New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels cannot be named the head coach of another franchise until his season ends after Super Bowl LII, but that won’t stop him from sending marching orders to the Indianapolis Colts over the Super Bowl bye week.
According to NFL Media’s Tom Pelissero, “McDaniels will have his second interview with Colts owner Jim Irsay and [general manager] Chris Ballard tomorrow, sources say. Another chance for planning, etc.”
Josh McDaniels will have his second interview with #Colts owner Jim Irsay and GM Chris Ballard tomorrow, sources say. Another chance for planning, etc.; deal can’t be finalized until after the Super Bowl.— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) January 25, 2018
McDaniels and the Colts likely won’t make any official hirings until after the Super Bowl, but they can set the wheels in motion. They’ve already apparently hired former Dallas Cowboys linebackers coach Matt Eberflus, who is likely the Colts’ new defensive coordinator, and are expected to hire Oakland Raiders quarterbacks coach Jake Peetz as the offensive coordinator, per CBS Sports’ Jason La Canfora.
And there’s always a chance the Colts can allow some coaches that won’t be retained to test the market before all the open jobs are filled.
I would be shocked if any current Patriots coaches or players were linked to McDaniels’ staff and roster without Bill Belichick’s blessing. That’s exactly how Eric Mangini started to burn his bridges to Belichick in 2006 with the New York Jets, before further torching it with the start of SpyGate.
With both McDaniels and defensive coordinator Matt Patricia expected to leave for head coaching jobs, it seems unlikely that the Patriots would have any coaches to spare.