CFL Week 16

Highlights from around the Canadian Football League in Week 16.

Richie Hall's book not all smoke and mirrors about time in the CFL
Richie Hall's book not all smoke and mirrors about time in the CFL
Richie Hall's book not all smoke and mirrors about time in the CFL
While the market quieted a little on Wednesday, the second day of CFL free agency didn't come without a few marquee signings.
FA18: 5 highlights from Day 2 of free agency
While the market quieted a little on Wednesday, the second day of CFL free agency didn't come without a few marquee signings.
While the market quieted a little on Wednesday, the second day of CFL free agency didn't come without a few marquee signings.
FA18: 5 highlights from Day 2 of free agency
While the market quieted a little on Wednesday, the second day of CFL free agency didn't come without a few marquee signings.
While the market quieted a little on Wednesday, the second day of CFL free agency didn't come without a few marquee signings.
FA18: 5 highlights from Day 2 of free agency
While the market quieted a little on Wednesday, the second day of CFL free agency didn't come without a few marquee signings.
Lions ink Figueroa, Lewis; Ticats ink Hajrullahu as CFL free agency opens
Lions ink Figueroa, Lewis; Ticats ink Hajrullahu as CFL free agency opens
Lions ink Figueroa, Lewis; Ticats ink Hajrullahu as CFL free agency opens
So why is Johnny Manziel suddenly unleashing a media blitz? With a CFL team interested in his services for 2018, it could be that Manziel wants to take a final shot at getting a spot on a 90-man offseason NFL roster before committing to Canada. One specific comment he made on the Pardon My Take [<a href="https://ec.yimg.com/ec?url=http%3a%2f%2fprofootballtalk.nbcsports.com%2f2018%2f02%2f12%2fmanziel-seems-to-be-making-one-last-effort-to-land-with-an-nfl-team%2f%26quot%3b&t=1518906879&sig=B6hbzgHN2gFb3W2XnHdgqg--~D rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:more" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">more</a>]
Manziel seems to be making one last effort to land with an NFL team
So why is Johnny Manziel suddenly unleashing a media blitz? With a CFL team interested in his services for 2018, it could be that Manziel wants to take a final shot at getting a spot on a 90-man offseason NFL roster before committing to Canada. One specific comment he made on the Pardon My Take [more]
Johnny Manziel is cleared to play in the NFL or CFL this year, and these are some places he could end up. Is your team ready for Johnny Football?
Could Your Team Be Desperate Enough to Sign Johnny Manziel in 2018?
Johnny Manziel is cleared to play in the NFL or CFL this year, and these are some places he could end up. Is your team ready for Johnny Football?
Defensive lineman John Bowman to return for 13th CFL season with Alouettes
Defensive lineman John Bowman to return for 13th CFL season with Alouettes
Defensive lineman John Bowman to return for 13th CFL season with Alouettes
Some of the CFL&#39;s top stars are just days away from hitting the market. Now, let&#39;s look at some of the players outside our top 30 shouldn&#39;t be overlooked.
Under the Radar: Don’t overlook these 10 free agents
Some of the CFL's top stars are just days away from hitting the market. Now, let's look at some of the players outside our top 30 shouldn't be overlooked.
Some of the CFL&#39;s top stars are just days away from hitting the market. Now, let&#39;s look at some of the players outside our top 30 shouldn&#39;t be overlooked.
Under the Radar: Don’t overlook these 10 free agents
Some of the CFL's top stars are just days away from hitting the market. Now, let's look at some of the players outside our top 30 shouldn't be overlooked.
Some of the CFL&#39;s top stars are just days away from hitting the market. Now, let&#39;s look at some of the players outside our top 30 shouldn&#39;t be overlooked.
Under the Radar: Don’t overlook these 10 free agents
Some of the CFL's top stars are just days away from hitting the market. Now, let's look at some of the players outside our top 30 shouldn't be overlooked.
Some of the CFL&#39;s top stars are just days away from hitting the market. Now, let&#39;s look at some of the players outside our top 30 shouldn&#39;t be overlooked.
Under the Radar: Don’t overlook these 10 free agents
Some of the CFL's top stars are just days away from hitting the market. Now, let's look at some of the players outside our top 30 shouldn't be overlooked.
Stampeders offensive lineman Dan Federkeil announces retirement from CFL
Stampeders offensive lineman Dan Federkeil announces retirement from CFL
Stampeders offensive lineman Dan Federkeil announces retirement from CFL
One of the CFL&#39;s most prolific offences will look a little different in 2018, but that doesn&#39;t mean it&#39;ll be any less productive. CFL.ca&#39;s Jeff Krever writes.
Analysis: Esks’ offence won’t be any less productive in ’18
One of the CFL's most prolific offences will look a little different in 2018, but that doesn't mean it'll be any less productive. CFL.ca's Jeff Krever writes.
One of the CFL&#39;s most prolific offences will look a little different in 2018, but that doesn&#39;t mean it&#39;ll be any less productive. CFL.ca&#39;s Jeff Krever writes.
Analysis: Esks’ offence won’t be any less productive in ’18
One of the CFL's most prolific offences will look a little different in 2018, but that doesn't mean it'll be any less productive. CFL.ca's Jeff Krever writes.
One of the CFL&#39;s most prolific offences will look a little different in 2018, but that doesn&#39;t mean it&#39;ll be any less productive. CFL.ca&#39;s Jeff Krever writes.
Analysis: Esks’ offence won’t be any less productive in ’18
One of the CFL's most prolific offences will look a little different in 2018, but that doesn't mean it'll be any less productive. CFL.ca's Jeff Krever writes.
<p>Former Florida offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier is expected to join LSU’s staff as an offensive analyst, a source told SI. He also has worked as an offensive coordinator at Alabama, Michigan, Washington and Fresno State. Before that he was the quarterbacks coach of the St. Louis Rams.</p><p>The 47-year-old Nussmeier spent four seasons as a quarterback for the New Orleans Saints and also spent time with the Colts and in the CFL.</p>
LSU Hires Former Florida OC Doug Nussmeier as Offensive Analyst

