Colts Head Coach Search Down To Two Finalists

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According to sources, Schwartz said Carolina Panthers defensive coordinator Steve Wilks did not make the cut after the first round of interviews, while Giants defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo and former Denver Broncos assistant head coach Eric Studesville were not even considered for the job. Ian Rapoport has reported that the Colts have sealed the deal on Josh McDaniels.

After weeks of trying to find the right candidate, the Colts finally landed Josh McDaniels.

Godsey was on the Patriots coaching staff from 2011-2013, serving as the tight ends coach for his final two seasons with the team before leaving to join the Houston Texans, where he spent one season as the quarterbacks coach before becoming the offensive coordinator. After going just 8-8 in his first season, McDaniels was sacked by the Broncos after getting off to a 3-9 start in 2010.

In the time since, at the advice of his father, McDaniels has maintained a file on his laptop. There was known interest between McDaniels and the Titans if they were to have a head coaching vacancy.

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And he's had other opportunities: a few years ago, Jimmy Haslam wanted McDaniels to be the Cleveland Browns' head coach; last year, the San Francisco 49ers wanted McDaniels. While there have been rumblings that he may prefer to coach the Titans now that Mike Mularkey has parted ways with the team, La Canfora was told that is a long shot.

Along with Eberflus, special teams coordinator Rich Bisaccia bolted to Oakland to rejoin Jon Gruden; Derek Dooley accepted an offer to become Missouri's offensive coordinator; tight ends coach Steve Loney retired; offensive line coach Frank Pollack was sacked and then hired by the Cincinnati Bengals; secondary coach Joe Baker and quarterbacks coach Wade Wilson were told their contracts would not be renewed.

An official announcement of the hiring can't take place until the season ends for the Patriots, something that might not happen until after the Super Bowl on February 4.