Josh McDaniels backs out of Colts deal, to stay with Patriots

According to reports, McDaniels was cornered by coach Bill Belichick, Robert Kraft, and Jonathan Kraft and was convinced to stay with the Patriots

Kahron Spearman

ESPN's Adam Schefter went into considerable detail about Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels' decision to spurn the Indianapolis Colts head coaching job.

He says owner Robert Kraft had been in McDaniels' ear for the past 48 hours, culminating in a recent meeting with Kraft, his son Jonathan, and head coach Bill Belichick.

[NFL Network's Mike] Garafolo reported on NFL Network's Good Morning Football that even McDaniels' agent, Bob LaMonte, told the OC that he's making perhaps the biggest professional mistake of his career by backing out of this Colts job at this point, according to sources informed of the talks between McDaniels and his agent.

Kevin Petra

McDaniels, 41, had been wavering throughout the interview process, ever since meeting with the Colts on wild-card weekend. 

McDaniels had a second meeting, and "was trying to get comfortable with the idea of taking his family out of New England and moving to Indianapolis," per Schefter.

The decision will officially introduce the idea that he could succeed Belichick as head coach. However, it may also hurt him with future head coaching positions.

Teams will likely be wary of a coach - who was basically able to probe and investigate a team - run back to the Patriots' perceived 'evil empire' aura.