Colts confirm Josh McDaniels will not be their coach

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The Colts announced on Tuesday afternoon that a press conference with their new head coach Josh McDaniels would be held on Wednesday afternoon.

We heard that McDaniels would not be their new head coach on Tuesday evening and the Colts confirmed it a bit later. The team released a statement that cancelled both that press conference and the end of their coaching search.

“After agreeing to contract terms to become the Indianapolis Colts’ new head coach, New England Patriots assistant coach Josh McDaniels this evening informed us that he would not be joining our team,” the team said in a statement. “Although we are surprised and disappointed, we will resume our head coaching search immediately and find the right fit to lead our team and organization on and off the field. The scheduled press conference at Lucas Oil Stadium will not take place tomorrow. More information will be forthcoming.”

After the McDaniels news broke, PFT reported that the Colts have lined up interviews with three candidates who will show up for the press conference.

77 responses to “Colts confirm Josh McDaniels will not be their coach

  1. He is not going to like what the end result of this is going to be, I would venture to say that many owners will no longer consider him in the future for that little stunt. And let’s all be honest here, Tom Brady is and always has been the OC of the NE Patriots. McDaniels is not who made that team so great. It has been Brady and BB. Bad move Josh, bad move. BB isn’t leaving NE any time soon and no chance you could even hold BB hoodie!!!

  2. Dude I’d stay with the Pats also.

    Brady makes you look great. None of the pressure of HC. As long as 12 is your QB you always have job security.

    Coming into Indy, you’ve got a question mark at QB, tons of HC pressure to turn around the franchise, the Texans who appear to be on the rise, as well as two more playoff teams in the division … and an owner that’s quite dim.

    I’d reconsider also.

  3. “After agreeing to contract terms to become the Indianapolis Colts’ new head coach, New England Patriots assistant coach Josh McDaniels this evening informed us that he would not be joining our team”

    It would have been better had they gone with “After agreeing in principle…”
    Obviously he didn’t sign a contract which, you know, is an actual agreement.

  4. This action by Josh McDaniels breaks all protocol and simply is not done in the NFL.
    He has proven that he is not a man of his word, where your word is your bond and reputation. He is going to have a difficult time getting a HC job after showing this kind of behavior.Owners and GM’s are going to be very gun shy with him in the future.

  5. Payback for deflategate? Succession plan for JD to rise to HC at some point? Id that were to ever happen BB as GM? Or odes he take another coaching position. Football’s is really an all year topic of conversation

  6. Hmmm. One.. Hire head coach. Two.. Announce hiring of new coach. Three.. Hire assistant coaches. Four.. Ah, let’s figure out how to do one through three before moving on to four.

  7. NE couldn’t risk McDaniels leaving Foxboro again. He’s a full participant in their cheating operation. He already messed up getting caught in Denver, couldn’t afford to have him slip up in Indy.

  8. Good job Kraft, you screwed the Colts with no real candidates left and set them back a few years. How’s that deflate gate thing working for you now Colts?

  9. Not only did McDaniels leave the Colts hanging, he screwed with the assistant coaches who signed with the Colts because McDaniels approved them.

    McDaniels’ change of mind affects the Colts, team, fans, ownership/management and other coaches and their families.

    This is a very bad precedent and it basically kills his opportunity to be a head coach for years if not forever.

    Selfish, bad move Josh!

  10. Gosh, that’s too bad that the Colts got shafted. Hopefully they dredge up some has been or never was to coach the team.

  11. terripet says:
    February 6, 2018 at 8:59 pm
    Josh outside of mass. You are no good


    Way to be consistent there. You were a fan of his hiring 10 minutes ago.

  12. vetdana says:
    February 6, 2018 at 8:54 pm

    He is going to have a difficult time getting a HC job after showing this kind of behavior
    Really? Hmmmm. Hey, you think maybe he’ll end up the coach in NE when Bill is done? it’s a tough one I know, but think really hard on it.

  13. 10 Min for a football to repressurize in a warmer locker room. More time needed if wet. Dry Colt balls got 10+ min. Wet Pats Balls got 0 min. Then air added to Pats. After game Pats balls over 13PSI. It’s all in Wells’ $10M fiction novel.

  14. originalsteelcurtain says:
    February 6, 2018 at 8:47 pm
    Josh you wasted everybody’s time


    Sounds like he came to his senses. The Colts will get over it. Who would want to coach the Colts anyway?

