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Colts Officially Hire Josh McDaniels as Next Head Coach

After waiting through the duration of the playoffs, the Colts can finally officially say that they have their next head coach

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The Indianapolis Colts fan base has been patient, and now we can finally say that Josh McDaniels is officially the next head coach of the organization. Being forced to wait through the Super Bowl has been somewhat agonizing as we’ve seen, both, his suspected hires for coordinator positions as well as some notices of position coaches being brought on board as well.

McDaniels will begin his tenure with the Colts with some uncertainty with the quarterback position until Andrew Luck shows up at, or near, 100 percent, and a roster with a lot of holes on both sides of the ball. He will also face some concerns as to how well he will fit in, as well as how successful he can be with a healthy amount of Colts fans still hanging on to his previous failure as the Denver Broncos head coach.

McDaniels has one thing going for him that cannot be understated, though. Chris Ballard has the hearts of the fan base, and they have shown that they will be patient in their giving him all of their trust for the time being, and McDaniels will be grandfathered in to that trust — also for the time being.

He will not be afforded a ton of latitude, however, if he doesn’t begin to at least produce some results within a reasonable time frame. His first season will likely feature similar expectations to that of Ballard himself; create a respectable locker room, show that player development is attainable and do what he says he’s going to do.

Those may seem like minimal expectations, but Colts fans are also a fairly realistic bunch. There’s a realization that “Super Bowl or bust” will not be the motto in his first season at the helm, but make no mistake about it, McDaniels is here to get the Colts back in to contention for a championship inside of his first contract.

The Colts have set McDaniels press conference announcing the hire for Wednesday.