Former Florida offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier is expected to join LSU’s staff as an offensive analyst, a source told SI. He also has worked as an offensive coordinator at Alabama, Michigan, Washington and Fresno State. Before that he was the quarterbacks coach of the St. Louis Rams.

The 47-year-old Nussmeier spent four seasons as a quarterback for the New Orleans Saints and also spent time with the Colts and in the CFL.

While Johnny Manziel hasn&#39;t signed anywhere, and free agency is still on its way, the CFL off-season has brought plenty of change. Let&#39;s look at the biggest moves so far.
The 15 most impactful off-season moves…so far
While Johnny Manziel hasn't signed anywhere, and free agency is still on its way, the CFL off-season has brought plenty of change. Let's look at the biggest moves so far.
While Johnny Manziel hasn&#39;t signed anywhere, and free agency is still on its way, the CFL off-season has brought plenty of change. Let&#39;s look at the biggest moves so far.
The 15 most impactful off-season moves…so far
While Johnny Manziel hasn't signed anywhere, and free agency is still on its way, the CFL off-season has brought plenty of change. Let's look at the biggest moves so far.
While Johnny Manziel hasn&#39;t signed anywhere, and free agency is still on its way, the CFL off-season has brought plenty of change. Let&#39;s look at the biggest moves so far.
The 15 most impactful off-season moves…so far
While Johnny Manziel hasn't signed anywhere, and free agency is still on its way, the CFL off-season has brought plenty of change. Let's look at the biggest moves so far.
While Johnny Manziel hasn&#39;t signed anywhere, and free agency is still on its way, the CFL off-season has brought plenty of change. Let&#39;s look at the biggest moves so far.
The 15 most impactful off-season moves…so far
While Johnny Manziel hasn't signed anywhere, and free agency is still on its way, the CFL off-season has brought plenty of change. Let's look at the biggest moves so far.
While Johnny Manziel hasn&#39;t signed anywhere, and free agency is still on its way, the CFL off-season has brought plenty of change. Let&#39;s look at the biggest moves so far.
The 15 most impactful off-season moves…so far
While Johnny Manziel hasn't signed anywhere, and free agency is still on its way, the CFL off-season has brought plenty of change. Let's look at the biggest moves so far.
While Johnny Manziel hasn&#39;t signed anywhere, and free agency is still on its way, the CFL off-season has brought plenty of change. Let&#39;s look at the biggest moves so far.
The 15 most impactful off-season moves…so far
While Johnny Manziel hasn't signed anywhere, and free agency is still on its way, the CFL off-season has brought plenty of change. Let's look at the biggest moves so far.
<p><em>EDITORS&#39; NOTE: Tomorrow, we&#39;re turning the tables and asking for your thoughts on The Morning Huddle at the end of Year 1. We really appreciate any feedback you have for us. Look out for the survey at the normal time, and we&#39;ll be back with another regular edition Friday.</em></p><p><strong>Josh McDaniels</strong> stunned Indianapolis and the football world Tuesday, reneging on an agreement to coach the Colts in favor of staying on as Patriots offensive coordinator. &quot;Unreal,&quot; one Indy front office member told ESPN, which broke <a href="http://www.espn.com/nfl/story/_/id/22349872/josh-mcdaniels-spurns-indianapolis-colts-remain-new-england-patriots" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:the story" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">the story</a>. &quot;I&#39;m at a loss.&quot;? Many hours later, I&#39;m still stuck on why. What could have happened over the past 24 hours—over the past month—to convince McDaniels that sacrificing his football reputation was worth sticking around in New England? </p><p>ESPN reported that Patriots owner Robert Kraft offered this week to beef up McDaniels&#39;s contract, but surely he won&#39;t be getting more than he would have as the Colts&#39; head coach. Even if Kraft promised McDaniels the top job after <strong>Bill Belichick</strong> retires, what would have prevented McDaniels from leaving Indy for that position whenever it became available rather than agreeing to wait in a lieutenant role? Peter King is <a href="http://si.com/nfl/2018/02/07/josh-mcdaniels-colts-patriots-changes-mind-peter-king" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:reporting" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">reporting</a> that Belichick and Kraft convinced McDaniels to stay during a lengthy conversation Tuesday, but I&#39;m having a hard time imagining what they could possibly have said.