Report: Josh McDaniels expected to be next Colts coach

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The Titans dispatched head coach Mike Mularkey on Monday and are reportedly interested in Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels, but they may have to settle for seeing him on the opposite sideline twice a year.

McDaniels is reportedly one of two names still under consideration in Indianapolis with Texans defensive coordinator Mike Vrabel also in the mix. Vrabel could be hired right now, however, and that suggests the Colts would prefer to make McDaniels their next head coach.

Ian Rapoport and Tom Pelissero of NFL Media report that McDaniels feels the same way and that he is expected to accept a formal job offer from the Colts once it comes. Some had thought that Titans General Manager Jon Robinson’s background with the Patriots and the presence of Marcus Mariota might sway McDaniels to Tennessee, but Pelissero points out McDaniels and Colts G.M. Chris Ballard also have a relationship.

If he’s healthy, the Colts also have a pretty good quarterback in Andrew Luck and it appears McDaniels will be helping with his rebound from a lost 2017 season.

Pelissero also adds that McDaniels has lined up a defensive coordinator in Matt Eberflus, who spent the last seven years as the Cowboys linebackers coach. No hires can be made official until the Patriots are done playing.

71 responses to “Report: Josh McDaniels expected to be next Colts coach

  1. I don’t believe he would go to the team responsible for the deflategate witch hunt. No way the Kraft’s and Belichick condone that, I’d bet he’d go to Tenn to beat up on the Colts twice a year.

  2. Not sure why everyone drools over Andrew Luck. I’d much rather go to the Titans than the Colts, for many different reasons. Irsay is a nut for one. Titans already have plenty of talent. Mariota isn’t great, but with that rushing attack could build an Offense so that he isn’t relied upon to do it all.

  3. Pats fans…….let me get this straight. Your Head coach traded away Brissett for less than market value to a friend in Indy. Your head coach GAVE AWAY a young waiting in the wings franchise caliber QB to another friend in Clara. Both your OC and DC are taking head coaching positions………and you can’t admit this is Bill the GOAT architect’s final swan song in NE?

  4. I still think the Colts will draft a QB at #3. McDaniels will help make the pick. It’s also possible McDaniels sees a QB who reminds him the most of Brady, and one who would be available in the 2nd or third round. I don’t think Andrew Luck will ever take another snap.

  5. Wow… the Titans truly did mess up by winning against KC. McDaniels had probably already agreed with the Colts before Mularkey was fired. Maybe he wanted the TN job more, but figured Mularkey was staying. Who knows…

  6. It seems that it would make more since for Josh in Tennessee not just because of the unsurety of Luck being the same Qb after injury but their poor defense..

    I would think the Titans are better built and much closer to a contender…

  7. edsales87 says:
    January 15, 2018 at 3:16 pm
    Not sure why everyone drools over Andrew Luck. I’d much rather go to the Titans than the Colts, for many different reasons. Irsay is a nut for one. Titans already have plenty of talent. Mariota isn’t great, but with that rushing attack could build an Offense so that he isn’t relied upon to do it all.

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    Coming out of college and even in his first few years in the league Andrew Luck had all the skills and cerebral firepower to be a potential HOF QB. But the Grigson did not put the players around him and sadly it appears his injuries are far worse than has actually been reported. The Colts may have ruined this poor kid’s career.

  8. Pick you owner, not the QB/current team.
    And that is not the owner I’d pick given the choices.

  9. charliecharger says:
    January 15, 2018 at 3:22 pm
    I still think the Colts will draft a QB at #3. McDaniels will help make the pick. It’s also possible McDaniels sees a QB who reminds him the most of Brady, and one who would be available in the 2nd or third round. I don’t think Andrew Luck will ever take another snap.

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    Sadly you may be correct. The kid had huge potential and the Colts organization ruined him.

  10. It appears picking a coach is like picking a QB. You get the best information available and make a choice. Sometimes it works. Sometimes it doesn’t. I didn’t think McDaniels was horrible in Denver, just not quite ready.

