Josh McDaniels’ last-minute decision to remain the offensive coordinator in New England rather than become the next head coach of the Indianapolis Colts is “disappointing news for Bills fans,” writes Buffalo News columnist Jerry Sullivan for BNblitz.
“[Bill] Belichick has lost assistants in the past without missing a beat. But there's something to be said for stability. [Tom] Brady might yell at McDaniels now and then, but they have a strong working relationship. McDaniels has been Brady's OC and quarterbacks coach for some of his finest seasons (2006-08 and 2012 to the present).
“Bringing on a new coach for Brady, who will be 41 next season, would be a difficult transition, even for the greatest quarterback of all time. Family concerns or not, I doubt McDaniels would be staying with the Pats if he didn't believe Brady, who was MVP at age 40, could play another two or three years at an elite level.”
Frazier to Indy? In the aftermath of the bizarre McDaniels situation, the NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported Tuesday that the Colts might consider Bills defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier as their next head coach. Frazier won a Super Bowl with Indianapolis in the 2006 season as an assistant coach.
Fighting words: Hours after McDaniels backed out of the Colts job, Indianapolis general manager Chris Ballard addressed reporters, walking off with the line, “The rivalry is back on.” “Just because you’re the first choice doesn’t mean you’re the best choice,” Ballard said.
Musical chairs: Each team in the AFC East has made a switch at one of the coordinator positions, The News’ Vic Carucci writes. The Bills replaced offensive coordinator Rick Dennison with Brian Daboll, and the other three teams made moves as well.
Bledsoe praises Buffalo: Drew Bledsoe said on the John Murphy Show Tuesday that among the three places he played professionally – New England, Buffalo and Dallas – Buffalo was his favorite. “When people ask me where my favorite place to play was, I always tell them Buffalo,” Bledsoe said.
All in the family: Austin Alexander, younger brother of Bills linebacker Lorenzo Alexander, is headed to Fresno State. He chose the school Wednesday (National Signing Day) over Oregon State, Central Florida and Purdue.
Big-screen Gronk: Buffalo-area native and New England tight end Rob Gronkowski is reportedly mulling ditching the NFL for a career in Hollywood as an actor. Gronkowski has told his friends that injuries have “taken a toll on him,” according to a report in the Massachusetts newspaper The Eagle-Tribune.
Watch: On the “Tim Graham Show,” Jerry Sullivan, Tim Graham and the gang talked New England, McDaniels, Gronkowski and more.
Listen: In the Daily Drive Podcast, Paul Peck and Kevin Sylvester from Buffalo Sports Page held a hypothetical negotiation between the Bills and the Eagles in which Buffalo is interested in trading for Nick Foles.