In 2005, the New England Patriots won their third Super Bowl in four years and afterwards lost both their coordinators to head coaching opportunities elsewhere. 13 years later, history is on the verge of repeating itself: New England is on the doorstep of yet another Super Bowl appearance while the team's offensive and defensive coordinators are on the verge of leaving to pursue other opportunities.
First, it was reported that defensive coordinator Matt Patricia is expected to become the Detroit Lions' next head coach. Now, it looks as if his offensive counterpart Josh McDaniels will also leave New England: According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport and Tom Pelissero, McDaniels is expected to agree to a contract offer by the Indianapolis Colts once the team is allowed to extend a deal.
Indianapolis can only do so after the Patriots' season ends but once that happens, it looks like a safe bet that McDaniels will sign it and take his second head coaching opportunity. The 41-year old, who is in his ninth overall season as New England's offensive coordinator, was head coach of the Denver Broncos from 2009 through midway during the 2010 season.
Even with the Tennessee Titans' head coaching job opening up earlier today, it looks as if McDaniels picks the Colts over them – quarterback Andrew Luck and general manager Chris Ballard might be two of the reasons why. If McDaniels leaves New England, wide receivers coach Chad O'Shea is expected to take over as offensive coordinator.