Patriots OC Josh McDaniels is expected to be hired as the head coach of the Colts by the end of the NFL playoffs. After a disappointing season from Chuck Pagano and the Colts, it is no surprise that the front office is looking to take a different approach.
You can’t help to think that the Colts are making a great choice by hiring McDaniels. He has a proven track record with plenty of playoff experience that can put mediocre teams over the top, and the most notable thing here is, he’s used to winning.
In the recent years, the Patriots have been dominant; but obviously McDaniels can’t get all the credit, nor does he deserve all of it. When you have an offense with Tom Brady, and weapons like Cooks, Gronkowski, and many more: managing an offense may not be as challenging. At the same time, being under Bill Belichick is something worthwhile, and there is no doubt you will leave will head coaching experience. Although many leave the Patriots with head coach offers, the overall record of coordinators under Bill Belichick that became head coaches is 103-152 with a 1-3 record in the postseason. This includes McDaniels who was already a head coach for the Broncos in 2009 and 2010 before returning to New England. Under McDaniels, the Broncos went 11-17 in two years.
McDaniels will look to implement the same stuff he did with Brady with his new and younger quarterback Andrew Luck. Luck, who has been unhealthy, will also look to make strides this next season as Indianapolis hunts for a playoff spot. Will McDaniels replicate his struggle in Denver, or will he take his success from New England with him? The only thing we know for sure right now is that Indianapolis needs a smart and talented head coach, and hopefully for their sake, McDaniels is that guy.