New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels made no new friends in Indianapolis when he left the Colts on the altar.
The form was wrong, to say the least, and the result could weigh on McDaniels’ efforts to become head coach on other teams. However, that is not a certainty.
There are multiple angles to consider in this story. Conversations with three people with first-hand information offered three perspectives on the history of the week in the NFL outside of Philadelphia.
While the Colts are moving forward with other coach candidates in mind, we’re looking at what the future holds for McDaniels.

1.- The hard line
A former general manager with three decades of experience in the NFL was frank in his first opinion of McDaniels’ opportunities to become head coach elsewhere besides New England.
“I do not think I can be a head coach in the NFL,” said the former general manager. “I would not take the opportunity to hire him. I know it’s a stressful time, but what will happen to Josh McDaniels when things get complicated? Will he do the same again? That’s what I would worry about when I consider hiring him. That’s why I would let it happen. ”
Former coach and Hall of Famer Tony Dungy said there was “no excuse” for McDaniels to break his commitment after assistant coaches signed contracts with Indianapolis under the impression that McDaniels would be his head coach.
The decision to back down caused McDaniels agent Bob LaMonte to end the professional relationship with his client.
It is clear that the actions of McDaniels bothered many people.

2.- Some understanding
Another manager with more than two decades of experience in the NFL said that perceptions about McDaniels will remain, to some degree, about what happens next. Do the Patriots have a plan for McDaniels that goes beyond being their offensive coordinator?

“If Bill Belichick remains a coach of the Patriots for three more years and McDaniels is looking for work in a year or two, what happened to the Colts will hurt their chances,” the executive said. “People are going to say, ‘Wait a second, are you going to commit to this or not?'”
The timing of the hiring is another issue to consider.
The participation of the Patriots in the Super Bowl delayed the process for Indianapolis. In spite of having free the first week of Playoffs and another one before the Super Bowl, apparently, New England did not do anything to communicate its plans to McDaniels of a form in which it had avoided to be united with the Colts. Belichick may have wanted to keep his focus on preparing for the game against the Eagles. The reality for McDaniels may have been that he did not know until Tuesday what was his place in the Patriots.
That does not excuse McDaniels from breaking a verbal commitment that affected staff members that the Colts had already hired. Either way, if the time is more favorable for another team in the future, going after McDaniels could be less risky.

3.- A contrary opinion
Is McDaniels incontractable? Think what you want. Just remember that a person with a heliport on your super yacht could be the one who decides who is hired.
“Take the Redskins as an example,” said a third insider with the NFL. “Since 2001, they’ve hired (Marty) Schottenheimer, (Steve) Spurrier, (Joe (Gibbs), (Mike) Shanahan and (Jay) Gruden. (The Redskins) are going to hire whoever they want.”


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