New England Patriots

New England Patriots offensive coordinator, Josh McDaniels has stunned the football world by reportedly not accepting the head coaching job for the Indianapolis Colts.

McDaniels will remain with the Patriots organization, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

In an announcement on Tuesday, the Colts had announced the hiring of McDaniels, but the offensive coordinator had second thoughts on the deal after speaking with Patriots owner, Robert Kraft.

What Changed McDaniels’ Mind?

Kraft and McDaniels had been in discussions over the past 48 hours, and the Patriots owner “ultimately wound up sweetening his contract, helping to entice him to remain in New England,” according to Schefter’s sources.

ESPN’s Mike Reiss added that Patriots head coach Bill Belichick was reportedly “locked in” through the 2018-19 season, and clarity on that situation, as well as family reasons kept McDaniels from taking the Indianapolis job.

The Colts said they were “surprised and disappointed” in a statement to the media tonight.

“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,” says the statement from the 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.”