Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels and defensive coordinator Matt Patricia weren't in the mood to discuss if this was their last game with the Patriots. However, things aren't so certain when sifting through the coaching candidates for the Patriots' vacant offensive coordinator position.
It has been widely reported that the New England Patriots will lose both of their coordinators after the Super Bowl, but apparently one of those two coaches has not officially informed the team that he will take another job. Now that McDaniels has arrived, some idea of how those assets will be used to reshape this team will start to take shape. However, he'll be tasked with turning around a Colts offense that ranked just 30th at 16.4 avg. ppg. this past season (albeit without Andrew Luck). Former Patriots assistant quarterbacks coach Jerry Schuplinski and former Dolphins offensive line coach Dave DeGuglielmois will also join McDaniels' staff in Indianapolis next season.
Indianapolis will be McDaniels' second foray as head coach.
Whatever the case, McDaniels ultimately made a decision to follow through and take the Colts job.
"You'd have to talk to the teams involved", Belichick said. Perhaps McDaniels is waiting to see if Belichick is preparing his retirement - Belichick didn't entertain those questions Monday. Both coaches will face the Patriots next season. That's lead to speculation that he might stick around and become Belichick's eventual replacement, whenever the head coach decides to step down. "I have learned immensely from his detailed leadership approach to the game, which has certainly shaped me into the football coach that I am today".
"Now I turn all of my attention to the Lions".