On Tuesday, February 6, the Indianapolis Colts announced that Josh McDaniels would be their new head coach. Hours later, however, ESPN’s Adam Schefter tweeted that New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft took some time to talk with McDaniels and “sweetened his contract” enough to make him stay in New England.
With news of McDaniels’ about-face move, social media users started posting memes and other jokes, poking fun at McDaniels’ shocking decision to turn down the position that he was expected to formally accept at a press conference the very next day.
“In the past 48 hours, Patriots owner Robert Kraft began talking with McDaniels and ultimately wound up sweetening his contract, helping to entice him to remain in New England rather than leave for Indianapolis, which announced it would be holding a news conference Wednesday to introduce its new head coach. But McDaniels did not have a signed contract with the Colts, according to a source,” ESPN reports.
McDaniels has been with the Patriots steadily since 2012. He and his wife, Laura, live in Westwood, Massachusetts, with their four children. ESPN reported that McDaniels’ decision to stay in New England was not about money (at least not solely). The site reported that McDaniels kept thinking about moving his family out of New England, after spending the last five years building a life there.
Below are some of the funniest internet memes and jokes that are being posted about the situation, some at his expense.