Bill Belichick talked Josh McDaniels into staying

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Bill Belichick did not have a detailed discussion with Josh McDaniels about his future until after the Super Bowl, the Patriots head coach said Sunday.

Once that game ended, I think that really gave Josh and I a chance to sit down and talk more directly about the situation, as opposed to, ‘We really want to talk about the game and what we need to do to try to compete in that game.’ That’s basically what happened,” Belichick said, via Mike Reiss of ESPN. “Before the game, I’d say we had minimal discussions. I’d say we had much deeper and longer and more in-depth and more constructive discussions immediately after the game.”

McDaniels backed out of his commitment to become the Colts’ head coach after the team announced his hiring. He opted instead to stay in New England as the Patriots’ offensive coordinator.

“[When] we got back from Minnesota, I had an opportunity to talk to Josh, and we were able to work some things out,” Belichick said. “I’m thrilled he’s still with us and is going to continue in his role. I think he’s a top offensive coordinator in the league. He’s done a great job for me for a long time in a lot of different roles. I’m very glad, based on the meeting we had — there were a number of things that happened — that we were able to work that out and keep him with us.”

15 responses to “Bill Belichick talked Josh McDaniels into staying

  1. The biggest problem I have with McDaniel’s reneging on his commitment to the Colts is that coaches he wanted signed contracts and moved families based on his word. In the long run, I definitely think the Colts are better off now as he clearly was not committed to the task.

  2. I take two things from this…(1) the obvious is that Josh is the coach in waiting and (2) that Belichick thinks the Colts organization (read: Irsay) is probably not set up for success.

  3. When the Master breaks down the pros and cons for you and you finally see the light….Then, and only then can you make an educated decision. Knight to Kings bishop 2….Check Mate! Best offense in Football next year..Easy!

  4. Solder gone. Gronk wavering. Brady close to retiring. Good luck keeping it going after Belichick bails.

  5. C’mon….BB and McDaniel were punking the Colts all along…. Poor Frank Reich….he seems like a good guy. He won’t win many games but at least he can feel good knowing he will have a top 5 draft pick in 2019.

  6. Aside from you blindly loyal Patriots fans, would anybody really trust what someone from that organization says or does? They are always out for whatever gives them an angle. Win at all costs and the ends justify the means. Sad really, but welcome to modern America.

  7. Dad Belichick told him he shouldn’t be hanging out with people like that referring to Ballard and Irsay (which I don’t exactly disagree with as neither Irsay or Ballard seem like they know what they’re doing and have proven they will throw a coach under the bus for their bad decisions.)

    I mean lets be real that team has been a dumpster fire post Payton Manning era. They went from regular playoff team to good luck winning a game nearly overnight and that was before Luck got injured.

  8. The best thing that happened from this is the NFL addressing the head coaching hire rules.

  9. the Colts will be better off with Frank Reich but it’s still dishonest and really reprehensible what McDaniels did to his assistants. It’s not good for anyone when less people have jobs.

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