Now that the Super Bowl is over, the Indianapolis Colts have made it official: New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels is taking the head coaching gig in Indy.
We are excited to welcome Josh McDaniels, who has agreed to terms as our new head coach!
Press conference scheduled for Wednesday. pic.twitter.com/FIzhqIf2y4
— Indianapolis Colts (@Colts) February 6, 2018
One of the worst-kept secrets in the NFL was made official Tuesday. Word got out that McDaniels was going to be tapped to replace Chuck Pagano, who was fired after a disappointing 2017 season. However, the Colts couldn’t make the hire official until after the Patriots completed their season.
Per sources, the Colts also have contracts in place with three of Josh McDaniels’ new assistants: Defensive coordinator Matt Eberflus, OL coach Dave DeGuglielmo and DL coach Mike Phair.
— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) February 6, 2018
McDaniels has spent a total of 16 of the last 19 seasons with the Patriots in various roles. Sandwiched in between was a less-than-fruitful head coaching tenure in Denver in 2009 and 2010, followed by a 2011 stint as offensive coordinator of the St. Louis Rams, where he often clashed with then-head coach Steve Spagnuolo. He returned to the Patriots a season later.