Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Colts Begin New Coaching Search

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Colts Begin New Coaching Search

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Exactly 24 hours after announcing Josh McDaniels' hiring as head coach on the team's Twitter account and roughly 16 hours after he called back to tell GM Chris Ballard he was staying with New England, the search begins anew for the jilted Indianapolis Colts.

Their other finalist, Mike Vrabel, has already taken the Tennessee job. Another top-tier candidate, Mike Nagy, has already been hired in Chicago. It's unclear where the Colts may turn next.

"We have a list of candidates, I've had them from the get-go," Ballard said.

"There are other guys we wanted to interview, but because of the playoffs, we weren't able to.

"We'll move forward with them and we will get the right leader for the Indianapolis Colts one that believes what we believe and wants to go where we want to go. I'm very confident in this."

Ballard didn't name names, nor did he provide a timetable. Possibilities include Eagles offensive coordinator Frank Reich and Saints assistant head coach Dan Campbell.

McDaniels' agent, Bob Lamonte, was stunned when McDaniels told him he was staying with the Patriots, and will no longer represent him, according to multiple reports.

Lions introduce Patricia

The Detroit Lions desperately hope Matt Patricia ends their decades-long search for a coach who can help them have success in the playoffs.

Patricia, with his previously bushy beard trimmed, had his first news conference Wednesday on the team's indoor practice field.

"This is a dream come true," he said.

The 43-year-old Patricia helped New England win three Super Bowls over 14 years. He was the Patriots' defensive coordinator the past six seasons. Patricia and Lions general manager Bob Quinn worked together for a dozen years in New England.

Detroit has been searching for decades to find a coach who can help the franchise have success in the playoffs and at least appear in the Super Bowl for the first time. …

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