Josh McDaniels, the offensive coordinator who helped the New England Patriots to their third Super Bowl appearance in four years, decided Tuesday to remain with the Patriots rather than proceed with his plan to become head coach of the Indianapolis Colts, according to multiple people familiar with the situation.
It is not believed, those people said, that McDaniels was promised that he will be Bill Belichick's successor as the Patriots' head coach. However, Patriots owner Robert Kraft has said in the past that McDaniels would be a strong candidate to succeed Belichick when Belichick is done coaching the team.
The Colts had announced earlier Tuesday that McDaniels agreed to contract terms to be their head coach, and the team scheduled his introductory news conference for Wednesday. McDaniels even had hired some assistant coaches.
Instead, the Colts are left scrambling to find a new head coach, with other coaching staffs around the league already set. They conducted two formal interviews with McDaniels and waited until after the Patriots' appearance in the Super Bowl to hire him.
The Patriots lost, 41-33, in Super Bowl LII on Sunday in Minneapolis. Their defensive coordinator, Matt Patricia, left Monday to become head coach of the Detroit Lions.
McDaniels' decision to stay was first reported Tuesday night by ESPN after Profootballtalk reported Sunday that McDaniels was giving serious consideration to remaining with the Patriots, whether or not Belichick decided to retire after Sunday's game.
Belichick is said to be under contract next season with the Patriots. Those familiar with the McDaniels situation said Tuesday night they believe that Belichick plans to coach the Patriots next season.