When I woke up Tuesday morning Josh McDaniels was set to become the new head coach of the Indianapolis Colts and Greg Schiano was reportedly replacing Matt Patricia as the defensive coordinator in New England. Now, just over 24 hours later, all that has changed. McDaniels will remain in New England as offensive coordinator and Schiano is staying at Ohio State. According to a 2017 study conducted by Milliron Sports, the average millennial will switch jobs at least 3 to 4 times during a standard work week, and that lack of commitment has clearly seeped into the football coaching world. Kids these days just sit there chewing their bubble gum with their hats on backwards playing their video games, and they think it’s okay to just renege on a commitment because of what type of mood they happen to be in that day. Back in my day, if you gave someone your word on something, you stood by it. Some people may call that old-fashioned. I call it integrity. Sad.
There are several schools of thought as to why McDaniels would change his mind about taking the Colts job. One theory is that he found out that Andrew Luck’s shoulder still isn’t healthy enough to play. Without a talented, well-established quarterback, that job becomes much less desirable. They haven’t been the most well-run organization of late, so having a QB like Luck would have been one of the few bright spots in that deal. Others are speculating that he was told that Bill Belichick will be retiring within the next year or two, and that he would be the replacement as Patriots head coach when that time comes. That would be a much more attractive job than Colts head coach, especially if Brady plans on hanging around a few more years. There are a few others who think this was just Robert Kraft’s way of sticking it to the Colts’ organization as payback for the deflategate ordeal. Personally, I believe it was the promise of replacing Belichick that coaxed McDaniels into staying, but it’s possible that all three of the above theories have a bit of truth to them.
The Schiano decision was a little bit more of a mystery to me. Most of that may be due to timing, since the news just broke this afternoon and the rumor mill hasn’t quite gotten into full swing. My first hunch is Schiano just doesn’t like Josh McDaniels and once he found out McDaniels was staying in New England, Schiano said “No thanks.” There’s nothing worse than working with a coworker that you can’t stand. Schiano is obviously no stranger to sudden changes when it comes to coaching jobs though. Just last year Schiano was rumored to be taking over the Tennessee Volunteers head coaching position until Vols fans bullied the athletic department into going back on the deal. Maybe he wanted to return the favor to somebody else. Or maybe he just knew his best shot at a championship was in Columbus working for a real football coach in Urban Meyer. I hope for his sake that he has a long, successful career at Ohio State though. It’s going to be tough to explain to potential future employers why he has three different jobs over the course of a four month period listed on his resume. Just like those damn millennials…
All this wishy-washiness does give me hope as a Bengals fan though. Most people in Cincinnati weren’t too thrilled when Marvin Lewis decided to stick around as the Bengals head coach, especially when he had reportedly expressed a desire to move on late in the season. Maybe Schiano and McDaniels will inspire Marvin to change his mind once more. It’s okay Marvin, there’s no shame in going back on a promise. After all, everyone’s doing it.