Published: Sat, February 10, 2018
Sports | By Nelson Rowe

Bill Belichick Had Significant Influence In Josh McDaniels' Meeting

Bill Belichick Had Significant Influence In Josh McDaniels' Meeting

PATRIOTS offensive co-ordinator Josh McDaniels has lost his agent after backing out of an agreement to become head coach of the Indianapolis Colts.

Ballard took responsibility for announcing the hire before McDaniels signed a contract.

Indianapolis Colts general manager Chris Ballard answers questions during a press conference today at the National Football League team's practice facility in Indianapolis.

As bad as it sounds, Indianapolis acted pretty shady towards this whole situation since there were times when it seemed like they didn't even fully understand what was going on with Luck's shoulder.

"Belichick told McDaniels that he would spend more time with him on the inner workings of the Patriots, including roster construction and salary-cap management, which was viewed as "extremely valuable" to McDaniels", Reiss reports.

"Bill Belichick said to him, 'I want you to be by my side".

That was the extent of the exchange with McDaniels at his door.

McDaniels' first head coaching job was somewhat derailed by not having a true franchise quarterback in Denver. When McDaniels went to pack up his things at Gillette Stadium, Robert Kraft and Belichick sat the offensive coordinator down and convinced him to stay in his current position.

The other candidates considered by Ballard: Kansas City offensive coordinator Matt Nagy, Houston defensive coordinator Mike Vrabel, Seattle defensive Kris Richard and Baylor head coach Matt Rhule. The team even went so far as to announce an agreement on Tuesday morning, before McDaniels made a decision to stay with the Patriots as offensive coordinator before a scheduled press conference on Wednesday.

Coaches' contracts typically run until 10 days after the conclusion of a team's season, and teams can block their coaches from interviewing for other jobs until those contracts expire. However, ESPN said the Patriots front office did not make any promises to McDaniels.

"I just said, 'I just need a yes or no answer".

It has been recently confirmed that McDaniels has reserved his decision to become the next head coach of the Indianapolis Colts and has chosen to stay in New England. He said all the right things Wednesday and pointed out the Colts have already moved on and are prepared to interview more candidates. Despite being so late in the process, Ballard emphasized that the Colts will not put a timetable on when they will hire a coach.

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