Josh McDaniels changes mind, will not take Indianapolis Colts coaching job

New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels talks with Tom Brady prior to an NFL football game against the Denver Broncos, Sunday, Nov. 12, 2017, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Josh McDaniels has changed his mind and will not accept the Indianapolis Colts head coaching job, the Colts have confirmed.

The Colts released this statement:

“After agreeing to contract terms to become the Indianapolis Colts’ new head head coach, New England Patriots assistant coach Josh McDaniels this evening informed us that he would not be joining our team. 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.”

ESPN’s Adam Schefter first reported that McDaniels had decided to remain the offensive coordinator of the New England Patriots.

The Colts released a statement earlier in the day saying they had agreed to terms with McDaniels to become the head coach, but according to a Twitter post by Schefter, McDaniels changed his mind after “two days of reflection and conversations with the Patriots.”

According to Schefter, Patriots owner Robert Kraft improved McDaniels contract in order to entice him to stay, but Schefter also reports the decision wasn’t about money.

According to Schefter: “McDaniels has been vacillating on this decision throughout the interview process, ever since meeting with the Colts on wild-card weekend. It is the reason a second meeting with Colts officials and team owner Jim Irsay was held. McDaniels was trying to get comfortable with the idea of taking his family out of New England and moving it to Indianapolis.”

The Colts had previously announced a news conference with McDaniels to be introduced as the coach at 4 p.m. Wednesday. The Colts will not hold any news conference Wednesday, the team said.

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