FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) In his first public comments since he declined at the last minute to accept the Indianapolis Colts' head coaching position, Josh McDaniels denied Friday that he'd made any deal to succeed Bill Belichick as coach of the New England Patriots.
McDaniels listed several reasons for remaining in New England as Belichick's offensive coordinator - some personal, some football-related. But he said his job is no different than it was before his near-departure for Indianapolis.
"No, I mean my role is the same," McDaniels said when asked if he'd received any assurances of becoming the Patriots' next coach. "Look, I think if you're here, you have an opportunity to work with and for some of the best people in our game, maybe some of the best people that have ever done those things in our game. So I just feel like it's a great opportunity to be here in my role."