</p><p>There are reports that McDaniels did not want to move his family to Indiana, though King has been told that wasn&#39;t a deciding factor. As for questions around <strong>Andrew Luck</strong>&#39;s health, I&#39;d be shocked if his condition changed dramatically over the last couple days. Overnight, King, Albert Breer and Conor Orr helped fill in some of the gaps, like where the Colts <a href="https://www.si.com/nfl/2018/02/06/josh-mcdaniels-colts-patriots-coaching-job?utm_campaign=mmqb&#38;utm_source=si.com&#38;utm_medium=email" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:go from here" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">go from here</a>. Still one big question remains, and I&#39;m not sure we&#39;ll ever get a satisfactory explanation. Ultimately, McDaniels may have simply found himself unwilling to accept the myriad risks that come with the unknown. But staying put is a perilous choice too.</p><p><b><i>Not getting this newsletter in your inbox yet?</i></b> <a href="https://www.si.com/static/newsletter/signup" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Join The MMQB’s Morning Huddle" class="link rapid-noclick-resp"><i>Join The MMQB’s Morning Huddle</i></a><i>.</i></p><h3><strong>HOT READS</strong></h3><p><b>NOW ON THE MMQB: </b>Andrew Brandt <a href="https://www.si.com/nfl/2018/02/06/offseason-catch-rule-player-activism-tv-ratings-rights-fees-free-agency-quarterbacks" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:presents" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">presents</a> 10 storylines to watch ... Robert Klemko <a href="https://www.si.com/nfl/2018/02/06/doug-pederson-coach-year-super-bowl-52-bill-belichick?utm_campaign=mmqb&#38;utm_source=si.com&#38;utm_medium=email" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:argues" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">argues</a> that <strong>Doug Pederson</strong> is obviously the Coach of the Year ... Greg Bishop and Ben Baskin <a href="https://www.si.com/nfl/2018/02/06/super-bowl-2018-eagles-patriots-nick-foles-doug-pederson-howie-roseman?utm_campaign=mmqb&#38;utm_source=si.com&#38;utm_medium=email" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:file" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">file</a> the post-Super Bowl magazine story every fan must read ... <a href="http://www.si.com/nfl" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:and more." class="link rapid-noclick-resp">and more.</a></p><p><b>LATER TODAY:</b> Albert Breer reports on the <strong>Malcolm Butler</strong> situation ... Peter King <a href="https://www.si.com/nfl/2018/02/06/eagles-nick-foles-howie-roseman-offseason-trade-peter-king-mailbag" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:addresses the possibility" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">addresses the possibility</a> of <strong>Nick Foles</strong> being traded ... Andy Benoit finds secrets buried in the Super Bowl tape ... and more. <a href="https://www.si.com/nfl?utm_campaign=mmqb&#38;utm_source=si.com&#38;utm_medium=email" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Stay tuned" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Stay tuned</a>.</p><p><b>WHAT YOU MAY HAVE MISSED:</b> Peter King&#39;s &#39;<a href="https://www.si.com/nfl/2018/02/05/super-bowl-52-eagles-patriots-peter-king-mmqb?utm_campaign=mmqb&#38;utm_source=si.com&#38;utm_medium=email" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Philly Special" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Philly Special</a>&#39; Monday column ... Tim Rohan&#39;s story from <a href="https://www.si.com/nfl/2018/02/05/super-bowl-sunday-philadelphia-downtown-celebration-rioting" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Sunday night" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Sunday night</a> in Philadelphia ... Jonathan Jones&#39; <a href="https://www.si.com/nfl/2018/02/05/tom-brady-super-bowl-2018-patriots-eagles?utm_campaign=mmqb&#38;utm_source=si.com&#38;utm_medium=email" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:account" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">account</a> of <strong>Tom Brady</strong> after the loss ... <a href="https://www.si.com/nfl" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:and more" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">and more</a>.