Per Ian Rappoport and Tom Pelissero, the Colts will hire Josh McDaniels as their next head coach. McDaniels is the current offensive coordinator for the Patriots, and a former Broncos head coach.
And the next one… The relationship between Ballard and McDaniels is strong. https://t.co/xxkE8vqqAA
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) January 15, 2018
McDaniels brings the offensive mind that the Colts have lacked for so long. The idea of having a healthy Andrew Luck along with T.Y. Hilton, Marlon Mack, a top pick, and loads of cap surely enticed him. The Titans and Giants were also in the race for McDaniels, but lost out to the Colts.
McDaniels is expected to bring in former Cowboys’ linebacker coach Matt Eberflus as defensive coordinator. Jake Peetz, Raiders’ quarterback coach, is expected to take over duties as the offensive coordinator, although McDaniels will most likely be calling the plays.
As we first reported last week, Matt Eberflus (Cowboys LBs) and Jake Peetz (Raiders QBs) in line as McDaniels coordinators in Indy
— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) January 15, 2018
Although McDaniels was unspectacular as the Broncos’ coach, he surely has grown over the past decade or so. Chris Ballard obviously liked what he saw in McDaniels, as he chose him over the likes of Mike Vrabel and Matt Rhule. The interest goes both ways, though, as McDaniels saw the Colts as his primary option as well. He should take over duties as head coach after the Patriots’ playoff run. With McDaniels at the helm, the future looks bright in Indy.
Ben Pfeifer is the Managing Editor of the Colts for Full Press Coverage, and the AFC South Division Editor. Want to continue the discussion? Contact Ben Pfeifer on Twitter @Ben_Pfeifer_ and @FPC_Colts.