Campbell has been in New Orleans for just one season after taking over as the Assistant Head Coach and tight ends coach in the offseason. I said, 'OK and we're going to move forward.
However, McDaniels tossed the Colts a major curve with his stunning change of heart. New England defensive coordinator Matt Patricia left Belichick's staff a day after the Patriots' Super Bowl loss to become coach of the Detroit Lions. "But you know, and I know, and the Krafts know, and Brady knows, and I assure you Bill Belichick knows, that Josh McDaniels is the next head coach of the Patriots", Steve Buckley wrote in the Boston Herald. He and the Colts had agreed on a multi-year contract, and all that remained was his signature.
The Colts will resume their "rivalry" with the Patriots when they travel to New England next season.
He will potentially travel to Indianapolis late this month for the annual NFL Scouting Combine. It's hard to imagine another owner reaching out to McDaniels about a head-coaching job anytime soon, if ever.
Within days of Pagano's ouster, Colts general manager Chris Ballard interviewed McDaniels during the Patriots' postseason bye week.
As for Dungy, he remains loyal to the Colts and owner Jim Irsay, who franchise is reeling after a drunk driver struck and killed Colts linebacker Edwin Jackson and Uber driver Jeffrey Monroe Sunday morning. Matt Eberflus who was the ex-assistant head coach for the Dallas Cowboys was hired to be the defensive coordinator while Mike Phair who served as the ex-defensive line coach for IL was hired to serve as the defensive line coach. Vrabel went to Tennessee and Wilks to Arizona. Rhule withdrew his name from consideration. Without Luck's leadership in 2017, the Colts went 4-12. They re-open their search. One of the top names is Dave Toub, the Kansas City Chiefs special teams coordinator who has consistently fielded top kick and punt return units throughout his National Football League career.
As Dungy mentions, a number of McDaniels prospective assistants had already signed their contracts when the news broke. "I want a coach who is 100 percent committed to getting that work done". It's believed Mike Phair (defensive line) and Dave DeGuglielmo (offensive line) also had signed on.
That, not surprisingly, isn't the way it's done.
"People make decisions. People tell people "no" every day".