</p><h3><b>PRESS COVERAGE</b></h3><p><strong>1</strong>. What was the deal with <strong>Malcolm Butler</strong>? More than two days have passed since the Patriots corner was kept off the field Sunday, and we still don&#39;t <em>really</em> know why. Tuesday, he posted <a href="https://www.instagram.com/p/Be3q5pDjcM_/?hl=en&#38;taken-by=mac_bz" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:a three-paragraph statement" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">a three-paragraph statement</a> on Instagram thanking the organization, denying rumors that he &quot;participated in any of the ridiculous activities being reported,&quot; and apologizing for using foul language after the game. Butler is one of several topics I expect <strong>Matt Patricia</strong> to be asked about today as he is introduced as Lions head coach. Then again, maybe we should just give up on ever trying to understand anything Patriots-related.</p><p><strong>2. </strong>More Super Bowl talk!</p><p>An <a href="https://theathletic.com/231378/2018/02/05/an-oral-history-of-philly-special-eagles-describe-the-trick-play-doug-pederson-busted-out-on-4th-and-goal/?curator=SportsREDEF" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:oral history" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">oral history</a> of &#39;Philly Special&#39; <strong>Carson Wentz</strong> is now <a href="http://www.philly.com/philly/news/carson-wentz-engaged-philadelphia-eagles-20180206.html" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:engaged" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">engaged</a> Ratings <a href="http://www.post-gazette.com/ae/tv-radio/2018/02/05/Super-Bowl-LII-ratings-down/stories/201802050113" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:fell" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">fell</a> for a third straight year</p><p><b>3. </b>More Super Bowl (commercials) talk! Neil Best <a href="https://www.newsday.com/sports/football/super-bowl/super-bowl-eli-manning-odell-beckham-jr-commercial-1.16547651" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:digs into" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">digs into</a> the <strong>Eli Manning</strong>—<strong>Odell Beckham Jr.</strong> commercial that stole our hearts. And yes, Manning actually held the receiver over his head for the cameras, though, &quot;There was some help to take a little bit of the weight off,&quot; creative director Cam Miller said.</p><p><b>4.</b> <b>Ryan Shazier </b>has <a href="https://www.cincinnati.com/story/sports/nfl/bengals/2018/02/01/steelers-shazier-released-hospital/1087672001/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:clarified" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">clarified</a> reports that he&#39;s walking, verifying a tweet that stated he has movement in his legs but walks with the assistance of a walker. Tuesday night, he <a href="https://deadspin.com/ryan-shazier-stands-at-penguins-game-to-huge-ovation-1822788187" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:stood up" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">stood up</a> at a Penguins game.</p><p><strong>5. </strong>Titans wideout <strong>Rishard Matthews</strong> went from criticizing <strong>Colin Kaepernick</strong> to being the lone Tennessee player to stay in the locker room during the national anthem. Jason Wolf <a href="https://www.tennessean.com/story/sports/nfl/titans/2018/02/04/titans-rishard-matthews-raised-marines-explains-face-nfl-anthem-protests-donald-trump-super-bowl/1089227001/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:chronicled" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">chronicled</a> that transition. In other political news, President <strong>Donald Trump</strong> <a href="http://www.chron.com/sports/texans/article/Trump-Crash-that-killed-NFL-player-is-12555125.php" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:tweeted" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">tweeted</a>, &quot;So disgraceful that a person illegally in our country killed @Colts linebacker <strong>Edwin Jackson</strong>,&quot; and Indianapolis columnist Gregg Doyel <a href="https://www.indystar.com/story/sports/columnists/gregg-doyel/2018/02/06/doyel-edwin-jacksons-death-tragedy-not-political-opportunity-trump/311801002/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:told" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">told</a> the President, &quot;Keep Edwin Jackson’s name out of your mouth.