  15. Even tho Pats fans delude themselves into believing Brady can play forever & BB will coach them forever, they can’t. McDaniels is sticking around to rebuild after those 2 go (which is VERY soon)

  16. I remember a coach who took the job with the Jets. And then…he didn’t. And then…he ended up the head coach of New England Patriots. Just saying.

  17. Anybody thinking that Josh was asking the Colts for a couple more days to think about it so they simply called the press conference to force his hand? Given the “reports” that he was getting wishy-washy, the Colts really couldn’t wait even a few more days, so they simply made his decision easy; if you’re not sure, don’t show up. While I understand the hesitancy to move, and the feeling of unfinished business after a bad loss, it’s still a bad look for Josh to back out.

  18. Did the Colts announcement of the hire before it was actually a done deal scare McDaniels away? He’s used to a super organized, tight-lipped organization and perhaps it dawned on him that the Colts under Jim Irsay’s ownership can never be such.

  19. Job security over job questions….ooooh well….that’s life & business all rolled up into one. But I GUARANTEE…this won’t scare off desperate GMs & Owners beating his door down next yr!

  20. Many of you simply believing the Colts and hating on Josh! LOL – as always these days, Colts have an ugly track record of misrepresenting the facts about anything and everything. As commentawaitingdeletion noted, just because you agreed to put in your contract offer the terms which the candidate negotiated for, in order for them to consider it worth signing, that is not the same thing as a verbal promise that they will sign it. This nonsense is on the Colts, not Josh.

  21. vetdana says:
    February 6, 2018 at 8:54 pm
    This action by Josh McDaniels breaks all protocol and simply is not done in the NFL.

    Like it or not, that is simply not true.

    Bill Parcells famously did it to Tampa Bay…twice. First in ’91 after they fired Richard Williamson (and eventually hired Sam Wyche) and then again in ’02 after firing Dungy (and eventually trading for Gruden).

    Dave McGinnis with the Bears on ’99.

    Bill Belichik, of course, resigned on his first day as “HC of the NYJ”in 2000.

  22. Florio had a crystal ball on this one and called it well before the fact as a very clear possibility.

    Just one more example why not matter what highs or lows the NFL brings us, we all have PFT watching our back to keep up with the latest and greatest!

  23. Reminds me of the time I almost bought a car I thought I wanted. Cool to look at and drive but when it’s time to ink the deal the numbers don’t justify the buy. Maybe Josh imagined it would be cool until it was time to ink the deal. Then he thought to himself, “what the hell am I doin?”

  24. Good news, we like him in New England. He’s done a great job as the record shows. Nobody around here has much respect the Colt organization anyway after that deflategate sham.

  25. I think it’s an absolutely stellar move by Josh… make them think he join and the pull out?? Love it Josh. That’s how you stick it to a whole organization for calling Patriots cheaters!!! Nice play sir, nice play.

  26. This just makes sense! Nothing was ever confirmed regarding Josh signing with the Colts; Now he can continue with the Patriots, become their head coach in 2019 when Bilichick either calls it quits or controls the football operations only without field coaching. The Patriots will spend the off season rebuilding the defense but the offense is the best in the NFL.

  27. Makes sense for Josh. Luck is fragile: one of those players who you now can only count on to be available for half a year. But the partial return of Luck could cause expectations to spin out of control, leaving Josh with two reasona and out. Josh also knows he’s trashed his chances elsewhere with late cancellation and informally knows that 2 years max, he’s Patriots HC as Bill considers other things. Part of a buyers group for the Panthers? He’d be a great NFL Commissioner.

  28. Akula says:

    February 6, 2018 at 8:58 pm

    The Colts must be deflated over this.
    Deflated? They smashed their CELL PHONES on the floor when they heard the news. They feel CHEATED on as well they should. All they can do now is TUCK their heads in the sand and hope someone OVERTURNS the decision. Well, back to the drawing board to check out CAMERA FOOTAGE.

  29. reports are that Andrew Luck needs another surgery and may be done. McDaniel wanted nothing to do with that

  30. I think Luck is still suspect and that prob scared him off. But Mcdaniels is a “pretty boy floyd” and fits the Pats to a tee.

  31. I hate when teams who fired their coach poach the assistants and coordinators on successful teams while they are still coaching in the postseason. This only makes matters worse, the league needs to disallow coaches of still playing teams from being in contact with crap teams on their head coaching vacancies. Make a date, after the Superbowl for all teams with vacancies to be able to approach all coaches for interviewing and hiring…

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