Wow, looks like Josh McDaniels has taken one more page from his mentor Bill Belichick’s book—how to leave a head coaching job within 24 hours of taking it.
Because just hours after several sources reported McDaniels had officially taken the Indianapolis Colts head coaching job came the report that he had changed his mind and is remaining with New England.
“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.”
Patriots’ owner Robert Kraft ultimately wound up sweetening his contract, helping to entice McDaniels—who had yet to sign a contract with the Colts—to remain in New England, a source said.
Kraft may have done the Colts a favor considering McDaniels only seems to find success with New England. When he was hired by the Broncos as a head coach in 2009 the team was 17th in points per game and when he took over as the Rams offensive coordinator under Jeff Fisher the Rams had the worst PPG of any team in the league.
Yet when he is Belichick’s OC, the team ranks 1st in PPG.