The Indianapolis Colts are expected to name Josh McDaniels as its next head coach. That won't happen until the Patriots are finished with the playoffs, but it does appear a done deal, per Ian Rapoport.
The Colts also spoke with Texans defensive coordinator Mike Vrabel, but the organization has firmly clung to McDaniels as its top choice since firing Chuck Pagano, Rapoport was told.
Per NFL.com, having already reached out to potential staff hires, McDaniels is expected to make Cowboys assistant Matt Eberflus his defensive coordinator, according to Pelissero.
"It was believed McDaniels might prefer the suddenly vacant Titans job, a gig that would come laced with an old friend in general manager Jon Robinson and the promising Marcus Mariota under center. Pelissero, though, noted Monday that McDaniels and Colts general manager Chris Ballard also share a strong relationship.
"Besides, the Colts opportunity gives McDaniels the chance to shift from tutoring Tom Brady to working with Andrew Luck. The Colts quarterback was lost all season to a shoulder injury, but is expected to return for 2018.
"Assuming Luck surges back, McDaniels will march into battle in the AFC South with a young signal-caller who still has the chance to carve out a Hall of Fame career.
"The Colts are missing pieces all over the roster, but Ballard has proven to be an aggressive operator in the front office and would make for an intriguing pairing with McDaniels," wrote NFL.com