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Josh McDaniels rejects Colts, opts to stay with Patriots

Ty Anderson
February 06, 2018 - 7:50 pm

In an absolutely shocking move, Josh McDaniels has reportedly decided not to accept the Colts’ head coach job and will remain with the Patriots, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter. The Colts had announced the hiring of McDaniels as their next head coach earlier Tuesday.

According to Schefter, Patriots owner Robert Kraft began talking with McDaniels in the last 48 hours, and ultimately wound up sweetening his contract as the club's offensive coordinator, helping to entice him to remain with the Patriots.

[UPDATE 8:50 p.m.]: The Colts have released a statement. It reads: After agreeing to contract terms to become the Indianapolis Colts’ new head coach, New England Patriots assistant coach Josh McDaniels this evening informed us that he would not be joining our team. Although we are surprised and disappointed, we will resume our head coaching search immediately and find the right fit to lead our team and organization on and off the field.

The scheduled press conference at Lucas Oil Stadium will not take place tomorrow. More information will be forthcoming.

ESPN’s Mike Reiss has also reported that a “source close to situation says clarity on Bill Belichick's status in New England (Belichick is 'locked in' to coach Patriots next season), as well as stability for McDaniels' family were among the top factors for the sudden change.”

The 41-year-old McDaniels, who also serves as New England's quarterbacks coach in addition to his offensive coordinator duties, amassed an 11-17 record as a head coach during his 2009-10 run with the Broncos, and has been on this second run with the Patriots since 2011.

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