I'm not sure if this is the right place for this sort of thing because I don't make many Fanposts or Fanshots. Also, those of you who are Colts fans (or NFL fans at all for that matter) might hate me for saying this, but how would you feel if our AD looked into hiring Josh McDaniels?
For those of you who don't know, he is the current Offensive Coordinator for the New England Patriots. Now, I know what you're going to say and it probably has something to do with your disdain for Bill Belichick as a person, but he has a pretty solid coaching tree. Some guy named Nick Saban coached under him, if that means anything. Kirk Ferentz and Bill O'Brien are also on that list. I should also mention that Charlie Weis was the OC of the New England during their early-2000's dominance.
Just to make it all easier to understand:
- Coaching under Bill Belichick
- Spent a year under Nick Saban as a graduate assistant at MSU
- Coaching the best offense (statistically) in the NFL
- Only 36 years old, his youth may help recruits feel more comfortable around him
- OC when the Patriots had their undefeated regular season in 2007 (damn the Giants ruining that season for me)
- Has some head coaching experience
- Has excellent ties to Bill Belichick and Nick Saban
- His head coaching experience was very unsuccessful and came when he was with the Denver Broncos and went 11-17 between the 2009-10 seasons
- No telling how much of the offensive success was due to the Brady + Belichick partnership.
- Wouldn't be a ground-breaking hire that many are hoping for and what Purdue might be looking for
This wouldn't be a safe hire, by any means. It would definitely be risky, but it could pay off big time. Coaching NCAA ball is much different than coaching NFL ball and even Nick Saban, the Great had a losing record with the Miami Dolphins between 2005-06. It's high possible that the Josh McDaniels was a poor choice on behalf of the Broncos organization as he was only 33 at the time.
I was unable to find info on how much he is getting payed by New England, but given what I've heard about how much money Purdue has collected for the Boilermaker Football Revival Project, we should be able to match or beat what New England is paying him.
I know that Morgan Burke and those that he has contacted to help with the coach search will look at every angle to find the best choice and that this is unlikely, but it's still something to chew on while we wait.