UPDATE FROM ORIGINAL STORY
The Patriots were able to convince Josh McDaniels to come back as Bill Belichick's offensive coordinator, according to ESPN'S Adam Schefter.
Details on Josh McDaniels choosing to stay in New England rather than taking Colts’ HC job:https://t.co/aK4mNiq79D— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) February 7, 2018
END OF UPDATE
The Indianapolis Colts have finally announced New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels as their new head coach. ESPN's Adam Schefter reported the news this morning:
Former Patriots’ OC Josh McDaniels officially accepted the head-coaching position of the Indianapolis Colts.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) February 6, 2018
McDaniels was widely expected to take a head coaching gig following the regular season, with different teams vying for his services. At the end of the day, the Colts were the winners of the McDaniels sweepstakes.
Given his impressive track record with New England, McDaniels was one of the top head coaching targets across the league. He's won five Super Bowls with the Patriots, with the last two being as their offensive coordinator.
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McDaniels was hired to coach the Denver Broncos in 2009, but was fired mid-way through the 2010 season after accumulating an 11-17 record. He then became the St. Louis Rams offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach, but returned to the Patriots at the end of the 2011 season.
The Colts are looking to rebound from an awful 3-13 record, as 2017 was their first losing season in six years. Star quarterback Andrew Luck didn't play all season, due to a nagging shoulder injury. Indianapolis fired head coach Chuck Pagano after the regular season, as the team missed the playoffs for a third-straight year.
The Patriots offense was consistently among the NFL's best during McDaniels' last tenure as the team's offensive coordinator. Their offense ranked in the top-10 every year with the exception of the 2014 season, in which the Patriots still wound up winning Super Bowl 49.
McDaniels and quarterback Tom Brady became a lethal duo in the NFL, finding unique ways to dissect opposing defenses. They'd have slot receivers like Danny Amendola and Julian Edelman throw some passes. (Okay, maybe that Brady drop in Super Bowl 52 didn't work out, but you get the idea).
Defensive coordinator Matt Patricia also left the Patriots on Monday to become new head coach of the Detroit Lions. We will see who Bill Belichick hires to replace his two long-time comrades.
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