By Mike WellsESPN Staff Writer
INDIANAPOLIS -- And then there was one.
The Detroit Lions naming New England defensive coordinator Matt Patricia their head coach on Monday left the Indianapolis Colts as the only team with a head coaching vacancy. The Colts are expected to name Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels as their coach sometime in the next few days.
And while the Colts had to wait more than five weeks to name McDaniels, it very well could end up being worth the wait for them.
McDaniels will no longer have Tom Brady, arguably the NFL’s greatest quarterback, at his disposal, but one thing the soon-to-be Colts coach has proven is that he has the ability to adapt to situations.
That was evident in the past two Super Bowls and this season’s AFC Championship Game, when the Patriots were hit with three different moments of adversity.
Everybody knows about the Patriots being down 28-3 to the Atlanta Falcons in Super Bowl LI. New England’s style of play changed in the second half. They gained 217 of their 274 yards through the air in the second half, when they came back to tie the game and eventually won it in overtime. They ran the ball only nine times and Brady completed passes to nine players in the second...