Colts hire McDaniels as new head coach
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By Mike WellsESPN Staff Writer

INDIANAPOLIS -- The Colts had to wait for more than five weeks, but they finally named New England offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels as their new head coach -- landing the man they plan to pair with quarterback Andrew Luck for years to come.

Josh McDaniels has had plenty of success in New England, but things haven't gone quite as well with other teams.

McDaniels, 41, replaces Chuck Pagano, who was fired on Dec. 31 after six seasons. The Colts interviewed McDaniels in the first week of January and had a second interview with him during the bye week preceding Super Bowl LII.

Cowboys linebackers coach Matt Eberflus is expected to join McDaniels' staff in Indianapolis as the defensive coordinator, while Patriots assistant quarterbacks coach Jerry Schuplinski and Dolphins offensive line coach Dave DeGuglielmois also are expected to join the Colts, sources told ESPN's Adam Schefter.

A news conference has been scheduled for Wednesday.

McDaniels is the second significant change made by the Colts in as many years. Chris Ballard replaced Ryan Grigson as general manager in January 2017.

Indianapolis will be the second head-coaching stop for McDaniels, who was 11-17 with the Denver Broncos before he was fired midway through the 2010 season. After a stop with the Rams as their offensive coordinator in 2011, McDaniels returned to the Patriots for his second stint as their offensive coordinator in 2012. Over the past six years, the Patriots have reached at least the conference championship game each season and won two Super...

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