8:39pm Update>>The Colts have just released a statement on the situation:
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.
Earlier today, the Colts official Twitter account announced what had been rumored for a few weeks now, that they had agreed to terms with Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels to make them their new head coach.
A date and announcement was also made for his introductory presser
However, Adam Schefter dropped a bomb this evening by stating that sources told him that McDaniels had changed his mind and was opting to stay in New England instead.
What changed isn't exactly clear at this point, but Schefter later added in a tweet that Pats owner Robert Kraft "sweeted up" McDaniels' deal to keep him in New England.
As for the assistants that had agreed to join McDaniels in Indy..
McDaniels has climbed the ladder from personnel assistant, to defensive assistant, to quarterbacks coach, and then offensive coordinator under Bill Belichick before joining the Broncos as head coach in 2009. That lasted two seasons before he was fired and he was back in New England in 2012 after one season coaching the quarterbacks and calling the offensive plays for the St. Louis Rams.
Where will the Colts turn next? Chatter earlier this week from various outlets tabbed Chiefs special teams coordinator Dave Toub as a likely candidate the Colts may turn to.
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