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Josh McDaniels told Willie McGinest he’s not guaranteed to succeed Belichick

Josh McDaniels

The Josh McDaniels saga continues to roll right on.

The New England Patriots offensive coordinator is still with Tom Brady and Bill Belichick after stunningly leaving the Indianapolis Colts at the altar after Super Bowl 52. Reports quickly surfaced that he did it due to a new intent on behalf of the Pats to make McDaniels the head coaching successor to Belichick. It turns out this may not be the case.

On NFL Network, former Pats linebacker Willie McGinest revealed that he recently spoke with McDaniels and he is “absolutely not” guaranteed to succeed Belichick. He also went on to push that thought by saying there isn’t even a “handshake deal” between Robert Kraft and McDaniels for when Belichick decides to hang ’em up or leaves the organization one way or another.

McGinest claims New England was simply the best place for McDaniels.

“At some point, Belichick may retire but it’s not gonna be in the contract and you’re not gonna tell him when he’s gonna retire,” McGinest said of the potential succession plans.

“He wanted stability,” McGinest said. “The best place for him, where he wanted to be, where he wanted to stay, was in New England.”

The Colts reading this have to feel even further shunned. Not only did McDaniels spurn the entire organization, but he’s done so now without any guarantee of replacing Belichick. Not only that, but he’s now revealing this to Pats insider McGinest in order to get that correct message across to the world.

McDaniels, 41, spent two years as the head coach of the Denver Broncos. He compiled an 11-17 record. He’s currently in the midst of his second stint as Pats offensive coordinator, having been there since 2012. His prior stint started in 2006 and ended three years later before accepting the Denver boss gig.