Josh McDaniels “wasn’t proud” of how he handled Colts’ decision

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Things worked out for Indianapolis last year when Josh McDaniels spurned them at the alter, and things worked out for Josh McDaniels in remaining in New England.

The Colts hired Frank Reich and made it to the postseason. McDaniels is back in the Super Bowl as the Patriots’ offensive coordinator.

“It’s a lot that goes into it,” McDaniels said Monday night of his decision. “I think at the end of the day you have to make the best decision for yourself and your family. I’ve said this a number of times: The timing of all that stuff was not. . . . I wasn’t proud of any of that stuff.

“Really happy for their success in Indianapolis this year and a significant amount of respect for those guys and excited they had a good year, the year that they had, and a very, very bright future.”

McDaniels insists he still has a desire to become a head coach, but he was asked whether that would become more difficult after his decision to turn down the Colts. He interviewed with the Packers this offseason but got no offers.

“I can’t control. . . .” McDaniels said. “I can only control what I do. It’s been a year. I think everybody has moved forward from that, and the decisions that are made are made, and there are a lot of things that go into those. I have a lot of things that are important in my life. If I have the chance to do that, I would love to, but I’m also supremely fortunate and really privileged to work for our organization and continue to try to do my best here at this place and compete on Sunday and do what I can do to help our team win.”

25 responses to “Josh McDaniels “wasn’t proud” of how he handled Colts’ decision

  1. Translation for McDaniels: I’m succeeding Bill here and it’s the only team that will have me as their head coach. I just don’t know when that will be.

  2. A little surprised to hear McDaniels interviewed with the Packers. Thought perhaps he would just stay with the Pats and hope to step into the HC position there when Belichick decides to retire–although I wouldn’t expect BB to step down before Brady does. It’s difficult to imagine another team taking a chance with McDaniels after the Colts debacle and his missteps in Denver. He’s a great OC, but not everyone is cut out to be the head guy.

  3. Understandable Josh. Nothing to be proud of, but it did work out in the end. The Colts got bounced out by the Chiefs and your offense marched down the field in Arrowhead towards another Super Bowl.

  4. I’m proud of it. The Colts impugned the league’s greatest QB simply to hide their embarrassment over losing 45-7 (spoiler: it didn’t work) and then tried to lure in his OC only to get left at the altar. It was beautiful, I’m smiling just thinking about it.

  5. If you removed “I” from Josh McDaniels’ vocabulary he would struck dumb & unable to speak.

  6. And all the woke snowflakes melted down, “he’ll never get a job again!”………then less than a year later he’s interviewing for head coaching jobs………idiots…..

  7. I wonder if he “is not proud of” his decision to film other teams practices when he worked for Denver? That got him fired. However, his cheating never bothered the Patriots on iota so they hired him.

  8. As a Patriots fan that has lived in Indiana my entire life I was VERY proud of how Josh jilted the Indianapolis Bridesmaids. They got nothing and liked it.

    Well played Josh.

  9. weepingjebus says:
    January 29, 2019 at 12:10 am
    I’m proud of it. The Colts impugned the league’s greatest QB simply to hide their embarrassment over losing 45-7 (spoiler: it didn’t work) and then tried to lure in his OC only to get left at the altar. It was beautiful, I’m smiling just thinking about it.

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    LOL

    Although, why did he even take an interview with Irsay in the first place? That in itself is creepy.

    I was shocked. Still am. I am surprised BB even allowed it. I know Ballard called and said he wasn’t involved in the cheating, but still.

  10. factschecker says:
    January 29, 2019 at 9:36 am
    As a Patriots fan that has lived in Indiana my entire life I was VERY proud of how Josh jilted the Indianapolis Bridesmaids. They got nothing and liked it.

    Well played Josh.

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    How does that work? You openly choose to live in Indiana, and as a Pats fan?

  11. How does that work? You openly choose to live in Indiana, and as a Pats fan?
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    I was born and raised here. Back in 85 when the Colts abandoned Baltimore and relocated to Indy my older brothers were happy new Colts fans. But for me, I didn’t like seeing all the Baltimore fans hearts being broken. It was all over the news for weeks. Anyway if you fast forward to the late 80’s and the invention of video game football, I use to beat my brothers badly with the super stars of the time like the Montana 49ers, the Bo Jackson Raiders. Well the Colts stunk back then so my middle brother came up with the idea that I had to use a team just as bad as the Colts to keep the games even and competitive. He made me use the Patriots. Back then they only had the players #’s. Then I started learning the real players that wore the numbers in the game and that is how I became a fan. At the time, The Patriots were a joke of a franchise. Drew Bledsoe and Ben Coats made them less of a joke. The rest is history.

    Unique way of becoming a fan. I still remind (and thank) my Colts fan brother that this is all his fault 🙂

  12. You chose wisely my friend. Great backstory too. In New England, we’re lucky enough to have an organization built to last: run shrewdly and competently—the envy of all in professional sports. In Indiana, the guy in charge is Billy Madison, and he’s driving the Colts bus with his feet yelling “Heeeehaa!”

    Not a whole lot to weigh when you compare the two, and at the time Andrew Luck was a major question mark as to whether he could make it back.

    History will show that Josh made the right choice.

  13. The real joke would be Kraft leaving McDaniels at the altar and bringing in someone else as HC…because he doesn’t trust him.

    You reap what you sow.

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