Josh McDaniels' last-second decision to rebuff the Colts is already affecting his NFL future

  • Josh McDaniels' decision to back out of an agreement with the Indianapolis Colts to return to the New England Patriots has been frowned upon by many.
  • McDaniels' agent, who represents Colts GM Chris Ballard and other coaches, terminated his deal with McDaniels on Wednesday.
  • While McDaniels could still have a shot at some jobs in the future, some organizations will be wary of him.


On Tuesday, news broke that Josh McDaniels had backed out of an agreement to become the Indianapolis Colts' head coach to return to the New England Patriots as offensive coordinator.

Though the Colts had already announced McDaniels as head coach, McDaniels was reportedly swayed by the Patriots owner Robert Kraft "sweetening" his deal. McDaniels reportedly felt staying with the Patriots was a better fit for him.

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FOXBOROUGH, MA - JANUARY 13: Offensive Coordinator Josh McDaniels of the New England Patriots reacts after winning the AFC Divisional Playoff game against the Tennessee Titans at Gillette Stadium on January 13, 2018 in Foxborough, Massachusetts. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
FOXBOROUGH, MA - 2005: Josh McDaniels of the New England Patriots poses for his 2005 NFL headshot at photo day in Foxborough, Massachusetts. (Photo by Getty Images)
EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - DECEMBER 29: After Patriots quarterback Tom Brady threws his second touchdown pass of the game to break Peyton Manning's single season record, he gets a pat on the head from offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels. (Photo by Jim Davis/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
(KG) SP12MCDANIELS -- The Denver Broncos announced Josh McDaniels as their new head coach Monday evening, January 12, 2009. McDaniels was most recently the offensive coordinator of the New England Patriots under Bill Belichick. Denver Post photo by Karl Gehring (Photo By Karl Gehring/The Denver Post via Getty Images)
DENVER - MARCH 16: A fan holds a sign for the controversy between Josh McDaniels and Jay Cutler of the Denver Broncos during the Denver Nuggets v the New Jersey Nets on March 16, 2009 at the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colorado. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2009 NBAE (Photo by Garrett W. Ellwood/NBAE via Getty Images)
Josh McDaniels, the new head coach for the Denver Broncos, seems to be fitting right in as the Denver's newest head coach. In his office, overlooking the practice field at Dove Valley, McDaniels watches game tapes and catches up on paper work. Helen H. Richardson/The Denver Post (Photo By Helen H. Richardson/The Denver Post via Getty Images)
DENVER - SEPTEMBER 20: Head coach Josh McDaniels of the Denver Broncos oversees warm ups prior to facing the Cleveland Browns during NFL action at Invesco Field at Mile High on September 20, 2009 in Denver, Colorado. The Broncos defeated the Browns 27-6. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
ENGLEWOOD, CO - CIRCA 2010: In this photo provided by the NFL, Josh McDaniels of the Denver Broncos poses for his 2010 NFL headshot circa 2010 in Englewood, Colorado. (Photo by NFL via Getty Images)
ENGLEWOOD,CO--SEPTEMBER 24TH 2010--Denver Broncos head coach, Josh McDaniels at Broncos headquarters at Dove Valley during press conference Friday morning. Andy Cross, The Denver Post (Photo By Andy Cross/The Denver Post via Getty Images)
NASHVILLE, TN - OCTOBER 3: Head Coach Josh McDaniels, quarterbacks Kyle Orton #8, Brady Quinn #9 and Tim Tebow #15 of the Denver Broncos watch a replay during a timeout against the Tennessee Titans at LP Field on October 3, 2010 in Nashville, Tennessee. The Broncos defeated the Titans 26-20. (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)
Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow is patted on the head by head coach Josh McDaniels after a 1yd touchdown during the second quarter of play against the Kansas City Chiefs Sunday November 14, 2010 at Invesco Field at Mile High. Photo by Joe Amon, The Denver Post (Photo By Joe Amon/The Denver Post via Getty Images)
ST. LOUIS, MO - AUGUST 20: Head coach Steve Spagnuolo of the St. Louis Rams and Offensive Coordinator Josh McDaniels discuss the previous play against the Tennessee Titans at the Edward Jones Dome on August 20, 2011 in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Ed Szczepanski/Getty Images)
GREEN BAY, WI - OCTOBER 16: Sam Bradford #8 of the St. Louis Rams gets a pat on the rear from offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels during the game against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field on October 16, 2011 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. The Packers won 24-3. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
FOXBOROUGH, MA - OCTOBER 24: New England Patriots wide receiver Wes Welker (#83), Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks coach Josh McDaniels, and Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (#12) share a laugh at today's Patriots practice. (Photo by Barry Chin/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
DENVER, CO - JANUARY 19: New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels on the sidelines during the first quarter. The Denver Broncos take on the New England Patriots in the AFC Championship game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver on January 19, 2014. (Photo by Hyoung Chang/The Denver Post via Getty Images)
FOXBORO, MA - AUGUST 15: Offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels talks with Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots prior to the preseason game against the Philadelphia Eagles at Gillette Stadium on August 15, 2014 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
November 16, 2014: Indianapolis Colts head coach Bill Belichick and Indianapolis Colts offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels talk on the sidelines during a football game between the Indianapolis Colts and New England Patriots at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, IN. (Photo by Zach Bolinger/Icon Sportswire/Corbis via Getty Images)
FOXBORO, MA - DECEMBER 28: Offensive Coordinator Josh McDaniels of the New England Patriots looks on before a game against the Buffalo Bills at Gillette Stadium on December 28, 2014 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - FEBRUARY 4: Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels waves while holding the Lombardi trophy during the New England Patriots victory parade on February 4, 2015 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Scott Eisen/Getty Images)
FOXBORO, MA - OCTOBER 25: Offensive Coordinator Josh McDaniels celebrates when Tight End Rob Gronkowski #87 of the New England Patriots has a Touchdown against the New York Jets at Gillette Stadium on October 25, 2015 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Al Pereira/Getty Images for New York Jets)
FOXBORO, MA - JANUARY 16: New England Patriots offensive coordinate Josh McDaniels looks on during warm ups prior to the AFC Divisional Playoff Game against the Kansas City Chiefs at Gillette Stadium on January 16, 2016 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - NOVEMBER 27: New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) and New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels prior to the National Football League game between the New England Patriots and the New York Jets on November 27, 2016, at Met Life Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ. The New England Patriots defeated the New York Jets 22-17. (Photo by Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
FOXBORO, MA - SEPTEMBER 22: New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels looks on during the second half against the Houston Texans at Gillette Stadium on September 22, 2016 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
FOXBOROUGH, MA - JANUARY 22: New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (left) and offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels (right) share a laugh just after Brady came onto the field for pre game warmups. The New England Patriots host the Pittsburgh Steelers in the AFC Championship game at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass., on Jan. 22, 2017. (Photo by Jim Davis/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - FEBRUARY 07: New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels celebrates during the New England Patriots victory parade on February 7, 2017 in Boston, Massachusetts. The Patriots defeated the Atlanta Falcons 34-28 in overtime in Super Bowl 51. (Photo by Scott Eisen/Getty Images)
FOXBOROUGH, MA - MAY 25: New England Patriots offensive coordinator / quarterbacks coach Josh McDaniels mugs for the camera during New England Patriots OTA on May 25, 2017, at the Patriots Practice Facility in Foxborough, Massachusetts. (Photo by Fred Kfoury III/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
FOXBOROUGH, MA - JULY 27: New England Patriots offensive coordinator / quarterbacks coach Josh McDaniels watches the quarterbacks during New England Patriots training camp on July 27, 2017, at the Patriots Practice Facility in Foxborough, Massachusetts. (Photo by Fred Kfoury III/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
FOXBOROUGH, MA - JANUARY 13: Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots reacts with Offensive Coordinator Josh McDaniels before the AFC Divisional Playoff game against the Tennessee Titans at Gillette Stadium on January 13, 2018 in Foxborough, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
DETROIT, MI - AUGUST 25, 2017: Offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels (L) and head coach Bill Belichick (R) of the New England Patriots walk off the field for halftime of a preseason game on August 25, 2017 against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field in Detroit, Michigan. New England won 30-28. (Photo by: 2017 Nick Cammett/Diamond Images/Getty Images)
FOXBOROUGH, MA - JANUARY 21: Offensive Coordinator Josh McDaniels of the New England Patriots celebrates after winning the AFC Championship Game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at Gillette Stadium on January 21, 2018 in Foxborough, Massachusetts. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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Though McDaniels had not signed a contract with the Colts and did not appear to violate any league rules, it appears there are still some repercussions for his decision.

