Patriots OC Josh McDaniels expected to accept Colts HC job when offered

Report Mike Vrabel finalist for Colts head coaching job

Report Mike Vrabel finalist for Colts head coaching job

It has been reported that Josh McDaniels will accept the Colts' offer to become the next head coach in Indianapolis once the Patriots' season is over.

McDaniels, who has spent the majority of his career with the New England Patriots, has seemingly been the Colts' top target from the day they fired Chuck Pagano.

"The Colts have held strong with their pursuit of Patriots OC Josh McDaniels and that is expected to be his choice when an offer comes", Rapoport said.

According to Rapaport, the Colts were also considering Houston Texans defensive coordinator Mike Vrabel but ultimately made a decision to go with McDaniels instead.

Ian Rapaport and Tom Pelissero with the NFL Network say McDaniels was also a heavy favorite for the open job with the Tennessee Titans, who parted ways with Mike Mularkey Monday.

Fears would be a surprise candidate to take over the job given his age (63), but we know the Patriots like continuity and he has been on the coaching staff since 1999 and the running backs coach since 2002. He was sacked during his second season as head coach with the Denver Broncos, with whom he posted an 11-17 mark during the 2009-10 seasons.

Indianapolis interviewed McDaniels, Baylor head football coach Matt Rhule and former Kansas City Chiefs offensive coordinator Matt Nagy, but ultimately walked away with the hottest name of this cycle.

He served as the Patriots quarterbacks coach for two years before being elevated to offensive coordinator in 2006.

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