McDaniels changes mind about Colts head coaching job, stays with Patriots

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ESPN’s Adam Schefter is reporting Josh McDaniels will not become the head coach of the Indianapolis Colts.

This, after the hiring of the New England Patriots’ offensive coordinator was announced on Tuesday on the Colts’ Twitter account.

Schefter quoted sources, Tuesday evening, in a tweet that said that Patriots owner Robert Kraft began talking with McDaniels and sweetened his contract, enticing him to remain in New England.

Schefter reported that a primary factor in the decision to stay was that McDaniels was not entirely comfortable with uprooting his family from New England and moving them to Indianapolis.

A Colts news conference to officially introduce McDaniels had been scheduled for Wednesday. It has since been cancelled.

In a statement released on Tuesday evening, the Indianapolis Colts say McDaniels infomred them of his choice to stay in New England after agreeing to contract terms. The organization said they were “surprised and disappointed” and would resume their head coaching search immediately.

McDaniels has been New England’s offensive coordinator the past five years. NFL rules prohibited the Colts from making the hiring official until the Patriots’ season ended. New England lost 41-33 to Philadelphia in Sunday’s Super Bowl.

McDaniels won five Super Bowl rings with New England and went 11-17 as Denver’s head coach in 2009 and 2010.

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