Why did Josh McDaniels choose to stay with the Patriots? Mike Reiss offers some insight

Charles Krupa | Associated Press

It was all set. Josh McDaniels had agreed to terms with the Indianapolis Colts to become the team’s new head coach; and his welcoming press conference was planned for Wednesday at Lucas Oil Stadium.

But in a stunning turn of events, McDaniels rejected the offer Tuesday night and informed the Colts that he would remain with the New England Patriots.

Shocking, but understandable. ESPN NFL Nation reporter, Mike Reiss, who covers the New England Patriots, offered some insight as to why McDaniels chose to stay put.

1) A major factor in this case was that New England hadn’t addressed his future until the past week or so. In that sense, the organization made a very strong case for him to stay and sweetened his deal a little more.

2) Life stability was another reason he chose to stay, according to Reiss and sources close to McDaniels. He experienced jumping from a couple of teams back in 2009-2010 with the Denver Broncos and 2011 with St. Louis; and did not like the impact it had on his family. So for him, his wife, Laura, and their four children, staying put seemed like the right move.

3) Also according to Reiss and close sources, McDaniels began to consider the relationships he’s made within the Patriots’ organization and what he would be walking away from. He was also still hesitant and had some reservations about the Colts.

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