Prior to Super Bowl LII, much of the talk was about how some of New England Patriots coaches were likely going to be elsewhere for the 2018 season. Those coaches included defensive coordinator Matt Patricia who has been named head coach of the Detroit Lions and offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels who was expected to accept the head coaching job with the Indianapolis Colts.
But according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, McDaniels has decided not to take the job with the Colts but will instead remain with the Patriots.
In the past 48 hours, Patriots owner Robert Kraft began talking with McDaniels and ultimately wound up sweetening his contract, helping to entice him to remain in New England rather than leave for Indianapolis, which announced it would be holding a news conference Wednesday to introduce its new head coach. However, McDaniels did not have a signed contract with the Colts, according to a source.
Schefter added that though Kraft may have sweetened the deal, it was not just the money that swayed McDaniels from heading to the Colts to coach Andrew Luck.
But this wasn’t a decision about money. The truth is, McDaniels has been vacillating on this decision throughout the interview process, ever since meeting with the Colts on wild-card weekend. It is the reason a second meeting with Colts officials and team owner Jim Irsay was held. McDaniels was trying to get comfortable with the idea of taking his family out of New England and moving to Indianapolis.
Throughout the process, McDaniels had emphasized to the Colts that he would need time to mull the decision and discuss it with his family. The more McDaniels reflected on potentially having the opportunity to coach the Colts, the more it did not feel right to him and the better it felt to remain in New England. McDaniels still would like to become a head coach again, but this time, in this instance, he was not comfortable.
Lions fans, can you imagine if Matt Patricia pulled this at the last second?!?!