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Age / DOB:  (41) / 4/21/1976
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According to ESPN Patriots reporter Mike Reiss, OC Josh McDaniels was given "no assurances" that he would succeed Bill Belichick as New England's next head coach.
Most assumed that McDaniels' primary reason for leaving the Colts at the altar was that he had been tapped as Belichick's eventual successor, but apparently that's not the case. In fact, McDaniels has said privately that he'd prefer not to succeed Belichick in New England, feeling that it would be a "hard act to follow." It appears McDaniels was hesitant to move his family, including his four children, to Indianapolis, and was persuaded to stay in his current position after getting a "significant raise." Belichick, who acts as the Patriots' de facto GM in addition to his head-coaching duties, also promised to give McDaniels a voice in roster construction and salary cap decisions. It will be hard for McDaniels to get another head-coaching job outside of New England after flaking on the Colts. Feb 9 - 1:29 PM
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Patriots OC Josh McDaniels' agent, Bob LaMonte, has terminated his relationship with McDaniels after he decided to bail on the Colts' job.

Typically, the player/coach is the one who fires the agent; not the other way around. But LaMonte also represents Colts GM Chris Ballard and a number of other coaches and executives. LaMonte likely figures that him representing a flake like McDaniels also paints him in a bad light. Which is probably true. By bailing out on the Colts, McDaniels did what he thought was best for him.
Feb 7 - 1:38 PM

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports Patriots OC Josh McDaniels has backed out of his deal to replace Chuck Pagano as Colts head coach and will remain in New England.

Per Schefter, Patriots owner Robert Kraft decided to "sweeten" McDaniels' contract, "(enticing) him to remain in New England." The Colts, who are now back at Square 1, will be rightfully furious. It's stunning news, but not completely out of the blue. There were rumors Super Bowl weekend that McDaniels was getting cold feet about leaving New England. Nevertheless, those seemed to be put to rest when McDaniels was officially announced as Pagano's replacement on Tuesday. For anyone who watched ESPN's The Two Bills, the episode is reminiscent of what Bill Belichick pulled with the Jets in 2000, though Belichick had previously been on the Jets' staff. The reversal will raise questions about how long Belichick is for New England. It's hard to believe McDaniels would pass up a head-coaching opportunity unless he believed he would soon get his chance with his current club.
Feb 6 - 7:37 PM

Colts hired Josh McDaniels as head coach.

This was fully expected despite some pre-Super Bowl chatter McDaniels considered staying in New England. McDaniels failed in his first head-coaching stint in Denver, but he has rehabbed his value coordinating under Bill Belichick the last six years. With the Colts, McDaniels must improve an offensive line that has annually struggled to protect Andrew Luck, who is coming off a year in the injury wilderness. McDaniels is inheriting one of the worst defenses in the league. He is believed to be targeting Darrell Bevell as his offensive coordinator.
Feb 6 - 11:16 AM

According to Tom Curran of NBC Sports Boston, Patriots OC Josh McDaniels becoming the Colts' head coach is "still a go."

Reports surfaced Sunday that McDaniels was getting cold feet about accepting the head job in Indy, which naturally fueled rumors about Bill Belichick's future in Foxboro. Despite the speculation, McDaniels is still likely to join the Colts and could be introduced as soon as Wednesday. If McDaniels lands in Indianapolis as expected, he could bring along ex-Seahawks OC Darrell Bevell as his offensive coordinator.
Feb 5 - 9:26 AM

Profootballtalk's Mike Florio passes along "increasing chatter" Patriots OC Josh McDaniels will stay in New England after this season.

McDaniels as head coach of the Colts has long been considered a done deal, but the Colts couldn't get McDaniels to formally commit until after the Patriots were finished playing. During the playoffs, it sounds like McDaniels has had second thoughts about going to Indy. If McDaniels does spurn the Colts, it will immediately raise questions about Bill Belichick's future in New England.
Feb 4 - 7:31 PM

ESPN's Adam Schefter confirms the Colts will hire Patriots OC Josh McDaniels as their next head coach.

