Josh McDaniels is expected to join Matt Patricia on the way out the door in Foxboro. The Patriots offensive coordinator will reportedly become the next head coach of the Indianapolis Colts.
The NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport tweeted on Monday that the Colts “held strong” in their pursuit of McDaniels to replace Chuck Pagano as head coach. In light of McDaniels’ new job, the Tennessee Titans will have to look elsewhere after ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported McDaniels as a “favorite” to replace Mike Mularkey.
In addition the McDaniels, the Colts are also expected to hire ex-Cowboys assistant Matt Eberflus as defensive coordinator.
McDaniels reportedly has a close relationship with Colts GM Chris Ballard. That’s a factor that presumably favored the Titans, considering their GM Jon Robinson worked for the Patriots from 2002-2013. The Colts also, of course, have former Patriot Jacoby Brissett at quarterback.
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However, the No.1 factor to McDaniels’ hire in Indianapolis has to be starting QB Andrew Luck. The former top overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft missed the entire 2017 season due to injury and his future is uncertain. But if McDaniels takes the job, he likely knows that Luck will be back in 2018 and ready to rebound.
If anyone can turn Luck into the elite franchise QB he has the potential to become, it’s McDaniels. He’s an offensive wizard who would almost certainly find creative and productive ways to use Luck and the Colts’ stable of weapons. The questions for McDaniels are how he’d handle the defense and whether he truly has the acumen and leadership qualities to be a successful head coach.
But, considering he comes from the Belichick school of coaching, McDaniels will surely know how to prepare the Colts week-to-week. He will attack opponents’ weaknesses on offense and eliminate their strengths on defense. And the thought of a healthy Luck with an offensive-minded coach who actually has a clue is an intriguing one.
As for McDaniels’ replacement as offensive coordinator, Patriots wide receivers coach Chad O’Shea could be the guy. Former Alabama offensive coordinator Brian Daboll could’ve been a candidate, but he is headed to the Buffalo Bills to be their OC instead.
McDaniels and the Colts will visit Foxboro to play the Patriots in the 2018 season. So you can reasonably expect that game to happen in primetime.
— By Matt Dolloff, 985TheSportsHub.com
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