JANSSEN: Why Josh McDaniels' Change of Heart Actually Helps the Colts

The Colts could be starting over with a new batch of candidates now that McDaniels made a decision to stay with the Patriots, and they're reportedly interested in interviewing DeFilippo. But then suddenly, he wasn't. These are the words that Chris Ballard ended his press conference with on Wednesday after a night that shocked the sports world.

And now, Buffalo Bills defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier's name has been added to their new list of prospective head coaching candidates. 'Are you in or out?' We went around for a minute and he said he's out, and I said, 'OK.

"We've got work to do, I'm not ... we have work to do and I want somebody [who's] 100 per cent committed to partnering with us and getting that work done". We've seen a former Colts head coach put him on absolute blast. I'll say this and I've said this since Day 1, it's never about one guy.

"There's unusual things that happen in this league, guys, and this is another one". "That's what this organization is built on and you can bet we are going to get there, unquestionably". "Unquestionably, we're going to get there".

"McDaniels surprised the Bears in a way, but the team still left with apprehensions about McDaniels' willingness to leave the Patriots", Jahns wrote.

If Andrew Luck is healthy, Reich would have the luxury of working with one of the most talented quarterbacks in the league. The trio have helped lead the Patriots to five Super Bowl wins and eight appearances overall.

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The Redskins had the option of either franchise tagging Cousins again - this time for $34.5m - or committing to a long-term deal. That's plenty for a team that needs only a few pieces and better injury luck to make a playoff run in 2018.

"The rivalry is back on", he said before leaving.

Ballard was referring to the decade-long power struggle in the AFC between the Colts and Patriots when Peyton Manning and Tom Brady were both at the height of their powers. McDaniels has in recent years turned down opportunities to pursue available head-coaching jobs in Cleveland, Los Angeles and Atlanta.

McDaniels' actions will nearly certainly affect his ability to nail down a head coaching job in the future. Ballard was adamant that these locked in assistants would not hinder possible head coaches from wanting to come to the Colts.

At the last second, Josh McDaniels, the OC of the Patriots has chose to stay in New England after being given the head coaching job for the Colts.

The good news for Indy is that the only coaching vacancy still looks pretty attractive — if Andrew Luck is healthy.


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