Josh McDaniels explains why he reversed decision on Colts job to stay with Patriots

There’s not much love lost for Josh McDaniels in Indianapolis after he backed out of the Colts head coach job to stay on as the Patriots offensive coordinator earlier this offseason.

Josh McDaniels explains why he reversed decision on Colts job to stay with Patriots

Josh McDaniels explains why he reversed decision on Colts job to stay with Patriots

But as McDaniels explained Monday, his decision wasn’t about the Colts organization — it was about what he thought was best for his family and his future.

“Indianapolis did a tremendous job. They have a tremendous organization and I was lucky to be considered and I just think once I found out [what my future in New England was], I made the right decision for me and my family at this time,” McDaniels said (via The Boston Globe).

McDaniels said a conversation with Patriots owner Robert Kraft and coach Bill Belichick while he was cleaning out his office convinced him to stay in Foxboro. And though no promises were made regarding his future with the team, a pay raise and a good heart-to-heart made him rethink the move.

“I wasn’t 100 percent sure what the future was. I just hadn’t had any clarity on that,’’ McDaniels said Monday, speaking publicly for the first time since his decision. “So, where did I fit in? Were there any plans? I just didn’t have much clarity on what my role was here moving forward. …

“Once I heard from Robert and Bill on that Tuesday, it just gave me reason to pause and consider this whole situation.”

McDaniels apologized “to anyone who was affected in any way” and said “it was never my intention to go into this and put anybody in an awkward position,” but the opportunity to work for Kraft and Belichick while coaching Tom Brady wasn’t something he was ready to walk away from.


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“Look, I’m privileged to have the opportunity to do that and when they kind of crystallized that — ‘Hey, here’s what we see going forward and here’s how we would like you to fit into it’ — it gave me a reason to stop and say, ‘All right, what’s the best decision for me?’ And certainly it was difficult. But I made the decision on my own, nobody pushed me into it."

Still only 41, McDaniels may likely get another chance to be an NFL head coach. However, any GM outside of New England may balk at his word.

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