Belichick reportedly spoke with McDaniels.
Josh McDaniels sent the NFL world into a frenzy Tuesday night. The Patriots offensive coordinator made an interesting decision that will send ripples throughout several NFL organizations.
According to a report from Adam Schefter on Tuesday night, McDaniels decided not to accept the Colts head coaching job. Instead, he decided to stay with in New England as the Patriots offensive coordinator.
It’s a stunning turn of events that came just hours after the Colts official social media pages welcomed McDaniels to Indy. An introductory press conference was scheduled for Wednesday afternoon — but canceled.
Instead, Indianapolis GM Chris Ballard used that time to discuss what had transpired, and how the Colts were going to recover. The Colts reportedly have several interviews lined up with various assistant coaches from around the league.
A new report from Mike Reiss of ESPN gave new information on what may have led to McDaniels’ decision to stay with the Pats. According to his report, Belichick offered to mentor McDaniels going forward.
Here’s what he had to say on the noon edition of SportsCenter.
“There were two things I’m told that really made Josh McDaniels shift here. No. 1, Bill Belichick said to him, ‘I want you to be by my side. I am going to open my world to you. Show you how I view roster building, how I look at financials and the salary cap.’ To McDaniels, who is 41 years old, the chance to be with Belichick, arguably the greatest coach of all-time, 65 years old, to have that opportunity was viewed as to be extremely valuable to him.
And the second part of this that appealed to Josh McDaniels was when the Patriots sort of sold him on the idea that his kids, who are 12, 10, 6 and 3, would have stability because they were willing to make a long-term commitment to him that in this coaching profession, it is hard to have your kids in the same school system for their entire youth. They were willing to make a commitment to him from a timeframe perspective that that was possible.
You can view the video of his full comments here.
McDaniels is now likely to be the coach-in-waiting. Now the only question is, how much longer will Bill Belichick stick around?