For many, it was a foregone conclusion heading into Super Bowl LII that New England Patriots’ coordinators Josh McDaniels and Matt Patricia would be coaching their final game under Bill Belichick.
After a devastating loss in the Super Bowl to the Philadelphia Eagles, Patricia indeed packed up and headed to Detroit to accept the Lions’ head coaching vacancy.
McDaniels, however, did not follow suit. In a shocking turn of events, McDaniels decided to back out of an agreement with the Indianapolis Colts to stay on as the Patriots’ offensive coordinator.
McDaniels even took his agreement as far as hiring assistant coaches, showing just how shocking this move was.
On Tuesday morning, the Patriots made a last-ditch effort to retain McDaniels by sweetening his contract and it worked.
McDaniels’ decisions don’t only affect the Colts’ organization and himself; they also have a huge effect on the assistant coaches whom he lured to Indianapolis to join his staff.
McDaniels basically hung his staff of coaches that he brought to the Colts out to dry. These coaches will most likely be jobless when next season rolls around, as the person Indianapolis decides to go with as their head coach will most likely bring in his own staff.
One thing is for sure – McDaniels has damaged his reputation within the NFL and it would be surprising to see him get a job from anyone but the Patriots for a long time.
Many people in the media have come out and bashed McDaniels’ decision, including one of the most respected NFL coaches of all-time ; Tony Dungy.
He tweeted there was “NO excuse big enough” to justify what McDaniels did and that what he did was “indefensible.”
But the Colts may have dodged a bullet.
McDaniels has had one other stint as a head football coach in his NFL career and quite frankly, he was awful.
McDaniels coached the Denver Broncos for two seasons in 2009 and 2010.
In his two seasons, he went 11-17 before getting fired in 2010 after a 3-9 start.
McDaniels never made the playoffs and drafted horribly as the head man for Denver.
So, while Indianapolis may be back at square one, it could be a blessing in disguise. The Colts will now start over and begin the interview process all over again.
The Colts’ first interview will be with Saints assistant coach and former Dolphins interim head coach, Dan Campbell.
Indianapolis has also requested to interview Buffalo Bills defensive coordinator and former Vikings head coach, Leslie Frazier.
While Campbell doesn’t have much experience as a head coach, only 12 games, Frazier had a 10-win season in Minnesota when he was in charge, bringing his team to the playoffs.
Sure, a successful offensive coordinator like McDaniels may have been nice for Andrew Luck, the Colts’ franchise quarterback, but it’s not the end of the world considering his track history as a head man in the NFL.