The bizarre situation involving New England offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels and the Indianapolis Colts' coaching vacancy could have implications in Buffalo.
McDaniels accepted the job, was announced as the new coach and a news conference was planned for Wednesday, but on Tuesday night, he backed out and the Colts now need to resume their search. According to multiple reports, McDaniels was cleaning out his office in Foxborough and then spent hours with Patriots coach Bill Belichick, owner Robert Kraft and team executive Jonathan Kraft. The trio convinced him not to leave, with Robert Kraft reportedly sweetening McDaniels' contract.
The NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reported Tuesday night that the Colts could consider Bills defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier.
"One name that may come up with the Colts, as they try to return to normalcy: Bills DC Leslie Frazier," Rapoport tweeted. "Won a ring with the Colts, close with Jim Irsay, would restore order ... and has experience doing it."
Frazier was with the Colts in 2005 as a defensive assistant and in 2006 as assistant head coach and defensive backs coach. The Colts won the Super Bowl in Frazier's second year. Frazier brings head coaching experience from his time with the Minnesota Vikings. He also has been the defensive coordinator with the Bengals, Buccaneers, Vikings and Bills.
Adding another layer to the situation: The Colts already have reached agreements with three assistant coaches, including Matt Eberflus as defensive coordinator. The assumption is they will take on other duties with the Colts or work for whomever ends up being the new coach.