Josh McDaniels has earned his title as one of the brightest offensive minds in football, but will he be calling the plays now that he’s a head coach?
McDaniels is widely regarded as one of the best play-callers in the NFL, but it remains to be seen whether he will hold onto those duties after he becomes the next head coach of the Colts.
It has been reported that McDaniels will bring in Matt Eberflus as his defensive coordinator, but there hasn’t been much buzz about who he will hire as an offensive coordinator and what their role will be.
Mike McCoy was McDaniels’ offensive coordinator during his previous stint as a head coach in Denver, but McDaniels was the primary playcaller for the Broncos. That arrangement didn’t work out particularly well as McDaniels was fired halfway through his second season in Denver.
However, Sean McVay and Kyle Shanahan both had success this past season calling the plays in their first year as head coaches. McVay would even take a seat on the bench while the defense was on the field to draw up his offenisve gameplan for the next possession.
I’d expect McDaniels to hold on to his usual playcalling duties as the head coach in Indianapolis next season, but that could depend on who he hires as offensive coordinator. Mike McCoy is available this offseason, and that could be someone McDaniels trusts enough to call plays on offense.
Ultimately, Chris Ballard brought in Josh McDaniels to transform the Colts’ identity on offense, and the best way for McDaniels to do that is to showcase his skills as one of the NFL’s best playcallers.