Bill Belichick stated unequivocally earlier this week that he will be back to coach the New England Patriots in 2018, which means there is a better than 50-50 chance he will.
That is no slap at all at Belichick, it’s just that the reality in the NFL is that what’s true today can change dramatically tomorrow. But according to all our sources at Pro Football Weekly, we can take the Pats’ boss at his word.
The status of his offensive and defensive coordinators, however, is in a great deal more limbo.
Perhaps the worst-kept secret in sports is that Detroit Lions general manager Bob Quinn’s first choice for the next head coach of the Lions is Patriots defensive coordinator Matt Patricia.
According to our sources the only way that doesn’t happen is if Patricia chooses to stay with Belichick, which wouldn’t be at all surprising, or Quinn gets cold feet waiting on Patricia through a long playoff run should the Pats get to the Super Bowl while other staffs begin to fill.
On the other hand we’re hearing that offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels is convinced he’s ready to leave the nest again and his preferred destination is Indianapolis.
While Colts GM Chris Ballard did interview Matt Nagy, who he worked closely with in Kansas City and is reported to be interested in Dave Toub as well, it's possible that his focus on McDaniels kept him from really going toe-to-toe with Bears boss Ryan Pace over Nagy.
Obviously a healthy Andrew Luck would make the Colts job a priority consideration for a top offensive mind, but will he be healthy?
We’re hearing McDaniels is preparing to bet that he will be.