For instance, McDaniels had recruited several coaches to be members of his staff. Some of them had already signed on, and are now stuck in Indianapolis without McDaniels.

On Wednesday, ESPN's Dan Graziano reported that McDaniels' agent, Bob LaMonte, who also represents Colts GM Chris Ballard and many other coaches and executives, terminated his deal with McDaniels.

According to Mike Garafolo of the NFL Network, LaMonte told McDaniels he would be making "perhaps the biggest professional mistake of his career by backing out" of the Colts job so late in the game.

Indeed, McDaniels' decision may leave him with something of a black eye around the NFL.

Following the news of McDaniels' decision, the Colts released a statement saying they were "surprised and disappointed" with his decision. On Wednesday, Ballard told reporters that he didn't care to listen to McDaniels' reasoning for backing out.

"I live in a black and white world," Ballard said. "Either you're in or you're out. I didn't want the explanation. Either you're in or you're out."

As Sports Illustrated's Peter King noted, McDaniels is likely to be considered a villain in Indiana for some time, and many coaches will likely look down upon him for his decision. The Colts now have to begin a new coaching search with several of the biggest candidates off the market, but they need to do so quickly with the combine three weeks away.

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Marvin Lewis of the Cincinnati Bengals, 2003-present

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Lovie Smith of the Chicago Bears and Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 2004-2012 and 2014-2015

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Romeo Crennel of the Cleveland Browns and Kansas City Chiefs, 2005-2008 and 2011-2012

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Mike Tomlin of the Pittsburgh Steelers, 2007-present

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Mike Singletary of the San Francisco 49ers, 2008-2010

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Raheem Morris of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 2009-2011

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Leslie Frazier of the Minnesota Vikings, 2010-2013

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Ron Rivera of the Carolina Panthers, 2011-present

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Todd Bowles of the New York Jets, 2015-present

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Hue Jackson of the Cleveland Browns, 2016-present

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Vance Joseph of the Denver Broncos, beginning 2017

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However, it's not out of the question that McDaniels will land on his feet if he chooses to become a head coach again. As King noted, Bill Belichick famously spurned the New York Jets and still got the Patriots' job. McDaniels was a coveted coach because of his work with the Patriots, so while some organizations may steer clear, others will forgive him.

In the meantime, some teams will be wary of McDaniels and it appears some people are already distancing themselves from him.

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