Colts expected to hire Josh McDaniels as head coach
The Indianapolis Colts are moving quickly on Josh McDaniels.
NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport and NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero reported Monday that the Patriots offensive coordinator is expected to become the team’s next head coach when New England’s season comes to a close, according to sources.
Besides, the Colts opportunity gives McDaniels the chance to shift from tutoring Tom Brady to working with Andrew Luck. The Colts quarterback was lost all season to a shoulder injury, but is expected to return for 2018.
Assuming Luck surges back, McDaniels will march into battle in the AFC South with a young signal-caller who still has the chance to carve out a Hall of Fame career.
The Colts are missing pieces all over the roster, but Ballard has proven to be an aggressive operator in the front office and would make for an intriguing pairing with McDaniels.
Fans in Denver remember McDaniels floundering in his first head-coaching stint with the Broncos, a run that lasted less than two seasons (from 2009 into 2010) before he was fired by team ownership.
McDaniels has rebounded in New England, helping the club to a pair of Super Bowl wins while taking his time to pick another head-coaching destination. With Luck at his side, the ceiling is high in Indianapolis.
The Raiders are preparing a 10-year, $100 million contract for Gruden, Rapoport reported. Gruden’s coordinators will receive four-year deals, Rapoport added.
Gruden compiled a 95-81 record during his first run as an NFL head coach from 1998-2008. After coaching the Raiders for four seasons, owner Al Davis traded Gruden to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The coach guided the Bucs to their first and only Super Bowl title during the 2002 season. He won five divisional titles during his 11 combined seasons with the Raiders and Bucs.
Since 2009, Gruden has served as a color commentator for the ESPN’s Monday Night Football broadcasts.
The energetic coach will now be tasked with turning around a mercurial Raiders team, led by quarterback Derek Carr, that fell to a disappointing 6-10 in 2017 after a 12-4 playoff trip in 2016.