Will owner, G.M., assistant coaches take leap of faith with Josh McDaniels, again?

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After Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels jilted the Colts last year, some thought he had blown his shot at other head-coaching opportunities. A year later, McDaniels has multiple potential suitors.

Getting an interview is one thing; getting an offer could be quite another.

For now, it’s possible that teams like the Packers, Browns, and Bengals simply want to pick McDaniels’ brain regarding life with a franchise quarterback (OK, that may leave out the Bengals), given that Green Bay has one on the wrong side of 35 and Cleveland has one on the right side of 25. Before anyone would extend McDaniels an offer of employment, he’ll surely need to answer tough questions about why he did what he did a year ago, and whether there’s a chance he’d do it again.

Chances are he knows he can’t, that if he accepts an offer on a wink-nod basis before the Patriots end their playoff run, he’d have no choice but to honor it this time, lest he never be trusted again. Still, the real question is whether McDaniels can be trusted not simply to show up if he unofficially accepts, but whether if he couldn’t be trusted a year ago with a fairly big thing he can be trusted now and in the future with a wide array of little things.

This isn’t about sticking it to the Colts and owner Jim Irsay. Billion-dollar businesses stick it to all sorts of people all the time, to the point where they’re numb to it. This is about sticking it to men who accepted employment and uprooted families under the assumption that McDaniels was taking the Colts job. That human element made McDaniels’ about face even more stunning, despite the fact that it was widely rumored to be a real possibility last year in the days before the Super Bowl.

In 2019, will McDaniels be able to line up a coaching staff if New England beats the Texans, Ravens, or Chargers next Saturday and then the Chiefs, Colts, Ravens, or Chargers the following week? Will anyone roll the dice on McDaniels being a man of his word based on the manner in which he broke his word last year?

A wise man once told me you lose your integrity only once. No matter what the eventual explanation from McDaniels, the fact that he didn’t follow through after reaching what necessarily was the point of no return (especially for those who relied on him) should create real concerns not only regarding whether he’ll actually show up this time, but whether he’ll have true and complete credibility after he does.

36 responses to “Will owner, G.M., assistant coaches take leap of faith with Josh McDaniels, again?

  1. “A wise man once told me you lose your integrity only once. No matter what the eventual explanation from McDaniels, the fact that he didn’t follow through after reaching what necessarily was the point of no return (especially for those who relied on him) should create real concerns not only regarding whether he’ll actually show up this time, but whether he’ll have true and complete credibility after he does.”

    Amen.

  2. Josh McDaniels has accomplished nothing professionally without Brady or Belichick. Bust in Denver and St. Louis as OC. Sure, people will say Belichick didn’t become Belichick until his second go-round. That’s more like the exception than the rule. Plenty of retreads have failed in their second go-rounds. Would he be able to put together a good staff after burning bridges last year? Who’s to say he doesn’t go back to New England if Belichick retires in a year or two? Buyer beware with this character.

  3. “A wise man once told me you lose your integrity only once.’
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    That’s pretty funny- even mentioning “integrity” in the NFL is silly- there is virtually none. Punch a strange girl in the face and knock her out-sure thing 2cnd rounder, beat your pregnant girlfriend- if you can run fast- no problem, double homicide- hide the suit, pay some friends, become a preacher, Canton hear I am!

    Those “guaranteed” contracts with no actual guarantees is full of “integrity”
    How is Ted Wells “integrity”?
    Anything McDaniels may have done pales in comparison, and there is certainly more to that story.

  4. How could an owner you ever trust this guy with your team? Just like how can you trust certain players in the league? I’m going to open a pop-up store at the Super Bowl-RobfromAmarillo’s “Ten-foot pole” store.

  5. Let’s not forget the debacle that was his first head coaching opportunity and how well the previous Belichek coaching disciples have done. Some people are better off being coordinators. Josh is one of those.

  6. et’s not forget the debacle that was his first head coaching opportunity and how well the previous Belichek coaching disciples have done. Some people are better off being coordinators. Josh is one of those.

  7. I have never seen this jerk as worth spit. He might be an average coordinator, but he’s scum as a person and as a man. He needs to never get a chance again. If he wants to lead something, give him a musical instrument and lead a pack of rats.

  8. nflfan12blog says:
    January 1, 2019 at 5:16 pm
    “A wise man once told me you lose your integrity only once.’
    —————————
    That’s pretty funny- even mentioning “integrity” in the NFL is silly- there is virtually none. Punch a strange girl in the face and knock her out-sure thing 2cnd rounder, beat your pregnant girlfriend- if you can run fast- no problem, double homicide- hide the suit, pay some friends, become a preacher, Canton hear I am!
    Those “guaranteed” contracts with no actual guarantees is full of “integrity”
    How is Ted Wells “integrity”?
    Anything McDaniels may have done pales in comparison, and there is certainly more to that story.

    ——————————

    Amen!

  9. This is why bad franchises will always be bad franchises. And you can include Green Bay in that. They’re the Cleveland Browns (the old Browns apparently) with a Hall Of Fame QB.

  10. Not if the GM wants to keep his job and/or the owner wants to watch his team be destroyed.

    Let’s see….he took over a Denver team that wasn’t too bad and turned them into a last place team in the AFC West. Along the way he alienated his QB (Cutler) then his #1 WR (Marshall) so he traded them for next-to-nothing. Then when he was fired he ran home to mommy. Then Indy decided they wanted to hire him and he backed out at the last minute even after he had hired some assistants. Once again, he ran home to mommy. He was a terrible head coach. He’s an even worse human being. I can’t believe anyone would even consider this knucklehead.

