Colts announce Josh McDaniels hired as new coach, Patriots purge officially underway

The 41-year-old McDaniels goes from guiding Tom Brady and the high-octane Patriots to a team that struggled mightily without quarterback Andrew Luck, who missed all of last season while recovering from right shoulder surgery in January 2017.

Josh McDaniels' second shot as an National Football League head coach will indeed come with the Colts.

As Florio notes, McDaniels could be sticking around to replace head coach Bill Belichick if Belichick unexpectedly retires.

Though they likely had an unofficial agreement, the Colts couldn't announce McDaniels as the head coach until he fulfilled his duties with the New England Patriots.

The departures of McDaniels and Patricia leave Belichick with a substantial coaching staff reshuffle on his hands for the close season.

Schuplinski joined New England's staff as a coaching assistant in 2013, and he's been the Patriots' assistant quarterbacks coach under Josh McDaniels for each of the past two seasons.

The move comes two days after the Patriots dropped a 41-33 decision to the Philadelphia Eagles in Super Bowl LII in Minneapolis.

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McDaniels is believed to be the Indianapolis Colts preferred candidate for their head coaching opening, while Patricia is expected to be take over the Detroit Lions.

This basically confirms Belichick will be back coaching next season, and now the team needs to find a new offensive coordinator.

Patricia did the same after the Patriots' emotional loss, then welcomed the Lions job with open arms less than 24 hours later. At the end of the day, the Colts were the winners of the McDaniels sweepstakes.

Patricia, meanwhile, whom the Giants considered for their head coaching vacancy, was ready to take the next step in his career, but not before showing honest gratitude for Belichick's mentorship.

This was a game where the offenses took over as the teams set six offensive Super Bowl records combined.

"He's leaving to be a head coach", he said.

  • Tabitha Byrd