FILE - In this Jan. 21, 2018, file photo, New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels watches from the sideline during the first half of the AFC championship NFL football game against the Jacksonville Jaguars in Foxborough, Mass. The Indianapolis Colts announced Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2018, that hey have hired Josh McDaniels as their new head coach. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, File)

Josh McDaniels backs out of deal to become Colts coach

February 06, 2018 - 8:46 pm

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Josh McDaniels has backed out of a deal to become the Indianapolis' Colts new coach, a decision that shocked the franchise hours after it announced his hiring.

The Colts confirmed McDaniels' decision in a statement Tuesday night after reports emerged that the Patriots' offensive coordinator had opted to stay in New England with coach Bill Belichick.

McDaniels had agreed to contract terms with the Colts to replace the fired Chuck Pagano. A news conference had been scheduled for Wednesday at Lucas Oil Stadium.

The team says McDaniels informed them Tuesday evening that he would not sign the deal.

"Although we are surprised and disappointed, we will resume our head coaching search immediately and find the right fit to lead our team and organization on and off the field," the Colts said in the statement.

The Patriots and McDaniels' agent, Bob LaMont, did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

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