Josh McDaniels shuns Colts: Just like Bill Belichick in 2000

Josh McDaniels shuns Colts: Just like Bill Belichick in 2000
Posted at 7:17 AM, Feb 07, 2018
and last updated 2018-02-07 07:17:39-05

INDIANAPOLIS -- Josh McDaniels shunned the Indianapolis Colts in their head coaching search Tuesday, but let's face it -- he learned from the best. 

The Colts announced Josh McDaniels as their head coach on Tuesday, but hours later, he had a change of heart. He decided to stay in New England, angering Colts fans everywhere.

The details are a little different, but the heart of the story is the same. McDaniels' boss, Bill Belichick, once did something very similar to the New York Jets nearly 20 years ago.

After Bill Parcells resigned as head coach of the New York Jets, Belichick, the defensive coordinator, was set to take over the job. But fifteen minutes before his introductory press conference, Belichick told Parcells he would resign, according to a Sports Illustrated article.

Belichick went to the press conference, and read a statement announcing that he wouldn't be head coach, shocking a room full of reporters. 

Belichick was seen as a traitor. He ended up going to coach the New England Patriots, in exchange for a first-round pick. The rivalry between the two teams became even more heated, and many Jets fans still despise Belichick for what happened nearly 20 years ago.

The main difference between this story and what happened in 2000? Belichick was still under contract with the Jets, meaning he couldn't just walk away. It doesn't appear McDaniels had any contract with Indianapolis when he decided to spurn the team. 

Despite the big difference, like the Jets-Patriots situation, this won't do much to quell the rivalry between the Colts and the Patriots.

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