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Breaking Angles: Josh McDaniels To Remain OC For Patriots

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Breaking Angles: Josh McDaniels To Remain OC For Patriots

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Josh McDaniels has turned down the head coaching job in Indianapolis to remain in New England as Offensive Coordinator. Wow.

The guy just can’t get away from the Pats, huh?

First and foremost, this move means that Robert Kraft has promised the Patriots future to McDaniels. Kraft has put his money on McDaniels being the next head coach of the Patriots when Belichick retires. The concept of Belichick retiring is too much for my brain to wrap itself around since I’m a mere mortal, but Kraft is a shrewd businessman and understands that all men need to walk away from the game at some point. Bill is no different. Kraft has secured the Patriots future at head coach while also bolstering their offense for the 2018 season. It is a brilliant move.

With so much at stake for the Patriots this season – Kraft wants to secure the Patriots legacy by bouncing back from the Super Bowl loss in a big way –  it makes sense that Kraft wanted to push hard to gain more stability on the offensive side of the ball. I am already sounding the alarm that this feels like the type of year the Patriots load up to get Brady and Belichick their sixth ring and then Bill passes the baton to McDaniels. Whether Brady remains is anyone’s guess. My guess is if he gets his sixth ring he walks away on the spot.

Speaking of Brady, he must be a bit excited right now. Getting your offensive coordinator back, the same one that helped create one of the best offenses in the league last year, is pretty exciting stuff. Especially when the other team announced he’d been hired away mere hours before.

It’s even better when you think how complex the Patriots offense has become over the past 17 years. You know how hard it is for Brady to get on the same page with a new wide receiver? Now imagine trying to do that with an external hire for OC, as there aren’t many great options internally. Woof.

Also, this means a lot for the Colts. And it isn’t great.

No one likes to feel dumb, and boy do they ever right now. And it’s not just the social media guy that posted that tweet confirming the hire of McDaniels. This move means Josh looked at a 41 year old Tom Brady, compared him to a 28 year old Andrew Luck and decided that Mr. Pliability was a better fit for his offense than the neckbeard. That is not welcome news for Luck and should make us all wonder if he even has anything left in his shoulder. Sorry Colts fans.

Overall, this is welcome news to all Patriots fans and I’m curious to see if this has any impact in the decisions of free agents to join the team and if any Patriots from last year’s team resign due to this move. Only time will tell, but we may end up remembering today the same way we do Belichick leaving the Jets.

Mark was raised outside of Boston, so his favorite socks are red and the only Giants he'll ever like are the little ones. He is a michelada advocate and a big fan of 8 game parlays that never work. He has been writing about sports since starting his own blog in 2014, Don't Think Just Throw, and is excited to be a part of The Turf.

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