – yes I’d take it with some hesitancy. But then at the last minute my current company’s owner and boss come in and asks me to stay, which allows me to keep my 4 YOUNG kids in the same school, with an agreement that I’ll be groomed for the advancement I want in a couple years with this org and mgt that respect – sure I’d take it based on this NEW INFORMATION. He didn’t leave his assistants stuck – they’ll get paid if they can’t find a job and if they find work – I’m sure the colts will release them/save payroll.

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