Report: Josh McDaniels’ agent told him he could be making biggest mistake of career
Josh McDaniels will forever be known as public enemy No. 1 in Indianapolis after he backed out of his agreement to become the next head coach of the Colts, and apparently the decision did not sit well with his agent, either.
Mike Garafolo of NFL Network reported on Wednesday morning that McDaniels’ agent, Bob LaMonte, told the 41-year-old that he believes he could be making the biggest mistake of his professional career by changing his mind at the very last second. After meeting with Bill Belichick and Patriots owner Robert Kraft for several hours on Tuesday, McDaniels bailed on the Colts anyway despite an announcement already being made that he had agreed to become their next head coach.
You can certainly understand why LaMonte is concerned. McDaniels’ first stint as a head coach with the Broncos was a disaster, and there were many who felt his ego and attitude were among the biggest issues he had in Denver. McDaniels then became the offensive coordinator with the Rams and eventually returned to New England, where he had once again built up his resume enough to be considered a top head coaching candidate.
Now, McDaniels may have to answer questions about his lack of professionalism in addition to his poor track record as a head coach. Of course, none of that will matter if he is the head coach in waiting with the Patriots and Bill Belichick is retiring in the near future, though it seems like that is not going to happen.
McDaniels obviously made the decision he felt was best for his family and career, so it’s hard to rip him for that. The Colts probably knew he was having second thoughts and tried to put pressure on him by making an official announcement, though it sounds like he hung some of his assistants out to dry as well.