The Indianapolis Colts officially named Josh McDaniels their new head coach Tuesday, putting to rest rumors McDaniels was planning on shafting the Colts and backing out of the offered coaching job.
But then, less than 12 hours after the Colts made the announcement, reports came in that McDaniels had indeed shafted the Colts and not accepted the head coaching job.
Stunner: Patriots’ OC Josh McDaniels has decided NOT to accept Colts’ HC job and will remain with New England, sources told ESPN.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) February 7, 2018
In the past 48 hours, Patriots owner Robert Kraft began talking with Josh McDaniels and ultimately wound up sweetening his contract, helping to entice him to remain in New England, per sources. Bill Belichick has his OC back.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) February 7, 2018
McDaniels was set to be announced as the new Colts head coach at a Wednesday press conference.
The Colts released a statement via their website Tuesday evening:
After agreeing to contract terms to become the Indianapolis Colts’ new head coach, New England Patriots assistant coach Josh McDaniels this evening informed us that he would not be joining our team. Although we are surprised and disappointed, we will resume our head coaching search immediately and find the right fit to lead our team and organization on and off the field.
The scheduled press conference at Lucas Oil Stadium will not take place tomorrow. More information will be forthcoming.
Chris Ballard will hold a press conference at 11AM.We will live stream on all #Colts properties:Colts Mobile App - https://t.co/fWBx0YUrWWTwitter - https://t.co/Ug99H0toQ3Facebook - https://t.co/j7SCQUHWd0 pic.twitter.com/ARagDVEDkZ— Indianapolis Colts (@Colts) February 7, 2018