  11. jackedupboonie says:
    January 15, 2018 at 3:20 pm

    Pats fans…….let me get this straight. Your Head coach traded away Brissett for less than market value to a friend in Indy. Your head coach GAVE AWAY a young waiting in the wings franchise caliber QB to another friend in Clara. Both your OC and DC are taking head coaching positions………and you can’t admit this is Bill the GOAT architect’s final swan song in NE?

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    You probably thought he was nuts for dumping Collins and Jones too, soon before the 5th SB victory.

    He does it every year, and everyone says he’s nuts. But he’s never been out of contention for the Super Bowl with Brady at QB.

  12. Vrabel to the Titans will be awesome. Too bad Helfrich went to Chicago last week…Vrabel could’ve reunited him with Mariota in Tennessee later this week.

  13. If Vrabel to the Titans happens… thats 3 Belichick disciples in the AFC South. B O’B, McDaniels and Vrabel. Granted, I don’t think Vrabel coached in NE, but he certainly learned a lot from Belichick.

  14. What’s wrong with being a head coach for Irsay? Pagano was there for six years, and most people here think he was horrible. There are not very many head coaches getting that amount of time.

  15. The balance of power is changing in the AFC. If Andrew Luck comes back strong and healthy, the Colts could be the next AFC kings as they last were in 2009.

  16. jackedupboonie says:
    January 15, 2018 at 3:20 pm

    Pats fans…….let me get this straight. Your Head coach traded away Brissett for less than market value to a friend in Indy. Your head coach GAVE AWAY a young waiting in the wings franchise caliber QB to another friend in Clara. Both your OC and DC are taking head coaching positions………and you can’t admit this is Bill the GOAT architect’s final swan song in NE?
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    Uh…if this was his swan song why would both coordinators be leaving?

  17. Anyone else remember a couple days back when someone commented on a patriot board about how they think Mcdaniels wanted the Colts job? Then everyone started bashing the post. I do.

  18. His allegiance is now to Indy so no reason to keep it quiet anymore. Cannot wait for the interviewers to toss this one his way,

    Josh, now that your allegiance is to Indy and you’re free to speak out as have guys like Mike Tomlin, can you set us straight about the Deflategate situation.

    You cannot tell us you don’t know every little detail about your QB. That would be beyond belief. I would expect a big come clean about 2 hours after it’s formal. We’re all after the truth here, right?

    Or will it be minor league softball questions form here on.

  19. Forget the Andrew Luck drama, who would want to work for Jim Irsay? I guess if he basically just stays out of the way?
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    Hasn’t he essentially done that? He had a fair share of patience with Pagano hoping for a rebound that didn’t happen. He may be a lunatic as a person, but as an owner he has shown a good approach stepping aside and letting Grigson and Pagano run the franchise to the ground. As a coach I rather work for the Colts who have a longer leash than the Titans on which not even a decent playoff appearance will save my job.

  20. jackedupboonie says:
    January 15, 2018 at 3:20 pm

    Pats fans…….let me get this straight. Your Head coach traded away Brissett for less than market value to a friend in Indy. Your head coach GAVE AWAY a young waiting in the wings franchise caliber QB to another friend in Clara. Both your OC and DC are taking head coaching positions………and you can’t admit this is Bill the GOAT architect’s final swan song in NE?
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    To all the people who say the Patriots “GAVE AWAY” Jimmy G…please lay out a single scenario in which they could have kept him without ruining their cap and committing insane numbers to 2 QB’s. It wasn’t feasible to keep him any longer and they wanted him out of the conference.

  21. Still don’t think this will occur. It would mean that McDaniels goes from the very best NFL owner to one of the worst. Surely all those years in Foxboro under Belichick he learned to assess the owner and the prospect of future risk as well as the playing talent.

  22. I enjoy the way all of this business id done behind the scenes, leaks are made to the media, etc… even though there are rules in place that are supposed to prevent this.

    Even though the way Tennessee handled the departure of Mularkey was less than admirable, I still think they offer a more stable situation than the Colts man-child owner. Best of luck to McDaniels no matter where he ends up.

