Colts GM: Patriots 'Rivalry Is Back On' After Josh McDaniels Backs Out

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"In 31 cities, I'd say the odds of them hiring him (as head coach) would be slim to none", Weis continued.

"There's other guys that we wanted to interview, " Ballard said, "but because of the playoffs, we weren't able to do (that)".

Colts general manager Chis Ballard showed up for a news conference Wednesday — just not the one he expected.

On Tuesday, the Colts revealed they hired McDaniels and made plans for a press conference the next day.

"We will get the right leader for the Indianapolis Colts", Ballard said. Hours later, McDaniels called Ballard to turn down the job. "We went around for a minute and he said he's out, and I said, 'OK, we're gonna move forward". For now, I'll believe it when I see Luck on the field in 2018.

After spending the entire postseason being called the next head coach of the Indianapolis Colts, whispers started to generate during their bye week before Super Bowl LII that McDaniels wouldn't leave. And let's not kid ourselves, that's how the next head coach of the Indianapolis Colts will be viewed.

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Nearly everyone they interviewed prior to settling on McDaniels has landed a head coaching job elsewhere or withdrawn their name to stay at a college job, but there are still some appealing candidates out there for the Colts to choose from at this late stage.

However, ESPN reported that Patriots owner Robert Kraft had lobbied McDaniels to rethink, and ultimately persuaded him to stay with an offer of an improved contract.

"The rivalry is back on", the poised GM said as he walked away from the mic and headed back to his office to find a new football coach. We have work to do and I want somebody that's 100 percent committed to partnering with us in getting that work done.

"In a normal world you would assume that, but again, are we living in a normal world right now?" It could be a coaching decision, a team, a player movement or something else.

"At this point, we feel very strong that Andrew is in a good place", Ballard said. He also pointed out he won't circle back to any of the coaches they previously interviewed.

A Philadelphia native, Judge played at Mississippi State from 2000 to '04 before transitioning into his coaching career, first working as a graduate assistant at his alma mater (2005-2007) before spending a year at Birmingham-Southern (2008).

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