After what has been a long wait for teams who did not make the NFL playoffs, the Combine arrives in Indianapolis today. This is the first chance for an NFL function that may have some relevance for teams and fans as they look forward to next season. Insider Ian Rapaport reported that former Colts head coaching candidate Josh McDaniels will not be making the trip to Indianapolis for the event.
As teams descend on Indy for the Combine, #Patriots offensive coaches, including Josh McDaniels, are not expected to attend, I’m told. When they go deep into the playoffs, this is their standard plan. Coaches always hang back. Bill Belichick & maybe 1/2 defensive coaches will go— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) February 26, 2018
While this has been “standard procedure” for the Patriots after late playoff runs over the years, it would make sense for McDaniels to be in attendance considering that his team will likely be targeting a quarterback in the daft. Then again, it seems like a pretty smart decision for McDaniels to avoid the area as I imagine he would receive a pretty chilly reception in the city.
Of course, McDaniels has a history of not making the best decisions and also for not sticking to his plans so fans around the league have had a great time at his expense. Would anyone really be surprised with a follow-up announcement that he now does intend to join the Patriots at the NFL Combine? I’m pretty sure he didn’t sign anything.
Enjoy some of the entertaining Tweets from fans who responded to this news. I’m guessing this type of thing will not stop anytime in the near future.
Mcdaniels might change his mind last minute— Austin (@nbasuperstar6) February 26, 2018
Live footage of Josh McDaniels pic.twitter.com/XaVrw6zgIV— Jeremy (@HeMansbrother) February 26, 2018
I heard McDaniels was going to Indy, told his mates he was going to go, got them to buy tickets to meet him there and then changed his mind because Robert Kraft would have been lonely #NFLCombine— The Harrier (@The_Harrier) February 26, 2018
mcdaniels heading to the combine pic.twitter.com/sXShG631uc— Ryan Sacks (@sacksimusprime) February 26, 2018
Ballard after reading this pic.twitter.com/CZ1HD0bgOu— kieffer graessler (@Chief_kief17) February 26, 2018
Probably a smart move for McDaniels. Indy Hotels probably lost his reservation, restaurant food may end up with extra ingredients, and his Uber driver may have thought he wanted a ride to Lucas Oil Raceway in Clermont, IN.— Jeffrey Sexton (@jeffreysxton) February 26, 2018
What a coincidence about half the Defense showed up for the SuperBowl as well.— Topher (@topherperusse) February 26, 2018
He was there last year. Was on a plane back to Boston with him.— Bryan Adams (@AdamsDTD) February 26, 2018
You would guess that the Patriots may consider drafting a young QB to groom behind Brady. Would seem to make sense for the OC to be there.— Michael Abromowitz (@FootballExpert) February 26, 2018