Starting to Look Like Josh McDaniels Has Colts Job Locked Up

FOXBORO, MA - SEPTEMBER 22: New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels looks on during the game against the Houston Texans at Gillette Stadium on September 22, 2016 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

The Indianapolis Colts may have already found their next head coach, but it could still take a few weeks before he’s officially signed, sealed, and delivered to the Horseshoe–although at this point, that’s looking more and more like a mere formality:

Specifically, New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels is still coaching this January, as the Colts arch-nemesis host the Tennessee Titans in the Divisional Round of the playoffs this weekend.

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On a Colts coaching candidate list that once included: Matt Nagy, Steve Wilks, and Matt Rhule–all three of whom, who has now been safely ruled out, and it’s starting to look like McDaniels is going to win this offseason game of ‘Survivor’.

As of now, besides McDaniels, the only other two known Colts interview candidates, Mike Vrabel and Kris Richard, are defensive minded coaches–which general manager Chris Ballard apparently no longer wants.

I’m just doing ‘the basic math’ here, but the Colts had two coaching candidates surprisingly drop out today, and one of them cited that it was because Indianapolis was focused on more of an offensive-minded head coach.¬†Gee, who could that be?

Well, the only other offensive minded coach ‘still standing’ on Ballard’s known interview list is none other than McDaniels–although it’s possible that there’s still a surprise candidate or two in the running.

The 41-year-old comes with his fair share of questions marks, namely whether he can have significant success without the legendary tandem of Tom Brady and Bill Belichick–and rightfully so.

Not to mention, he came across as arrogant and egotistical in his previous head coaching stint with the Denver Broncos (2009-10), where he compiled just an 11-17 record (.393) in two seasons and shockingly took quarterback Tim Tebow in the first round of the 2010 NFL Draft.

That being said, McDaniels won’t be calling the roster shots in Indianapolis, Chris Ballard will, and it’s highly possible that his past failures up in ‘Mile High’ country humbled him, as he’s now matured 8 years later. His offensive results also speak for themselves, as the Patriots offense has been in the Top 5 in scoring each of the last six seasons with McDaniels calling the shots along the sidelines.

As far as the Colts are concerned, McDaniels is starting to look increasingly like ‘their guy’, but fans may just have to wait a little bit longer this winter.

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Luke Schultheis is the Indianapolis Colts Editor for Indiana Sports Coverage. He has appeared on CNN to discuss Colts football and has diverse and extensive sports business experience, having worked with several renowned Indianapolis sports organizations including: USA Track & Field, Exclusive Sports Group, Indiana Sports Corporation (Super Bowl XLVI), Indianapolis Indians, Indiana Pacers Sports & Entertainment, the NCAA, and 500 Festival. His opinions are his own. Follow him on Twitter @LuckatLuke

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