Hours after the Indianapolis Colts announced Josh McDaniels had agreed to be the team’s next head coach, the New England Patriots offensive coordinator pulled out. In a statement, the Colts say they are “surprised and disappointed” by McDaniels’ decision. The team has scheduled a news conference for 11:00 this morning.
The statement from the team says:
After agreeing to contract terms to become the Indianapolis Colts’ new head coach, New England Patriots assistant coach Josh McDaniels this evening informed us that he would not be joining our team. Although we are surprised and disappointed, we will resume our head coaching search immediately and find the right fit to lead our team and organization on and off the field.
The scheduled press conference at Lucas Oil Stadium will not take place tomorrow. More information will be forthcoming.
McDaniels would have succeeded Chuck Pagano, who was fired last year after six seasons as head coach. He is also a former offensive coordinator for the St. Louis Rams and former head coach of the Denver Broncos.