&quot; Lastly, at least three Eagles <a href="http://www.post-gazette.com/sports/steelers/2018/02/06/Several-Eagles-players-won-t-visit-White-House-Trump-Super-Bowl-win/stories/201802060089" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:won&#39;t be going" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">won&#39;t be going</a> to the White House. </p><p><b>6. </b>&quot;New Browns personnel consultant <strong>Scot McCloughan</strong> is already on record as saying that <strong>Baker Mayfield </strong>would be his man if he had to draft a quarterback this year to lead his franchise,&quot; Mary Kay Cabot <a href="http://www.cleveland.com/browns/index.ssf/2018/02/how_will_scot_mccloughans_love.html#incart_big-photo" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:writes" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">writes</a>. So what does that mean for Cleveland&#39;s draft plans?</p><p><strong>7.</strong> 61-year-old coach <strong>Brad Childress</strong> is <a href="https://chicago.suntimes.com/sports/matt-nagy-brings-partner-in-crime-brad-childress-out-of-brief-retirement/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:returning" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">returning</a> from (a very brief) retirement to help &quot;partner in crime&quot; <strong>Matt Nagy</strong>.</p><p><strong>8. Jon Gruden</strong> has made his first roster move, <a href="https://www.mercurynews.com/2018/02/05/report-raiders-cut-cornerback-david-amerson/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:cutting" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">cutting</a> Raiders corner <strong>David Amerson</strong>. Meanwhile, the Ravens have <a href="http://www.baltimoresun.com/sports/ravens/ravens-insider/bs-sp-ravens-posey-20180206-story.html" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:won" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">won</a> the <strong>Devier Posey</strong> sweepstakes. Posey, a wide receiver, previously played in Houston before heading to the CFL, where he was the MVP of November&#39;s Grey Cup.</p><p><b>9. Le&#39;Veon Bell </b><a href="http://www.post-gazette.com/sports/steelers/2018/02/05/Le-Veon-Bell-Todd-Haley-Ben-Roethlisberger-steelers-super-bowl/stories/201802050097" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:told" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">told</a> Stephen A. Smith, when asked about former offensive coordinator <strong>Todd Haley</strong>, &quot;It would be a big situation and Todd would call a play that Ben don’t necessarily like?.&quot; New OC <strong>Randy Fichtner</strong>, on the other hand, will &quot;give Ben what he wants?.&quot; </p><p><strong>10. Shane Matthews</strong>, an NFL QB for 14 years, is <a href="http://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/article198487219.html" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:heading" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">heading</a> to prison as part of a healthcare fraud conspiracy.</p><p><b><i>Have a story you think we should include in tomorrow’s Press Coverage?</i></b> <span><i>Let us know here.</i></span></p><h3><b>THE KICKER</b></h3><p><strong>David Carr</strong> <a href="https://sportsday.dallasnews.com/dallas-cowboys/cowboys/2018/02/06/awkward-cowboys-qb-dak-prescott-gets-annihilated-retired-david-carr-passing-competition?f=r" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:still has it" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">still has it</a>.</p><p><i>Question? Comment? Story idea?</i><i> Let the team know at </i><i><span>talkback@themmqb.com</span></i></p>
Why Did Josh McDaniels Just Abandon the Colts?

