Sources: Josh McDaniels changes mind, will stay with Patriots and not take Colts job

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After dual days of thoughtfulness and conversations with a Patriots, New England descent coordinator Josh McDaniels has motionless not to accept a Indianapolis Colts’ head-coaching job, joining sources told ESPN.

In a past 48 hours, Patriots owners Robert Kraft began articulate with McDaniels and eventually wound adult sweetening his contract, assisting to tempt him to sojourn in New England rather than leave for Indianapolis, that announced it would be holding a news discussion Wednesday to deliver a new conduct coach. However, McDaniels did not have a sealed agreement with a Colts, according to a source.

But this wasn’t a preference about money. The law is, McDaniels has been unsure on this preference via a talk process, ever given assembly with a Colts on wild-card weekend. It is a reason a second assembly with Colts officials and group owners Jim Irsay was held. McDaniels was perplexing to get gentle with a thought of holding his family out of New England and relocating to Indianapolis.

Throughout a process, McDaniels had emphasized to a Colts that he would need time to coddle a preference and plead it with his family. The some-more McDaniels reflected on potentially carrying a event to manager a Colts, a some-more it did not feel right to him and a improved it felt to sojourn in New England. McDaniels still would like to turn a conduct manager again, though this time, in this instance, he was not comfortable.

The Krafts also stepped in this week to make McDaniels feel even some-more wanted, and a dual sides were means to come to an agreement Tuesday night that will capacitate New England to keep a descent coordinator during a time it is losing a defensive coordinator, Matt Patricia, to a Detroit Lions.

McDaniels’ preference to stay could hint conjecture that maybe Patriots conduct manager Bill Belichick’s reign is about to end, though those tighten to McDaniels contend that isn’t a case, a source told ESPN’s Mike Reiss. The bigger cause to McDaniels was that a Patriots, who hadn’t addressed his destiny until a past week or so, finished an ultra-aggressive late pull to try to tempt him to stay. Had that happened a month or so ago, even if there was clarity that Belichick was really going to be a manager in 2018 (which he decisively is), McDaniels competence not have followed other head-coaching jobs as aggressively as he did.

Indianapolis now finds itself in a coaching bind, personification locate adult during a time when a other head-coaching openings in a joining have been filled. During a talk process, a Colts spoke with McDaniels, who is remaining in New England; former Kansas City Chiefs descent coordinator Matt Nagy, who supposed a Chicago Bears’ head-coaching job; former Houston Texans defensive coordinator Mike Vrabel, who supposed a Tennessee Titans’ head-coaching job; former Carolina Panthers defensive coordinator Steve Wilks, who supposed a Arizona Cardinals’ head-coaching job; Baylor conduct manager Matt Ruhle, who pronounced he’s remaining during a school; and former Seattle Seahawks defensive coordinator Kris Richard, who took a defensive passing-game coordinator coaching pursuit with a Dallas Cowboys.

Indianapolis now has coaching and quarterback questions. On Sunday, ESPN’s Chris Mortensen reported there still are concerns about Andrew Luck‘s shoulder and either he could breeze adult wanting additional surgery.

The Colts now will have to go behind to a sketch board, while a Patriots have some of a coaching fortitude they seemed to be losing. The conditions is not wholly separate to Belichick stepping divided from a New York Jets’ head-coaching pursuit after a 1999 season, though he did that a day of a press conference. McDaniels has finished this a night before he was scheduled to be introduced by a Colts; though he was not gentle creation a jump, conjunction for him nor his family.

Information from ESPN’s Mike Reiss contributed to this report.

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