Josh McDaniels turning down Colts may have played role in him not getting Eagles job

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Back in 2018, Josh McDaniels was the new head coach of the Colts.

Until he wasn’t.

After accepting the job, putting together a staff, and even having the team announce a day and time for his introductory press conference following the Patriots’ loss to the Eagles in Super Bowl LII, McDaniels ultimately backed out of the job to remain in New England.

That caused the Colts to scramble and hire a new staff.

Ultimately, they hired Frank Reich, who was the Eagles’ offensive coordinator at the time. Under McDaniels, it was reported Jerry Schuplinski, the Patriots quarterbacks coach at the time, would be joining him likely to be the offensive coordinator. But then with Reich running the show, he turned to then Chargers wide receivers coach Nick Siranni.

Siranni proceeded to put together three great seasons with Indianapolis, working with a few different quarterbacks and was able to gain the respect of many across the league.

On Thursday, he reportedly was hired as the next head coach of the Eagles, over McDaniels, who also interviewed for the job.

It’s worth wondering what would have happened with Siranni if he did not join the Colts when he did and then would he have even been in the mix for a head coaching job this offseason?

McDaniels backing away from the Colts at the last minute has certainly impacted him when it comes to interest for other openings, but it’s unclear just how much. It is clear that him not being in Indianapolis helped Siranni's stock rise.

The Patriots offensive coordinator only had one interview this cycle and that was with the Eagles, a few weeks after the regular season had ended.

Looking ahead to next offseason, Brian Daboll and Eric Bieniemy already seem like coaches who might be ahead of him in terms of interest around the league.

McDaniels, 44, made it clear in December he “absolutely” wants to be a head coach again.