Josh McDaniels' decision to jilt Colts is not something grown-ups do

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Josh McDaniels (Getty Photographs)

INDIANAPOLIS — The press convention was set for three:30 p.m. Wednesday, and the Colts have been arranging the grandest stage to introduce their new head coach. This wasn’t going to be carried out within the media room at their coaching complicated. No, something this huge had to be produced at Lucas Oil Stadium, as a result of solely its huge expanse might include the event.

So what’s the suitable venue for this news?

Perhaps a daycare middle.

As a result of that was the knock on Josh McDaniels at Denver, wasn’t it?

“The most important concern with Josh McDaniels’ first go-spherical as an NFL head coach got here down to energy,” Chad Jensen of the Mile High Huddle informed StampedeBlue this month. “Denver proprietor Pat Bowlen gave McDaniels government/personnel authority, which was an excessive amount of for the inexperienced and immature coach.”

Yep, that was it. 

So the sweeter deal he extracted from the Patriots to stay their offensive coordinator had higher embrace some “head coach-in-ready” language, as some have theorized, as a result of another NFL staff that might supply him that place at this level would have to be extraordinarily naive.

Truthfully, what can be extra infantile than dragging a corporation by means of greater than a month of interviews and negotiation and an settlement, all the best way to inside 20 hours of your public celebration, after which deciding, um, by no means thoughts?

This is not like a few of these different “oops” moments from coaches who’ve taken jobs after which determined they’d made a mistake, for no matter purpose.

Billy Donovan took the Orlando Magic job in June 2007 after he’d gained consecutive NCAA championships at Florida and the Magic determined to dump a truckload of cash on him: 5 years, $27.5 million. They’d fired Brian Hill on Might 24. They introduced Donovan as his alternative on June three. He made an impulsive decision, motivated by cash and proximity and the very fact he’d be beginning over with the Gators after dropping the 5 starters who’d delivered him two titles. So he made a thought-about decision to renege.

The Colts fired Chuck Pagano on Dec. 31. That was 37 days in the past. McDaniels was being reported as a finalist for the place as early as Jan. 14. That was 23 days in the past. Clearly McDaniels had different issues to think about throughout that point. Because the Patriots’ OC, it was his job to conjure concepts on how to transfer the ball previous the Titans and the Jaguars and finally, although not fairly efficiently sufficient, the Eagles.

So the query of whether or not to depart New England to take over the Colts might not eat his waking hours, however let’s not be coy about this. It’s apparent that wasn’t essential. He had made up his thoughts. The Colts stopped looking weeks in the past. They have been required, beneath league guidelines, to wait till the Patriots have been completed dropping to the Eagles earlier than making it official.

This is a humiliation to the Colts, who’ve earned a number of others within the final couple years — Andrew Luck, anybody? — however not this one. They selected to supply McDaniels one other alternative to be a head coach within the league regardless of his colossal failure in Denver. They threw him a lifeline; he threw again an anchor.

He was the man who wasted a primary-spherical decide on Tim Tebow, a participant virtually nobody else thought might play quarterback on the NFL degree. He went eight-eight in his first season, plunging to a 2-eight end after beginning with six consecutive victories. They have been alive within the playoff hunt on the ultimate day of that season, however misplaced at residence by 20 factors to the Chiefs. KC completed that yr — no kidding — four-12.

It obtained no higher within the second season, when he was allowed to coach a dozen video games however gained simply three of them. Administration had seen sufficient. After firing him, the Broncos made the playoffs the subsequent 5 years in a row, together with two Tremendous Bowls and one championship.

In order that’s the man the Colts had determined to rent. He was 32 when he obtained the Denver job, a boy marvel. That was the excuse whispered on his behalf by those that thought-about him for his or her head teaching jobs now, together with his forty second birthday only a couple months away. 

Perhaps this is a blown alternative for Indianapolis, as when the Jets thought that they had Invoice Belichick locked up just for him to slip out the again door. Or perhaps, and this appears extra doubtless in the mean time, it’s an opportunity for Indy to wind up with somebody who has the character to not undermine it as drastically as McDaniels has.

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Hardly anybody knew who Mike Tomlin was when the Steelers employed him. When the Eagles employed Doug Pederson away from the Chiefs, “All of us laughed, at the least just a little,” wrote Philadelphia Inquirer columnist Marcus Hayes.

There’s one other Pederson on the market, one other Tomlin.

That man will not stroll away from a agency dedication. He’ll behave like a grown-up.