Josh McDaniels may not leave Patriots for Colts after all

Patriots offensive coordinator McDaniels announced as new Colts head coach
Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels spurns Colts' head coaching job he'd already taken after Patriots sweeten his contract

07 February, 2018

The news isn't a surprise, since it has been widely reported that McDaniels and the Colts were in talks about the hire since before the Super Bowl. In a year where the Colts have no need for the one position-quarterback-that so many other teams are desperate for, it makes too much sense not to happen.

It's going to be a full coordinator reboot for the Patriots, but this isn't about them.

The Patriots' loss in the Super Bowl likely will be the last game for New England's two coordinators, both nearly certain to be named head coaches elsewhere in the next few days.

Fortunately for the Patriots, linebackers coach Brian Flores already looks like a prime candidate to take over the defensive play-calling responsibilities.

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There is a slight chance McDaniels might pull out of the running for the Colts job, which explains Pats receiver Danny Amendola's answer about losing his offensive coordinator. That's lead to speculation that he might stick around and become Belichick's eventual replacement, whenever the head coach decides to step down. So the team will likely promote from within. Congrats to Doug Pederson of the Eagles on beating almost 10 percent of the National Football League head coaches on Sunday.

He was the next man in line behind McDaniels, who acted as both an offensive coordinator and the quarterbacks coach. Now he has to prove he can do it without one of the greatest coaches and greatest quarterbacks of all time.

But there will be no finger pointing at the offense when it comes to the Patriots Super Bowl loss. "I just feel very bad for our guys", he said.

They did the same again Sunday night, though each was noticeably subdued after coming up short in their bid to win back-to-back rings with the Patriots. Of course, Brady fought admirably in this affair and aired it out with the best of them showing that the 40-year-old still has plenty of juice in his arm.

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