  23. “Your Head coach traded away Brissett for less than market value to a friend in Indy”

    Hold on, who is this “friend” in Indy and what do you think Brissett’s trade value was?

  24. First Patricia and now McDaniels…. I would love to say that hopefully they suffer the typical Quinn/Shannahan distraction and choke in the postseason first but with Bellichick that ain’t gonna happen lol.

  25. Wow McDaniels still hasn’t learned from his failure in Denver, better bring back Tebow so he can throw more ground balls to wide open receivers.
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    McDaniels was fired in Denver for cheating. He was fined by the NFL for illegal taping of the 49ers walk throughs in London and Denver kicked him to the curb. He would have likely stayed longer if it were not for that. If he has learned anything since then, it is how to not get caught.

  26. Given the history I cant see being confident Andrew Luck will be back until I see it. His injury has clearly been worse than they are letting on. The changing stories have been so surreal there is no way the Colts can be trusted as a news source nor the people around him. For fans they might as well hope for the best next year because what else can they do, but speaking for myself I would be hesitant to make that a factor at all one way or the other on a career decision. If they have presented a scenario that he finds appealing either way with or without Luck in the picture then good for him. But if he is at all counting on a promise that Luck will be back at 100% next year thats scary.

  27. This– McDaniels going to the Colts– makes far more sense than McDaniels choosing the Titans. Irsay is crazy, but he hires a General Manager, gives coaches many years and gets out of the way. As long as the GM is stable, and this one appears to be verse the last one, than the Colts are a great job. The Titans are profoundly dysfunctional, people just don’t realize it. They have no clear chain of command in ownership as no owner has full-control and they appear knee jerk like the Browns/ Bills and other bottom feeder teams. Mularkey took over a bad team and took them 9-7/ 9-7 with a great playoff win. And they can’t come to an agreement on the future? I don’t love Mularkey as an offensive mind, but in the NFL stability wins. Preaching stability as the owner Amy A-S did today is worthless. They all preach stability. Who actually practices it? Bad owners/ foolish media and stupid fans want to change coaches every 1-3 years. Smart NFL leaders know it takes 2-3 years to rebuild from dysfunction and when you keep GM’s/ coaches you then keep recycling players and never building any foundation. Every firing/ parting ways such as this one makes the team worse, not better. McDaniels is not going to Tennessee.

  28. Well if you guys think about it like this , Who would you rather prefer to coach as your QB? Mariota Or Brisset? Mariota Would Need to learn the offense and Josh would have to create play for him while he adjust to his playbook. Were as Brisset showed pocket presences and Mobility And Knows Josh’s Playbook Already And Would just need to change some terms but he knows the offense and if they can fix the middle of the oline with monty and Hilton this could be a pretty good offense and with farley and the safeties on defense and sheard and Simon , sheard kniwning the defense will be good till they decided what’s gonna happen with Andrew Luck.

  29. Ive said this a couple months ago I feel like they were neither gonna trade luck at the end of the season or release him.

  30. patsfan4lifesbchamps says:
    January 15, 2018 at 4:10 pm

    Just another cog in the Patriots system, easily replacible.
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    Bruce Lee didn’t believe in systems and the Patriots are the only team in the NFL that doesn’t have a system. The patriots adapt to their opponents. The Patriots are the Bruce Lee of the NFL.

  31. Yeah Denver didn’t go so well for him. The way some people on these boards talk, he should be fired from coaching for life because of it. I guess it’s like that old saying our parents always taught us growing up, “It’s not how many times you fall that matters, it’s that you’ll only fall once because once you do you’re a failure for life”. That’s how the saying went, isn’t it……?

    I have no dog in this fight, not a Colts fan, Broncos fan, Pats fan (if anything, i hate the Pats so i have no favorable bias for McDaniels in any way) but he’s had YEARS to continue learning, picking the brain of an all time great football mind, and considering ways to be better for his next opportunity. He’s not just gonna show up and do all the exact same things he did the first time.

    He wasn’t ready the first time, doesn’t mean he won’t be ready this time.

