By MyFM's Jake Archer - Wow. What an absolute stunner. Adam Schefter just dropped a tweet on everybody's heads stating that Josh McDaniels will not be heading to Indianapolis and instead will be staying here in New England as the offensive coordinator. This comes on the same exact day that McDaniels was officially announced to be the next head coach of the Colts.
With the way things have been going with the Patriots in the past couple of days, this just adds to the drama. At least, this seems to be a good thing though because it brings some stability to a situation that was getting a little too out of hand. I honestly had to triple check everything about that Schefter tweet to make sure it was real because these days it is WAY too easy to get duped on Twitter.
Apparently Robert Kraft has been working to keep Josh for the past 48 hours and sweetened his contract up to make sure he stays and leads the McOffense for the foreseeable future. Although there have been questions surrounding Bill Belichick's status with the team, Mike Reiss is reporting that "stability around Belichick's status in New England (he's locked in for 2018) and stability for family among top factors for McDaniels' sudden change." So I guess that settles that in regards to Belichick?
I wonder just how much McDaniels was given in his new contract and if he was promised to be the coach-in-waiting for once Belichick is all done. At this point, he certainly won't be getting another team to go after him as a head coaching candidate. I also wonder what he knew and thought about the Andrew Luck injury situation in Indy. It never seemed like a stable enough situation there and I was surprised that he was taking the job. That team was a work in progress and now Josh will have the opportunity to continue winning and continue his partnership with the best quarterback of all time.
I had also heard some rumors regarding how McDaniels family felt about him going to Indy and they weren't so keen on the idea. This is nothing but rumors that I heard a day or two ago, but still it seems in line with this decision so I would tend to say they were true.
Now McDaniels will be back, as will special teams coordinator Joe Judge. This is a huge win for the Patriots and a huge loss for the Colts. I don't know where they will turn but frankly, I don't care. They remain one of my least favorite organizations and I wasn't looking forward to seeing someone I liked leading them. Maybe they'll hang a banner saying "Almost Had Josh McDaniels, 2018" up in their stadium.