Colts make it official, hire Josh McDaniels as new coach


McDaniels had two stints in New England.

While the Colts had McDaniels on their radar for weeks in their search for a replacement for Chuck Pagano, they couldn't make the hiring official until after the Patriots' season ended.

The Colts are looking to rebound from an bad 3-13 record, as 2017 was their first losing season in six years. McDaniels has a stiff task ahead of him, but working with highly regarded GM Chris Ballard it will be fascinating to see what he can do in his second coming as an National Football League head coach. That occurred January 27 in Foxborough, Mass., and owner Jim Irsay joined Ballard for the follow-up.

Indianapolis made the announcement on Tuesday, just two days after McDaniels and the Patriots lost Super Bowl LII to the Philadelphia Eagles.

The departures of McDaniels and Patricia leave Belichick with a substantial coaching staff reshuffle on his hands for the close season.

McDaniels declined to address his imminent relocation to Indy following the game.

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"One thing I told my wife, this week especially, we're fortunate enough to have the opportunity to go to the Super Bowl now back-to-back, to play in an awesome game for the third time in four years", Schuplinski said, according to Boston Herald's Jeff Howe. With his return to New England, McDaniels was able to help guide the Patriots to a Super Bowl win against the Seattle Seahawks in 2014.

"He's an wonderful coach", Amendola said.

"I don't often have personal feelings about when coaches are named, or coaches get jobs, but I have a personal feeling about this one - and it's a strong one, and it's a positive one for the Colts".

The team did not reveal financial details surrounding the McDaniels' deal.

McDaniels was hired to coach the Denver Broncos in 2009, but was sacked mid-way through the 2010 season after accumulating an 11-17 record. When Josh McDaniels sort of flamed out in Denver - whatever it was, seven years ago - I had a long conversation with him after the fact, and he said to me at that time, 'I want you to be completely honest with me. He was sacked by the Denver Broncos after going 11-17 during the 2009 and 2010 campaigns.