Colts officially hire Josh McDaniels as head coach

McDaniels has enjoyed success a longtime offensive coordinator of the Patriots, but did not fare well in his head coach debut in Denver.

Kahron Spearman

The Indianapolis Colts have officially announced Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels as head coach. 

It comes after speculation that he could decide to stay in New England, even perhaps succeeding Bill Belichick as head coach. 

His first foray into head coaching, in Denver, went poorly. He was fired in 2010, after going 11-17 and fired after Week 13. Infamously, he drafted Tim Tebow in the first round of that year. 

So, yeah, that didn't work out. 

Luck's health will be a key variable for McDaniels. The quarterback missed all of last season while recovering from right shoulder surgery in January 2017 and has missed 26 games over the past three seasons. Team officials are optimistic that Luck will be ready for the start of the 2018 season.

Mike Wells
NFL writer, ESPN

It's a curious location for McDaniels to continue head coaching career, given the state of the roster and the unknowns with quarterback Andrew Luck. 

For the general uncertainty, he will also be given keys to completely remake the roster. He has $85 million dollars in salary cap funds, and the No. 3 overall pick in the upcoming draft. 

With no particular need to draft a quarterback, provided Luck comes back as predicted, the Colts can improve upon their defense and offensive line.