Published: Sun, February 11, 2018
Sports | By Spencer Underwood

Agent breaks with Patriots' Josh McDaniels

Agent breaks with Patriots' Josh McDaniels

Josh McDaniels isn't exactly a favorite in head-coaching circles after bailing on the Colts at the last minute, and he also isn't a favorite in the agent world, either.

Ballard said on Wednesday that the Colts will be moving on from their original candidates, meaning former Seattle defensive assistant Kris Richard and Baylor head coach Matt Rhule are no longer options.

Following the news of McDaniels' decision, the Colts released a statement saying they were "surprised and disappointed" with his decision.

NFL Network's Mike Garafolo reported that the assistant coaches who had agreed to join McDaniels in Indianapolis had signed contracts and will stay with the team, even though the head coach they agreed to join will not.

McDaniels clearly would not have been all-in as Indianapolis' head coach, but they can absolutely find someone who will be.

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He began by offering condolences to Jackson's family, and then he took aim at McDaniels and the Patriots. Last week, reports surfaced that he would indeed accept the job but early Tuesday morning several sources reported that he was having second thoughts.

"It was a pretty short conversation", Ballard said Wednesday in a news conference to address McDaniels" stunning 11th-hour reversal. All we know right now is that McDaniels will be calling plays for Brady and New England's offense, and that Belichick will still be there as the game's best head coach. [We] had them from the get-go. McDaniels told Ballard he had his suit picked out and was ready to go. "It is an arrangement that owners Robert and Jonathan Kraft endorsed because it could ultimately be part of a succession plan for Belichick in the future, although no assurances were made to McDaniels". Dan Campbell and Frank Reich have already been lined up for interviews.

McDaniels has been looking for the ideal head-coaching situation after his first stint with the Denver Broncos went sideways quickly. Andy Reid got all the credit for the Chiefs' offensive success but Pederson has quickly proven he wasn't just riding Reid's coattails.

McDaniels was sacked in Denver after the team played terribly, of course, but it was the filming of the San Francisco 49ers' walk through in London (a game the Broncos still lost, by the way) that was the last straw for Pat Bowlen and the Broncos.

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