Josh McDaniels bailing on Colts for return to New England

New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels watches from the sideline during an NFL divisional playoff football game against the Tennessee Titans in Foxborough, Mass. on Jan. 13, 2018. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
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INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) — Josh McDaniels won't be the Colts' new head coach, after all.

The team had announced the New England Patriots offensive coordinator as their new coach Tuesday morning.

But later Tuesday evening, reports surfaced that McDaniels is staying put in Foxborough.

NFL Network insider Ian Rapoport and NFL Network's Mike Garofolo confirmed Schefter's report.

The Colts issued the following statement around 8:30 p.m. Tuesday:

After agreeing to contract terms to become the Indianapolis Colts’ new head coach, New England Patriots assistant coach Josh McDaniels this evening informed us that he would not be joining our team. Although we are surprised and disappointed, we will resume our head coaching search immediately and find the right fit to lead our team and organization on and off the field.

After all signs pointed to this move, reports of it not being a done deal surfaced Sunday.

Sources told NBC Sports' Tom Curran the former Patriots offensive coordinator planned to tell Patriots head coach Bill Belichick about his move Monday. That information appeared to be confirmed by the Colts announcement of the deal Tuesday, with a press conference scheduled for Wednesday to introduce McDaniels as the new coach.

Expectations were high as Tom Brady's former offensive coordinator will now be coaching a hopefully healthy Andrew Luck. The hope in Indianapolis is that McDaniels has learned from his past stints as a head coach and would be able to take the Colts back to the Super Bowl.

"I've learned a lot in my career, whether it’s here (in New England), my time in Denver or St. Louis," he told columnist Bob Kravitz before the Super Bowl. "Every step of the way has been invaluable to me. There’s so many good people and so many good coaches and personnel people who are willing to share what they know and I’ve tried to pick up things here and there from everybody I’ve worked for."

Kravitz also talked to former Colts' tight end Dwayne Allen about McDaniels and how he would fit in with Indianapolis quarterback Andrew Luck.

"I think pairing Josh with Andrew (Luck), I would tell the fans of Indianapolis, get ready for a spectacular offense," Allen said. "Get…ready. Andrew, of course, is a phenomenal player, but we all need someone to challenge us to get better. I think of all the coaching candidates, Josh would be the one who would give Andrew that challenge he needs to return back to his old dominance."

The social media response to the announcement was filled with excitement.

Of course, there were some who didn't like the move as much.

For more coverage on the Colts visit our Josh McDaniels page and read more of Bob Kravitz's columns.