New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels’ relationship with agent Bob LaMonte has been severed, a day after he turned down the Indianapolis Colts’ head coaching position.

Dan Graziano of ESPN first reported the news:

It was reported earlier by Mike Garafolo of NFL Network (via Kevin Patra) that LaMonte thought McDaniels¬† was “making perhaps the biggest professional mistake of his career,” by leaving the Colts.

Dating back to January, McDaniels was expected to be named the Colts’ next head coach after the season. A plan was in place for him to be introduced as the next head coach on Wednesday, but McDaniels opted to stay on with the Patriots as their offensive coordinator.

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Colts general manager Chris Ballard did a press conference on Wednesday and announced the team’s rivalry with the Patriots was “back on.” He also said the Colts would “get the right leader” to coach the team.

The Colts fired Chuck Pagano after a six-year tenure with the team. Despite leading the Colts to three consecutive 11-win seasons that took them to the playoffs, Pagano had a rocky relationship with management – particularly former GM Ryan Grigson.

With injuries to Andrew Luck and a lack of roster talent, the Colts haven’t posted a winning season in their last three years. They went 3-13 in 2017, which gave them no choice but to fire Pagano.

via David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

McDaniels was head coach of the Denver Broncos for two years, but was fired during the 2010 season after accumulating an 11-17 record. After a brief stint with the St. Louis Rams, he returned as the Patriots offensive coordinator in 2012. He’s won five Super Bowls with the organization, and helped them reach a total of eight Super Bowls.

McDaniels’ situation is similar to that of Bill Belichick – who was hired to be head coach of the New York Jets for the 2000 season. A day later, he announced his resignation to become head coach of the Patriots. The rest, as they say, is history.

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