Sun. Oct 20th, 2019

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Josh McDaniels’ Patriots exit is increasingly awkward

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It appears Josh McDaniels will be the next coach of the Colts, though the Patriots are making it as agonizing as possible.

The Patriots offensive coordinators future ultimately seemed set weeks ago when it was expected that McDaniels would take the helm in Indianapolis. But now theres some a little concern he might stay put in New England especially with him and the Patriots dodging questions about his future following their 41-33 Super Bowl LII loss to the Eagles on Sunday night.

Unlike defensive coordinator Matt Patricia, who apparently notified the Patriots he intends to leave for the Lions job, McDaniels hasnt told the organization that hes jumping ship for the coaching gig with the Colts, Pro Football Talk reported Sunday afternoon. That report was followed up during the game when the site reportedtheres increasing chatter that McDaniels might not leave the Patriots.

McDaniels was extremely short with one reporter who questioned if he was taking the Colts job after the loss.

Im not going to talk about that tonight, chimed McDaniels.

Fair enough;Patricia did the same after the Patriots emotional loss.

Mike Chappell, whos been covering the Colts since 1984, reported early Monday morning that Indianapolis was moving forward with McDaniels as its head coach, saying the Colts would be royally pissed if the two sides break the unofficial agreement in place.

But Monday, Patriots head coach Bill Belichick said he has no idea about McDaniels status.

So what happens will be decided in the coming days. Perhaps McDaniels is waiting to see if Belichick is preparing his retirement Belichick didnt entertain those questions Monday.

The Colts need a head coach and the Patriots need clarity, and neither side has it officially.