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Reasons why Josh McDaniels decided to stay in New England

Ryan Hannable
February 06, 2018 - 9:20 pm

Josh McDaniels shocked the football world Tuesday night when he decided to stay in New England as offensive coordinator and back out of the Colts' head-coaching job. A press conference had been scheduled for Wednesday.

Many immediately thought this meant Bill Belichick would be stepping away and McDaniels would be taking over for him, but that is not the case.

ESPN's Adam Schefter and Mike Reiss have said Belichick decisively will be back in 2018.

The report adds if Belichick was in fact going to leave, that would have actually enticed McDaniels to leave New England even more. The Patriots didn't make their push to keep McDaniels until recent days. If they would have earlier and Belichick's status for 2018 was confirmed, he may not have interviewed for other jobs as aggressively as he did. 

Also, the report says McDaniels was having some trouble getting comfortable with moving his family from New England to Indianapolis. He already had gone from New England, to Denver, to St. Louis and back to New England earlier in his career.

Based on this, once McDaniels heard what he needed to hear from the Patriots, it was enough to change his mind.

One thing to keep in mind is McDaniels doesn't look very good in league circles. He has put the Colts in a tough spot to find a head coach now after they thought they had him, and also several assistants signed contracts with the Colts with the intention of McDaniels being head coach. They reportedly will stay with the Colts no matter who the next head coach is.

While nothing is confirmed, it seems like McDaniels is set up to replace Belichick, as it will be very hard for him to get another head-coaching job with another team.