  11. Rex ryan wants to coach again..hire one of the fired coaches because they came from a great tree I tell you…hire one of andy reids current/ex coordinators because his home record in the playoffs makes any resume stand out,bruce arians and chuck pagano are looking work….or just hire a tv analyst..mel kipers available.

  12. Belichick is 66 and has been HC of New England for what 18 years? 19 years? I’m thinking there’s a deal in place to hand the team to McDaniels when Belichick decides to do something with his life other than coach football.

  13. He is not the first to change his mind and he wont be the last. Without knowing exactly why he did an about turn who knows what led him to do what he did. On the surface of it it was a hugely dishonourable thing to do.

    That said no team is going to waste time and resources to interview him if he has no realistic chance of getting the job. That would foolish in the extreme. Personally I hope he stays in New England he is excellent at what he does.

  14. Great, go the college route; maybe the next Doug Marrone or Chip Kelly awaits you! I mean, 2nd time around worked pretty well for Belichick, Mike Shanahan; 3rd time around for Pete Carroll. Just don’t talk to me about “integrity” in the NFL; the league offices, players, coaches, ownerships, etc.. Every one of the aforementioned would cash in their “integrity” in a second if they were guaranteed a winner.

  15. He is just like every other coach who left the Patriots. You get special treatment from the NFL and refs with the Patriots. They don’t get this when they leave.

  16. As far as ‘Integrity’ goes McDaniels is just following the guidlines of lying Rodger Good(for nothing)ell.

  17. Carroll Prescott says:
    January 1, 2019 at 5:29 pm
    I have never seen this jerk as worth spit. He might be an average coordinator, but he’s scum as a person and as a man. He needs to never get a chance again. If he wants to lead something, give him a musical instrument and lead a pack of rats.
    =====================
    Let me guess: A Colts fan?

  18. Carroll Prescott says:
    January 1, 2019 at 5:29 pm

    I have never seen this jerk as worth spit. He might be an average coordinator, but he’s scum as a person and as a man. He needs to never get a chance again. If he wants to lead something, give him a musical instrument and lead a pack of rats.

    I take it you know him personally then? Otherwise you just sound like an angry guy in a basement somewhere whose team has been beaten by McDaniels repeatedly.

  19. I learned a long time ago not to judge people until I had all the facts – and the public and “insiders” do not have all of them. If memory serves, McDaniels had not met with Jim Irsay until shortly before he withdrew from the job offer. While he said he was convinced by Robert Kraft and Belichick to stay in New England, only McDaniels knows the real reasons for his actions. Did he not cite the meeting with the mercurial Irsay to prevent retribution? McDaniels obviously had not signed a contract so no one knows if the Colts tried to insert offensive clauses in the proposed contract. He is a young father with a four children aged 13 to 4 so his family could also have had a huge impact on his decision. I suspect that the decision makers of the teams that want to employ him will understand far better than the partially informed public. After all, he coached for the Patriots during all of their five successful Super Bowl campaigns.

  20. He might be an average coordinator, but he’s scum as a person and as a man.
    ______________

    Yet they keep giving this “might be an average coordinator” head coaching offers?
    Go figure? What do they know anyway. The rest of your ready-to-take-hostages rant is self-explanatory.

  21. Facts matter:

    1. McDaniels didn’t “stick it” to anyone. The coaches McDaniels signed up in Indy got jobs and did well and Reich has been an excellent fit.

    2. It was better to walk away than stay in a position given he believed it was the wrong decision to stay. Teams pressure coaches to commit while they are still committed to their current teams. Why is that ok?

    3. McDaniels risked his head coaching future and willingly took that risk. He likely took less money to stay with the Patriots.

    4. How many coaches, not just head coaches, have been sent packing while under contract after one or two years after putting their heart and soul into the job?

    5. Teams are notorious for not only cutting coaches and players under contract, they have pressured local governments to give them huge incentives to stay, and have left cities high and dry (even under the cover of darkness). I love when fans blame Belichick for the Brown’s last record in Cleveland the year Art Modell announced they were leaving for Baltimore at the end of the year. Those coaches and players did well in Baltimore because Belichick put together a great group, including GM Ozzie Newsome.

    6. Brady’s the GOAT but McDaniels deserves credit for continually winning despite a revolving door of skilled position players and very few stars on offense.

  22. The Patriots aren’t beating the Ravens so you don’t have to worry about that. The Ravens are either losing this weekend or going to the Super Bowl again.

  23. Make him sign a no compete if he takes the job.

    If he skips out again, he can work at ESPN, or on his memoirs (aka, the Patriot cheat tell-all)

  24. Around this time last year, I remember reading there was no chance McDaniels would ever be offered a head coaching job again, that he had committed career suicide. Here we are a year later and multiple teams are speaking with McDaniels about being their head coach. I guess the people who make the hiring decisions in the NFL didn’t see his decision to back out of the Colts job as the career killer it was made out to be.

  25. aarons444 says:
    January 2, 2019 at 10:12 am
    Make him sign a no compete if he takes the job.

    If he skips out again, he can work at ESPN, or on his memoirs (aka, the Patriot cheat tell-all)

    —-

    Hahaha…

    The mythical “cheating” crutch to explain your own team’s chronic incompetence.

    It’s easy, clean and soothing for you….too bad it’s not the reason though.

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