New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels is expected to be the next head coach of the Indianapolis Colts, multiple outlets reported Monday. McDaniels can not officially take the job until the conclusion of the the Pats' playoff run concludes, which would either come on Sunday with a loss in the AFC Championship to the Jacksonville Jaguars or on Feb. 3 at the conclusion of the Super Bowl if New England wins on Sunday.
There was thought that the Tennessee Titans could make a late run at McDaniels after parting ways with Mike Mularkey on Monday morning, but McDaniels is reportedly already building his staff in Indianapolis.
Patriots defensive coordinator Matt Patricia is expected to take the Detroit Lions' head coaching job, meaning Bill Belichick will have to replace both coordinators this offseason.
McDaniels, 41, already deposited one stint as an NFL head coach. He led the Denver Broncos to an 8-8 mark in 2009 before being dismissed after a 3-9 start to the 2010 campaign.
In Indianapolis, McDaniels's key charge will be to rehabilitate the franchise through rehabbing franchise quarterback Andrew Luck. The Colts booked three straight 11-5 seasons from 2012-14 with a trip to the AFC Championship in January 2015 -- the infamous Deflategate game -- before slipping to 8-8 in 2015 and '16 and 4-12 this season. Luck has started just 22 games over the past three seasons, and did not play at all in 2017.
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