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Patriots’ lack of integrity strikes again; Josh McDaniels does to Colts what Bill Belichick did to Jets

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Earlier today reports broke the division rival Patriots had lost their second coordinator in two days. After defensive coordinator Matt Patricia had been hired as head coach of the Detroit Lions, offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels was announced as head coach of the Indianapolis Colts.

This has been expected for a few weeks.

So that was that...until it wasn’t. Much like Bill Belichick did to the Jets 18 years ago, McDaniels backed out of the Colts head coaching job.

Normally I would be inclined to accept somebody having second thoughts right as they were about to make a major life change. This is not your normal case, though. McDaniels had weeks to think this through. The Colts essentially ended their search. They wasted two to three weeks they could have otherwise spent finding their next coach because McDaniels seemed to be theirs.

If McDaniels wasn’t going to take the job, surely he owed it to them before February 6 to figure that out.

It would be one thing if he was messing around, but his selfishness here has repercussions for the careers of other coaches.

Isn’t he a standup guy?

What led the Patriots to make their push to keep McDaniels?

I needed to read that like four times to make sure I got it correctly. The Patriots were the team that cheated, and they act like the victim? How does that work?

This might have seemed like a sign that Bill Belichick’s departure from New England is imminent, and McDaniels was in line to take over. That would mesh with an explosive ESPN report from a few weeks back. That doesn’t seem to be the case, though.

If McDaniels ever wants to be a head coach in this league again, he’d better hope he gets the New England job when Belichick eventually retires. He just made himself unhirable to 31 other teams.

McDaniels spent eight years working to restore a reputation that was damaged by a dismal stint as Broncos head coach. In one day, he managed to undo all of the good.