Patriot's Josh McDaniels Rejects Colts Head Coach Position

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"Let me make this clear, I want, and we want as an organisation, a head coach [who] wants to be all in", he said.

When the Colts announced Josh McDaniels as their next head coach, only to have the Patriots offensive coordinator change his mind, it resurrected memories of the time the Bears jumped the gun on trumpeting Dave McGinnis as their head coach. Matt Eberflus who was the ex-assistant head coach for the Dallas Cowboys was hired to be the defensive coordinator while Mike Phair who served as the ex-defensive line coach for IL was hired to serve as the defensive line coach.

Among the memorable lines from Indianapolis Colts general manager Chris Ballard's memorable press conference addressed the Colts having to settle for their second option at head coach. Visitors who might be in town for reasons other than feting Sunday's 41-33 win over the New England Patriots will still be able to visit places like Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell.

"I feel very lucky to have Matt in the building running a scheme that I think fits our team that we can scout for and that fits our building", Ballard said. It's hard to imagine another owner reaching out to McDaniels about a head-coaching job anytime soon, if ever. The Colts might not even have Luck back next season, and they're scheduled to go on the road in Foxborough to face the Patriots. "He doesn't need surgery", Ballard said. He also said the Colts would "get the right leader" to coach the team.

By spurning the Colts after they waited 22 days to hire him, McDaniels leaves the reeling franchise as the only National Football League team without a coach.

The good news for Indy is that the only coaching vacancy still looks pretty attractive - if Andrew Luck is healthy.

The Patriots and McDaniels' agent, Bob LaMont, did not immediately respond to requests for comment. When McDaniels told him he was staying in New England, LaMonte replied that McDaniels was "committing professional suicide", according to the source.

"To me, it's about being right", Ballard said. And the NFL's annual scouting combine is less than three weeks away. The team announced McDaniels hiring on its Twitter account Tuesday.