FOXBORO, Mass. (WPRI) — After it was widely reported that Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels had agreed to become the new head coach of the Indianapolis Colts, it appears he’s had a last-minute change of heart.
According to the NFL, McDaniels withdrew from the Colts job several hours after the team made the announcement on Twitter. (The team’s tweet has since been removed.)
News of the Colts’ plan to hire McDaniels surfaced last month but league rules prohibited the team from making it official until the Patriots’ season ended. The Colts fired head coach Chuck Pagano in December after a disappointing 4-12 season.
Citing sources, ESPN’s Adam Schefter and Mike Reiss say a number of factors went into McDaniels’ decision, including stability for his family, Bill Belichick’s intention to return as head coach, and a sweetening of his contract by Patriots owner Robert Kraft.
As of Tuesday night, former Patriots defensive coordinator Matt Patricia is still slated to take the head coaching job with the Detroit Lions.
The Patriots are scheduled to face both the Colts and the Lions this season.
It would’ve been McDaniels’ second stint as a head coach after the Denver Broncos gave him a shot in 2009. The team went 8-8 that year and missed the playoffs, then parted ways with McDaniels after a 3-9 start the following season.
McDaniels has won five Super Bowls with New England after being hired as an assistant in 2001. He was promoted to offensive coordinator in 2006 and was in that role for three seasons before taking the Broncos job.
After one season as the St. Louis Rams’ offensive coordinator in 2011, McDaniels was rehired by Belichick and served as the Patriots’ OC for another six seasons.