Patriots lose McDaniels to Colts

Tricia Pearson
February 7, 2018

McDaniels succeeds Chuck Pagano, who was sacked past year after six seasons as head coach.

McDaniels, 33 at the time, admitted he handled that situation poorly.

For the Patriots, McDaniels departure comes on the heels of defensive coordinator Matt Patricia taking the Lions job, officially, on Monday afternoon. Back in 1960, a Buck Shaw-led team went up against a legendary head coach and quarterback duo for one of football's greatest dynasties. He was in the position for the 2016 season when Tom Brady, Jimmy Garoppolo and Jacoby Brissett each got starts and each got at least one win.

That time just may not be as a member of the Patriots' staff. Both Ballard and McDaniels have shown a willingness to make deals in order to maximize their number of picks. The Colts could also use at least one more good wide receiver, some reinforcements for the offensive line, and an infusion of young talent into a defense that is likely staring down a scheme change into a 4-3 alignment.

In the week leading up to Super Bowl LII, there were whispers that Josh McDaniels' commitment to the Indianapolis Colts may have been wavering.

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It certainly seems as if Josh McDaniels will be the next coach of the Colts, but the Patriots are making the anticipation as agonizing as possible. While there are some concerns about Luck's health, McDaniels must have confidence that he will be ready for next season.

Now, the AFC South becomes the most interesting division to watch this offseason.

The clear favorite as general manager Chris Ballard's coaching search unfolded, the New England Patriots offensive coordinator agreed to a multi-year contract with the team Tuesday. During the game, the site reported there's "increasing chatter" that McDaniels might not leave the Patriots. Clearly that's not the case.

During his second run with the Patriots, McDaniels' offense was top 10 in yards points and giveaway five of the six years.

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