Josh McDaniels burned a lot of bridges following his decision to walk away from the Colts head coaching job, and that includes one of the most influential agents in the NFL.
The Colts’ organization said in their statement that they had “reached an agreement” with Josh McDaniels to become their next head coach. Indianapolis had even already hired three assistant coaches for McDaniels’ staff before he decided to remain in New England.
Bob LaMonte is one of the most well-respected agents in football, and he has decided to terminate his relationship with Josh McDaniels after this bizarre move.
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The catch here is that LaMonte also represents Colts general manager Chris Ballard, and he must feel that Ballard was left out to dry by McDaniels. According to Mike Garafolo, LaMonte told McDaniels he was “perhaps the biggest professional mistake of his career.”
Chris Ballard ended his press conference on Wednesday by saying the “rivalry is back on” between the Colts and Patriots.
After this whole situation, it’d be difficult to see any other NFL team taking a chance on Josh McDaniels. He already had a spotty head coaching record, and now he is widely viewed as a traitor after backing out of this commitment.
McDaniels’ conversation with Patriots owner Robert Kraft had to include some sort of promise that he would be the next head coach in New England after Bill Belichick eventually retires. McDaniels also reportedly got some added incentives in his contract to leave the Colts out in the cold.
Ultimately, the Colts are happy to move on from a possible head coach that was not all in, and now they can turn their focus to finding a head coach who is fully committed to the job.