Things weren't supposed to go down this way in Indianapolis.
"I can tell you there is NO excuse big enough to justify this", Dungy wrote on Twitter of McDaniels' decision to spurn the Colts in the 11th hour. The Colts, in the most backward way possible, got lucky. Wednesday he put an emphasis on reassuring people that the Colts will be able to find the right head coach to replace Chuck Pagano, who was sacked in January after six seasons. Speaking to Sports Center, Reiss explained that Belichick had a meaningful conversation with McDaniels this week. "That is what we're going to be built on", Ballard said.
On Wednesday, former Florida quarterback Tim Tebow weighed in on the decision by McDaniels, who selected Tebow as the 25th overall pick in the 2010 NFL Draft when McDaniels coached the Denver Broncos.
Another part of the Patriots' sales pitch that swayed McDaniels, per sources, was a long-term contractual commitment that would give McDaniels' four children, who are ages 12, 10, 6 and 3, the chance to stay in the same school system for an extended period of time. "I have not gotten that from the two doctors that he's seen here after the season". Reich also has plenty of National Football League experience as the Buffalo Bills' longtime backup quarterback.
The good news for Indy is that the only coaching vacancy still looks pretty attractive - if Andrew Luck is healthy.
The Colts are now reviewing their options once more, but Ballard remains confident of hiring a new head coach soon. If the Colts want a jolt to their culture, maybe Campbell is the best option.
McGinnis walked away from the job and became head coach of the Cardinals. "I'd say the odds of that happening are nearly a hundred percent". He might help the Colts' defense, which has consistently been below average the past few years. WBZ-TV, the CBS affiliate in Boston, asked the Patriots to interview McDaniels, but they said he will not be available until the NFL-mandated organized team activities that begin in April. It would make zero sense to hire a defensive-minded head coach whose approach would conflict with that of his inherited coordinator. Although Eagles head coach Doug Pederson was heavily involved with the offense, Reich had major influence as the team had to adjust following the season-ending knee injury to QB Carson Wentz.