The Indianapolis Colts may not have been the best fit for New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels, but make no mistake the former head coach of the Denver Broncos wants to give it another go in the future.
Per NFL.com, on Friday, Josh McDaniels spoke to the New England media en masse for the first time since spurning the Indianapolis Colts to remain the Patriots’ offensive coordinator. It is believed that McDaniels may be the coaching in waiting once Bill Belichick finally hangs up his hoodie.
Although Josh McDaniels’ tenure in Denver was short-lived, he did lead a Tim Tebow-led franchise [2009-2010] to the playoffs.
“You know, there’s a lot that goes into those things. It can be very complicated,” McDaniels said, via the team’s official website. “I’ll say this, I’ve stated again and again that I definitely want to be a head coach again. At the same time, I love being here. This is where my kids were born and raised. And we’ve made a pretty special life here and that’s not an easy thing to leave. So, there’s a lot to consider.
It was all but a done deal with Josh McDaniels agreed to replace Chuck Pagano in Indianapolis, but he pulled a Billy Donovan (when he took the Orlando Magic job, only to return to the Florida Gators basketball team) and changed his mind.
Evidently, the pull of being in contention for a Super Bowl berth every year was enough to keep McDaniels at home a little longer.
“Certainly, leaving here, I don’t take lightly, ever,” he said. “I would never take that lightly. It was a difficult process and I’m very happy with the decision that we made and grateful to be here and continue working towards the 2018 season.”
The Colts’ quarterback situation is still in limbo as Andrew Luck has yet to throw a football this offseason. While reports out of Indianapolis are confirming the former Stanford star should be ready by training camp. The Patriots will once again go to battle with Tom Brady under center.
While the notion of a promised jump to the head coaching position once Belichick is out there, Josh McDaniels told the media he has not been given a guarantee about such a rumor in his future.