By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
This off-season, New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels turned down an opportunity to become the Indianapolis Colts head coach. McDaniels at first agreed to become the new Colts coach — and the team even announced the move via social media.
However, shortly thereafter, he had a chance of heart, and decided to remain the Patriots offensive coordinator after talking to Patriots owner Robert Kraft and head coach Bill Belichick. According to WBZ-TV 4 in Boston, McDaniels has a five-year agreement with the Patriots that “pays him like a head coach.”
Of course, he is not the head coach yet. Belichick has been their head coach since the 2001 season.
“Of course he bowed out of being the Colts’ head coach, and here’s my understanding of one reason why: The Patriots gave him a five-year contract, which is huge. Basically, it never happens for a coordinator, and from what I am told, he’s being paid like a first-time head coach, the highest paid coordinator in football by far,” Rapoport said.
The NFL Insider said he believes the new deal is worth $4 million per season. It also means that McDaniels will be together with living legend Tom Brady for the rest of his career.
McDaniels was the Patriots offensive coordinator from 2006 through 2008. Then, he returned in 2012 and has been in the role ever since.
Prior to his promotion as offensive coordinator, McDaniels was Brady’s quarterbacks coach.
This move also is believed to be a “coach-in-waiting” decision, as McDaniels will likely be promoted once Belichick decides to retire. The team has denied any such speculation, as Belichick is 66-years-old and is on the last few years of his career.
As an NFL head coach in two seasons with the Denver Broncos, McDaniels is 11-17. He was fired after Week 13 of his second season with the team in 2010.
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