The Patriots will face the Colts Saturday night in Indianapolis and if one decision wasn't changed at the last minute, Josh McDaniels could have been on the opposite sideline.
Following the 2017 season, McDaniels had agreed to become the next head coach of the Colts and the team went as far as announcing his introductory press conference. But, the Patriots offensive coordinator changed his mind at the last minute following New England's Super Bowl loss to the Eagles.
Ultimately, Indy went with Frank Reich and he's led the Colts to the playoffs in two of his three seasons. Meanwhile, McDaniels went onto win the Super Bowl the following season with the Patriots.
“I think every year I have tried to learn and grow as a coach and as a person. You make decisions in life and in your career that you feel like are the best decisions for you and your familiar, which is certainly what happened then," he said this week when asked how he's changed since what took place in early 2018. "You move forward and you do everything you can within your power to make those decisions the right ones. That’s what I’ve tried to do every day. I certainly have no regrets about what has transpired since then.
"I know they have done a great job. They have a tremendous staff. Coach Reich does a great job. Chris Ballard is obviously tremendous in his role in what they do in their organization is pretty special. I’ve learned a lot being here. This is a great place to be. I learn from Bill daily, weekly under his guidance. He really challenges me to try and improve each year and I have tried to do that myself. That’s really what any of us can do, but very fortunate to be where I am at and I am looking forward to this week.”
The Patriots have won eight straight games against the Colts, including the postseason.
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