McDaniels asserts that he's not staying to be Belichick's heir apparent. Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Josh McDaniels is staying with the New England Patriots after all. But what does his future hold? According to the offensive coordinator himself, it’s not what many assume.

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.

But that’s not all. When questioned about a possible guarantee in place to make him the next coach, McDaniels said “absolutely not.”

So that’s that, right? Okay, probably not. On the other hand, it wouldn’t be like the Patriots to make these promises years in advance. Maybe Bill Belichick is going to retire soon. Maybe not. But when he does, there’s always the chance that things have drastically changed by then. If there’s anything sports teach us, it’s that there are no guarantees. Except maybe the Cleveland Browns losing. Then again, every sport gets one guarantee, right?

As for the Colts, McDaniels isn’t the guy. But that’s probably okay for both parties. For starters, McDaniels didn’t experience success in his stint as a head coach. But more than that, the Colts are a mess. It’s easy to say ‘take the head coaching job!’ when it would technically be a step up. But in McDaniels’ case, why not stick with the Patriots?

And who knows? His next job may already be lined up. He’s just not going to straight up tell us that.

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