The New England Patriots made a few major changes to the team. They signed and released a few great names, and Josh McDaniels is their latest addition.
Malcolm Butler, Nate Solder and Danny Amendola are just a few of the players who said ‘goodbye’ to Foxboro. Defensive coordinator Matt Patricia bounced out of New England to Detroit, and became the Lions’ head coach. However, the Patriots managed to keep Josh McDaniels.
McDaniels agreed to be the head coach of the Indianapolis Colts. He forgot his word, and decided to stay with the Patriots. Head coach Bill Belichick and team owner Robert Kraft made a last-minute push, and managed to keep him in Foxboro.
What made him stay?
“Another big issue for the Patriots this offseason was Josh McDaniels. Of course, he bowed out of being the Colts head coach and here is my understanding of one reason why: The Patriots gave him a five year contract, which is huge. Basically never happens for a coordinator. From what I’m told, he is being paid like a first time head coach, the highest paid coordinator in football by far. At one point his contract eclipses $4 million per year,” Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network said.
Nothing guarantees the possibility that the offensive coordinator takes over once Belichick retires.
“I wasn’t 100 percent sure what the future was. I just hadn’t had any clarity on that. So, where did I fit in? Were there any plans? I just didn’t have much clarity on what my role was here moving forward,” McDaniels said of his role in the team. “Once I heard from Robert and Bill on that Tuesday, it just gave me the reason to pause and consider this whole situation,” he added.
So, McDaniels is here, and he doesn’t even think of going anywhere.