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Patriots offensive co-ordinator McDaniels dramatically backed out of an agreement to join the Colts as head coach late Tuesday, opting instead to remain in New England.

It wasn't a change of heart.

His relationship with Colts general manager Chris Ballard dates back over a decade, when both were with the Chicago Bears, and most recently they were together in the Kansas City Chiefs organization. It is an arrangement that owners Robert and Jonathan Kraft endorsed because it could ultimately be part of a succession plan for Belichick, although no assurances were made to McDaniels.

It's been a rough week for Josh McDaniels.

Defensive coordinator Matt Eberflus and former Patriots offensive line coach Dave DeGuglielmo are amongst those who are now left in the lurch as a result of McDaniels shock U-Turn. Getting a new coach into Indy before the start of the NFL Scouting Combine likely will be a priority for Ballard in the weeks ahead. And you can see the impact of when he has been in New England and the success they've had versus when he was not there.

The news did not go down well with the Colts as they thought they had sealed the deal and would get McDaniels to lead them into next season.

Football wise, the Patriots have been the Colts' daddy for almost a decade now. Now the only question is, how much longer will Bill Belichick stick around?

"In a normal world you would assume that, but again, are we living in a normal world right now?"

The recent Colts-Patriots matchups are nothing close to that.

McDaniels had agreed to contract terms with the Colts to replace the fired Chuck Pagano. He also admitted the Colts announced the hiring of McDaniels on Tuesday because of his confidence that the two sides had finalized their arrangement.

Belichick places a high value on special teams, as he annually devotes a handful of roster spots to players who exclusively play in the kicking game. However, Schefter said McDaniels' decision to stay with the Patriots had nothing to do with money, but due to his family. Money talks, as does the idea of taking over as Patriots head coach when Belichick calls it quits. I told him, 'Les, I don't have this job yet; I can't in good faith tell you that.' He said, 'Well, coach, it's been on the radio for an hour. His work with Doug Pederson helped turn the Eagles into one of the most prolific offensive teams in the league.

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