The whole Josh McDaniels situation is an embarrassing moment for the Colts organization, but it may have been the best thing for the franchise.
If Josh McDaniels wasn’t all-in on Indianapolis, then I’m glad he didn’t come.
Pro Football Talk reported on Super Bowl Sunday that there was “increasing chatter” that McDaniels was waffling on his decision to join the Colts. At that point, the Colts probably should’ve just pulled the plug on the whole thing, but they were too far down the road with McDaniels and they were the only NFL team who didn’t have a head coach in place for 2018.
Josh McDaniels reportedly made the decision that was “best for his family”. However, the Colts had already hired three assistant coaches who uprooted their families to work with him in Indianapolis.
We’ve already seen McDaniels in a head coaching position and it failed miserably in Denver. His temperament was terrible during his tenure with the Broncos, and there’s no guarantee that will change if he’s given another chance.
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Also, the track record of Bill Belichick’s former assistants becoming head coaches has not been very good.
There weren’t many quality candidates on the coaching carousel this offseason. The caliber of candidates were not nearly on last year’s level when Sean McVay and Kyle Shanahan were available.
Josh McDaniels may have been the hottest candidate this year, but he obviously has his flaws. This gives the Colts a way out of what may have been a disaster of a hire. There are still some quality candidates available, this roster already has some promising talent on it, and the Colts have an unlimited amount of resources to improve this offseason.
It’s not all bad in Indianapolis.