McDaniels spurns Colts, stays with Pats

After initial reports that Josh McDaniels had been hired as the head coach for the Indianapolis Colts, the Patriots’ offensive coordinator is instead staying with New England.

After the news was first reported Tuesday night by ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the Colts released a statement confirming that McDaniels had withdrawn from the job.

“After agreeing to contract terms to become the Indianapolis Colts’ new head coach, New England Patriots assistant coach Josh McDaniels this evening informed us that he would not be joining our team,” the team said in the statement. “Although we are surprised and disappointed, we will resume our head-coaching search immediately and find the right fit to lead our team and organization on and off the field.”

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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.

Schefter reported that sources told him that McDaniels had begun talking with Patriots owner Robert Kraft in the wake of the team’s Super Bowl loss and that Kraft had sweetened a contract offer to keep him with the team.

The day after the 41-33 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles, the team lost defensive coordinator Matt Patricia, who was hired as the head coach for the Detroit Lions on Monday.

McDaniels, who went 11-17 as the head coach of the Denver Broncos in 2009 and 2010, has overseen New England’s offense for the past five years.

He began his NFL coaching career as a personnel assistant with the Patriots in 2001, working his way up to his first stint as the team’s offensive coordinator in 2006. He has earned five Super Bowl rings during his time in New England.