Colts GM Chris Ballard: 'I want someone who is 100 percent committed'

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Instead of introducing Josh McDaniels as the team's new head coach, Ballard stood in front of reporters trying to explain why New England's longtime offensive coordinator reneged on a deal he initially accepted.

REUTERS/Brian SnyderNew England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels (R) talks to newly-signed quarterback Tim Tebow during a mandatory team mini-camp practice in Foxborough, Massachusetts June 11, 2013.

The situation is similar to the decision by Bill Belichick, the Patriots' current head coach, in 2000 when he was promoted to be head coach of the New York Jets after Bill Parcells stepped down.

McDaniels had never publicly acknowledged his pre-Super Bowl agreement with the Colts.

"We have a list of candidates, I've had them from the get-go", Ballard said.

"It doesn't always work out or go the way we mapped it out or planned it", Ballard said.

According to a report from Adam Schefter on Tuesday night, McDaniels decided not to accept the Colts head coaching job.

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His relationship with Colts general manager Chris Ballard dates back over a decade, when both were with the Chicago Bears, and most recently they were together in the Kansas City Chiefs organization. Lamonte has split with McDaniels following the change of heart. "That is what we're going to be built on", Ballard said.

Multiple outlets have reported that the Patriots haven't promised McDaniels their head coaching position when Bill Belichick opts to leave.

Per ESPN, McDaniels and LaMonte have parted ways before, only to reunite, but it would presumably be tough for LaMonte to get back in the coach's good graces after criticizing him publicly.

"I love Patriot Nation", McDaniels said on Wednesday when asked for a comment.

McDaniels hasn't exactly had much success outside of New England. "Just because you're the first choice doesn't make you the right choice". What better way to move on from McDaniels than to take the offensive coordinator of the team who beat the Patriots in the Super Bowl?

It could have been McDaniels' second opportunity to work as a head coach after his one-year stint with the Denver Broncos in 2009-2010. For now, I'll believe it when I see Luck on the field in 2018. Time restraints in dealing with assistants whose team had reached the playoffs made that impossible.

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