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    Colts expected to hire Pats OC Josh McDaniels as HC

    The Indianapolis Colts are moving quickly on Josh McDaniels.

    NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport and NFL Network's Tom Pelissero reported Monday that the Patriots offensive coordinator is expected to become the team's next head coach when New England's season comes to a close, according to sources.

    The Colts also spoke with Texans defensive coordinator Mike Vrabel, but the organization has firmly clung to McDaniels as its top choice since firing Chuck Pagano, Rapoport was told.

    Having already reached out to potential staff hires, McDaniels is expected to make Cowboys assistant Matt Eberflus his defensive coordinator, according to Pelissero.

    It was believed McDaniels might prefer the suddenly vacant Titans job, a gig that would come laced with an old friend in general manager Jon Robinson and the promising Marcus Mariota under center. Pelissero, though, noted Monday that McDaniels and Colts general manager Chris Ballard also share a strong relationship.

    Besides, the Colts opportunity gives McDaniels the chance to shift from tutoring Tom Brady to working with Andrew Luck. The Colts quarterback was lost all season to a shoulder injury, but is expected to return for 2018.

    Assuming Luck surges back, McDaniels will march into battle in the AFC South with a young signal-caller who still has the chance to carve out a Hall of Fame career.

    The Colts are missing pieces all over the roster, but Ballard has proven to be an aggressive operator in the front office and would make for an intriguing pairing with McDaniels.

    Fans in Denver remember McDaniels floundering in his first head-coaching stint with the Broncos, a run that lasted less than two seasons (from 2009 into 2010) before he was fired by team ownership.

    McDaniels has rebounded in New England, helping the club to a pair of Super Bowl wins while taking his time to pick another head-coaching destination. With Luck at his side, the ceiling is high in Indianapolis.
    http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap300...-as-head-coach

    I'm a big fan of this move.



    “Maybe one of these days I won't fail ” - Clayton Kershaw following Dodgers World Series loss

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    The latest on McDaniels:

    INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – The wait continues for the Indianapolis Colts, although the next step is coming.

    The team’s pursuit of Josh McDaniels as its next head coach was extended two more weeks after the New England Patriots chased down the Jacksonville Jaguars 24-20 in Sunday’s AFC Championship Game in Foxborough, Mass.

    The Colts and McDaniels met for the first time Jan. 3, and a follow-up interview will occur this week. According to a source with knowledge of the situation, the team will officially seek permission Monday morning from the Patriots to meet again with McDaniels.

    The second interview, allowed by the NFL in the bye week leading up to the Super Bowl for participating assistants, undoubtedly will include owner Jim Irsay.

    The first meeting resulted in the Colts and McDaniels being “close’’ on the parameters of a long-term contract, but nothing can be finalized as long as the Patriots remain alive in the postseason. The earliest a deal can be finalized is Feb. 5, the day after Super Bowl LII in Minneapolis.

    The presumptive nature of McDaniels’ relocation to Indy has been reinforced by reports of the Patriots’ offensive coordinator already forming his staff. He reportedly has settled on Dallas linebackers coach Matt Eberflus as his defensive coordinator and Oakland quarterbacks coach Jake Peetz as his offensive coordinator.

    General manager Chris Ballard has spearheaded the search for Chuck Pagano’s successor, and Irsay all but said he would rubber stamp his GM’s decision.
    http://fox59.com/2018/01/21/follow-u...osh-mcdaniels/



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    Another update: Ballard + Irsay meeting with McDaniels on Friday (today)



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    ESPN's Adam Schefter reported today (1/28) that the Colts will hire McDaniels after the Super Bowl.

    It's not really breaking news since it was known to happen, but this is the first time that Schefter has reported it's basically official. Before, only local media/NFL.com reported that it was close to official.



    “Maybe one of these days I won't fail ” - Clayton Kershaw following Dodgers World Series loss

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