The news broke Tuesday night that Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels was reneging on taking the Colts head coach job, and for the Dolphins and the rest of the AFC East it has definite implications.
First, the details here from ESPN’s Adam Schefter, who broke the story:
In the past 48 hours, Patriots owner Robert Kraft began talking with Josh McDaniels and ultimately wound up sweetening his contract, helping to entice him to remain in New England, per sources. Bill Belichick has his OC back.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) February 7, 2018
This was after the Colts had announced his hiring and scheduled a Wednesday news conference to introduce the 41 year old McDaniels, as the new leader for QB Andrew Luck and the offense in Indy.
Amazingly, ESPN further reports that apparently McDaniels did not sign anything to finalize with Jim Irsay, the Colts owner and GM Chris Ballard. This is despite McDaniels not only agreeing to the deal verbally over a week earlier, but the Colts are now really scrambling, as they hired three assistants that McDaniels wanted already. And, now, they have to start over at getting a head coach and then, to fill out a coaching staff.
And it shouldn’t be overlooked that New England owner Robert Kraft is getting to stick it to a playoff rival, the Colts, who complained about the footballs and the “Deflate Gate” controversy began three years ago.
Back to the headline and the premise for the Dolphins and the Jets and the Bills.
Obviously, this is a “win” for Tom Brady and the Pats offense, which has dominated the East for his entire career. He’s 76-20 in his career against the division and they have won the AFC East an astounding 15 times out of 17 years in his time in New England.
Sure, New England has succeeded before with now, Texans coach Bill O’Brien having been coordinating and calling the plays in Foxboro earlier this decade.
But clearly, in his two stints with Brady and the offense, there is a comfort level with McDaniels and a confidence level from Brady with his play calls that is almost absurd.
Yes, the Dolphins have picked up a win here and there, including in December when they knocked off the Pats in a game that could have cost them home field advantage in the AFC.
But clearly, the continuity is big at this moment.
It’s also unclear on Tuesday night, if the Patriots promised McDaniels that he will be the heir apparent to Belichick, and maybe they are looking to do that soon. Not likely for this fall, but maybe 2019?
One thing is for sure, after his second year meltdown as the Broncos head coach that got him fired, and now completely screwing the Colts after they announced his hire, McDaniels has less of a shot another NFL team hiring him than the Flu.
Still, it’s bad news in Miami and for anyone having to play the Patriots regularly.
So, the bad news isn’t exclusive to Colts fans.
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