Although McDaniels never signed his contract with Indianapolis, his stint was even shorter than Belichick's Jets tenure. Most assumed that McDaniels would have already committed if the Patriots didn't happen to be in the middle of a Super Bowl run.
Ballard saidMcDaniels had shown zero reservations about taking the job prior to that phone call, but that once McDaniels stated his intentions, the Indianapolis organization moved forward immediately. They all could still end up staying with the team but it would be under whoever is eventually named the Colts' new coach.
It seems like a long time ago at this point, but the Patriots and Colts used to be one of the AFC's greatest rivalries during the 2000s and early 2010s during the 200. Defensive coordinator Matt Eberflus, offensive line coach Dave DeGuglielmo and defensive line coach Mike Phairreportedly had contracts in place, according to NFL Network's Albert Breer.
Although McDaniels hadn't yet signed a contract, the Colts had been planning to formally introduce him as their new head coach at a news conference on Wednesday.
At 65, with 23 years under his belt as a head coach in the NFL, Belichick has little left to prove. We don't know exactly when that will be, but I think it's safe to say that Kraft and McDaniels have at least been informed of what's going through Belichick's head, with regards to the future.
Within days of Pagano's ouster, Colts general manager Chris Ballard interviewed McDaniels during the Patriots' postseason bye week. The Krafts were willing to make a long-term commitment to McDaniels that is rare in the National Football League coaching world, allowing him to keep his 3, 6, 10, and 12-year-old kids in the same school system for a significant amount of time.