Colts putting 'finishing touches' on Josh McDaniels' deal

The status of the Colts' pursuit of New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels as the team's new head coach is no longer officially unofficial.

Still, the fact that McDaniels isn't actually backing out of his "wink and nod" agreement with the Colts is great news for Indianapolis, as the remaining coaching candidate pool is severely depleted from what it once was to start the interview process.

In fact, Mark Maske of the Washington Post reported that the deal is nearing its completion.

Less than 48 hours has passed since a disappointing Super Bowl loss and two key coaches on the Patriots staff have already departed New England.

What a game, just an incredible Super Bowl with ups and downs for both the New England Patriots and the Philadelphia Eagles.

For weeks now, McDaniels has been mentioned in conjunction with the Colts head coach opening, nearly immediately after Chuck Pagano was relieved from the role after six years on the sidelines for Jim Irsay's team.

For Patricia, this will be his first chance to be a head coach in the NFL.

It is McDaniels' second stint as a head coach. His failure with the Broncos was so massive that he had to stay away from New England for a year or so before Belichick let him crawl back.

The Patriots have lost both their coordinators to head coaching positions.

For Patriots fans this is much of the same, a close heart attacks Super Bowl against an opponent that forces QB Tom Brady to attempt another hall of fame worthy comeback.

McDaniels was widely expected to take a head coaching gig following the regular season, with different teams vying for his services.

The Colts will hope McDaniels can have similar success with Andrew Luck, who was sidelined with a shoulder injury for the entire 2017 season.

After the game, McDaniels refused to talk about the rumors about the Colts.

The Pats now must replace two of Bill Belichick's most valued staff members.

  • Stacy Allen