  32. Well are the coordinators leaving due to the talented backup to Brady leaving for the 49’rs and speculation that the Super Bowl parties are over. The Patriot Coordinators must realize the only promise land they are heading for is to be fired as a Head Coach. All the coordinators that have left Belichick have failed in miserable fashion!

  33. detroitexpatriate says:
    January 15, 2018 at 3:15 pm
    I don’t believe he would go to the team responsible for the deflategate witch hunt. No way the Kraft’s and Belichick condone that, I’d bet he’d go to Tenn to beat up on the Colts twice a year.

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    Lol, Patriot fans still blaming the Colts for deflategate. If a guy named the deflator doesn’t take the footballs into a restroom w/o approval and all the other evidence, then Griggson’s email has no legs

    Brady got his hand caught in the cookie jar and blaming the guy that busted him.

  34. Bruce Lee didn’t believe in systems and the Patriots are the only team in the NFL that doesn’t have a system. The patriots adapt to their opponents. The Patriots are the Bruce Lee of the NFL.
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    Homer post of the month! I’ll bet you wear Pat’s PJs with feet, yes?

  35. If Josh takes this job he’s benching Luck because he’ll want a West Coast Offense style QB so having Andrew Luck just means a potential trade like he did with Jay Cutler. I hope Colts fans liked Brissett because he’s probably your full time starter now.

  36. McDaniels blew it by not joining the niners last offseason. He would have had Jimmy G and a decade of superbowl contention. Oh well! Niners got it better with Shanahan and Lynch.

  37. Josh McDaniels will once again prove he is incapable of coaching without Bill Belecheck calling all the shots. All coordinators of the New England Patriots are nothing more than figure heads relying exclusively on BB to make ALL the calls.
    The prediction is that Josh will be unable to handle the head coaching job with the Colts and will wind up back with BB in New England.

  38. Nathan says:
    January 15, 2018 at 3:24 pm
    Pick you owner, not the QB/current team.
    And that is not the owner I’d pick given the choices.

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    Apparently his only other “choice” is to remain an assistant. No thanks.

  39. A quick summary of the McDaneils we got to know in Denver: After McDaniels became HC of the Broncos he immediately began shopping the franchise QB Jay Cutler in a 3 team deal for Patriots backup Matt Cassel which failed miserably. The failed trade became huge news in the NFL world and the McDaniels/Cutler rift became irreparable even after several meetings/talks. So McDaniels settled for the next best thing, Kyle Orton from the Bears plus two 1st round picks. What looked like a bridge QB and some nice picks to rebuild turned in to an absolute disaster. McDaniels used those picks on bust Robert Ayers(DE) and Tim Tebow. Take a glance at career stats and starts for post trade-Orton, Ayers, Tebow, and Cassel compared to Cutler. Easy to see who the best man was.

    We call him Hurricane Josh here in Denver for a good reason. Some may say it was his first try give him a second chance at HC. The issue with McDaniels is he has a Napoleon Complex and he’s not a people person, he doesn’t communicate well with players or coaches. At the time coaches were leaking stuff to the media about his tyrannical behavior and after his firing we heard similar things from players. Finally, he cheated. McDaniels brought the Patriots cheating ways to Denver and was caught video taping a practice in London vs the 49ers which ultimately led to his firing. Unethical, bad decision maker, bad talent evaluator, and bad communicator.

    Also a side story, McDaniels suckered Brain Dawkins in to signing. Dawkins has said how McDaniels was raving how great Cutler was going to be in his offense so he thought it’d be a great place to end his career. About a month after Dawkins signs Cutler is traded, Orton arrives and later Tebow.

  40. nhpats,

    The Colts have the #3 overall pick in the draft to add an impact player and $84 million in cap space with a GM that knows how to use it. If Luck is healthy the Colts are the #1 job available. Plus, the Titans just fired a coach they working on an extension for after winning their first playoff game since 2008. Irsay may be nuts but he gives his coaches time and stability. The Colts job isn’t only about Luck. Ballard has been stressing that since the coaching search started. McDaniels has hopefully grown this time around.

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