He had his second interview with the Colts on Friday, though it was mostly a formality as McDaniels had been viewed as the frontrunner all along. McDaniels will officially transition into his new role after the Super Bowl. McDaniels fared miserably in his first head-coaching stint with Denver but has rebuilt his reputation as one of the league's best coordinators over the past seven seasons. He'll have a franchise quarterback in Andrew Luck (assuming he's healthy) but the rest of Indy's roster needs work.
Jan 28 - 8:13 AM

Patriots OC Josh McDaniels will have a second interview for the Colts' head-coaching vacancy on Friday.

Like Kyle Shanahan with the 49ers last year, McDaniels is already the Colts' coach in everything but name. The arrangement will become official following Super Bowl LII. Per NFL.com's Ian Rapoport, McDaniels is meeting with GM Chris Ballard and Jim Irsay in New England to "plan and process."
Jan 25 - 6:28 PM

NFL Network's Tom Pelissero reports the Colts have requested a second interview with Patriots OC Josh McDaniels.

McDaniels is fully expected to become the Colts' next head coach, but they cannot make it official until after the Super Bowl. This "interview" then will likely just be a planning session for that eventual transition. McDaniels has overseen a top-12 offense each of his nine seasons as a coordinator in New England.
Jan 22 - 9:05 AM

NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports Patriots OC Josh McDaniels is expected to accept the Colts' head-coaching vacancy.

Rapsheet reported mere hours ago that McDaniels would "prefer the Titans over all coaching jobs." Apparently that's either not true or he is too far along in the process with Indy to turn back. McDaniels cannot formally be hired until the Patriots' playoff run is through. Accepting the Colts job would be going all in on Andrew Luck's healthy return from his shoulder odyssey.
Jan 15 - 2:48 PM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports Patriots OC Josh McDaniels "would prefer the Titans over all coaching jobs."

That would include the Colts, where McDaniels was expected to land before the Titans surprisingly parted ways with Mike Mularkey on Monday. According to Rapoport, McDaniels is wary of Andrew Luck's health and is intrigued by Marcus Mariota's upside. The Titans also have a much better overall roster than the Colts. If he gets to pick between the two, it sounds like McDaniels will end up in Tennessee.
Jan 15 - 12:37 PM

According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, Patriots OC Josh McDaniels is the "clear favorite" to replace Chuck Pagano as the Colts' next head coach.

McDaniels is also a finalist for the Giants' head-coaching vacancy, though it looks like he's leaning toward joining Andrew Luck in Indianapolis. The 41-year-old didn't have much success in his first head-coaching stint with Denver from 2009-10, but McDaniels has been widely considered among the league's top coordinators throughout his tenure in Foxboro and deserves another chance to lead his own team. The Colts will have to wait for the Patriots to finish their season before hiring McDaniels. Texans DC Mike Vrabel is the other finalist for the head job in Indy.
Jan 14 - 9:46 AM

MMQB's Albert Breer reports Patriots OC Josh McDaniels and Texans DC Mike Vrabel are finalists for the Colts' head coaching position.

Breer goes on to mention they could "add a candidate" but at the moment it is between McDaniels and Vrabel. Between the two, McDaniels seems likely to be the front-runner if he wants to leave the Patriots. If Andrew Luck is able to return next season, this could be a relatively attractive spot to coach.
Jan 13 - 11:08 AM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports Titans coach Mike Mularkey's "job is not safe," and the team is "preparing for a run" at Patriots OC Josh McDaniels.

The Titans barely squeaked into the playoffs, and the team took a step back in all facets from last year despite making the postseason for the first time since 2008. Mularkey and OC Terry Robiskie's dinosaur offense plays extremely slow and got by in 2016 by being the best red-zone team. They took a big step back in that area this year, and Marcus Mariota had one of his worst seasons yet. GM Jon Robinson worked in New England from 2002-2013 and knows McDaniels well.
Jan 6 - 10:40 AM

Patriots OC Josh McDaniels will interview for the Colts' head-coaching vacancy on Thursday.

He will reportedly interview with the Bears and Giants on Friday. The Colts will be the first interview for one of this year's most sought after candidates. McDaniels has been in no rush to leave New England in recent years, barely granting interviews and making it clear he will only take a plum job. Even with the Colts' disastrous 2017, they would seem to fit the bill with a franchise quarterback and respected new(ish) general manager. Meddlesome owner Jim Irsay is always a wild card.
Jan 2 - 4:46 PM

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