EDITORS' NOTE: Tomorrow, we're turning the tables and asking for your thoughts on The Morning Huddle at the end of Year 1. We really appreciate any feedback you have for us. Look out for the survey at the normal time, and we'll be back with another regular edition Friday.

Josh McDaniels stunned Indianapolis and the football world Tuesday, reneging on an agreement to coach the Colts in favor of staying on as Patriots offensive coordinator. "Unreal," one Indy front office member told ESPN, which broke the story. "I'm at a loss."? Many hours later, I'm still stuck on why. What could have happened over the past 24 hours—over the past month—to convince McDaniels that sacrificing his football reputation was worth sticking around in New England?

ESPN reported that Patriots owner Robert Kraft offered this week to beef up McDaniels's contract, but surely he won't be getting more than he would have as the Colts' head coach. Even if Kraft promised McDaniels the top job after Bill Belichick retires, what would have prevented McDaniels from leaving Indy for that position whenever it became available rather than agreeing to wait in a lieutenant role? Peter King is reporting that Belichick and Kraft convinced McDaniels to stay during a lengthy conversation Tuesday, but I'm having a hard time imagining what they could possibly have said.

There are reports that McDaniels did not want to move his family to Indiana, though King has been told that wasn't a deciding factor. As for questions around Andrew Luck's health, I'd be shocked if his condition changed dramatically over the last couple days. Overnight, King, Albert Breer and Conor Orr helped fill in some of the gaps, like where the Colts go from here. Still one big question remains, and I'm not sure we'll ever get a satisfactory explanation. Ultimately, McDaniels may have simply found himself unwilling to accept the myriad risks that come with the unknown. But staying put is a perilous choice too.

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HOT READS

NOW ON THE MMQB: Andrew Brandt presents 10 storylines to watch ... Robert Klemko argues that Doug Pederson is obviously the Coach of the Year ... Greg Bishop and Ben Baskin file the post-Super Bowl magazine story every fan must read ... and more.

LATER TODAY: Albert Breer reports on the Malcolm Butler situation ... Peter King addresses the possibility of Nick Foles being traded ... Andy Benoit finds secrets buried in the Super Bowl tape ... and more. Stay tuned.

WHAT YOU MAY HAVE MISSED: Peter King's 'Philly Special' Monday column ... Tim Rohan's story from Sunday night in Philadelphia ... Jonathan Jones' account of Tom Brady after the loss ... and more.

PRESS COVERAGE

1. What was the deal with Malcolm Butler? More than two days have passed since the Patriots corner was kept off the field Sunday, and we still don't really know why. Tuesday, he posted a three-paragraph statement on Instagram thanking the organization, denying rumors that he "participated in any of the ridiculous activities being reported," and apologizing for using foul language after the game. Butler is one of several topics I expect Matt Patricia to be asked about today as he is introduced as Lions head coach. Then again, maybe we should just give up on ever trying to understand anything Patriots-related.

2. More Super Bowl talk!

An oral history of 'Philly Special' Carson Wentz is now engaged Ratings fell for a third straight year

3. More Super Bowl (commercials) talk! Neil Best digs into the Eli ManningOdell Beckham Jr. commercial that stole our hearts. And yes, Manning actually held the receiver over his head for the cameras, though, "There was some help to take a little bit of the weight off," creative director Cam Miller said.

4. Ryan Shazier has clarified reports that he's walking, verifying a tweet that stated he has movement in his legs but walks with the assistance of a walker. Tuesday night, he stood up at a Penguins game.

5. Titans wideout Rishard Matthews went from criticizing Colin Kaepernick to being the lone Tennessee player to stay in the locker room during the national anthem. Jason Wolf chronicled that transition. In other political news, President Donald Trump tweeted, "So disgraceful that a person illegally in our country killed @Colts linebacker Edwin Jackson," and Indianapolis columnist Gregg Doyel told the President, "Keep Edwin Jackson’s name out of your mouth." Lastly, at least three Eagles won't be going to the White House.

6. "New Browns personnel consultant Scot McCloughan is already on record as saying that Baker Mayfield would be his man if he had to draft a quarterback this year to lead his franchise," Mary Kay Cabot writes. So what does that mean for Cleveland's draft plans?

7. 61-year-old coach Brad Childress is returning from (a very brief) retirement to help "partner in crime" Matt Nagy.

8. Jon Gruden has made his first roster move, cutting Raiders corner David Amerson. Meanwhile, the Ravens have won the Devier Posey sweepstakes. Posey, a wide receiver, previously played in Houston before heading to the CFL, where he was the MVP of November's Grey Cup.

9. Le'Veon Bell told Stephen A. Smith, when asked about former offensive coordinator Todd Haley, "It would be a big situation and Todd would call a play that Ben don’t necessarily like?." New OC Randy Fichtner, on the other hand, will "give Ben what he wants?."

10. Shane Matthews, an NFL QB for 14 years, is heading to prison as part of a healthcare fraud conspiracy.

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THE KICKER

David Carr still has it.

Question? Comment? Story idea? Let the team know at talkback@themmqb.com

<p><em>EDITORS&#39; NOTE: Tomorrow, we&#39;re turning the tables and asking for your thoughts on The Morning Huddle at the end of Year 1. We really appreciate any feedback you have for us. Look out for the survey at the normal time, and we&#39;ll be back with another regular edition Friday.</em></p><p><strong>Josh McDaniels</strong> stunned Indianapolis and the football world Tuesday, reneging on an agreement to coach the Colts in favor of staying on as Patriots offensive coordinator. &quot;Unreal,&quot; one Indy front office member told ESPN, which broke <a href="http://www.espn.com/nfl/story/_/id/22349872/josh-mcdaniels-spurns-indianapolis-colts-remain-new-england-patriots" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:the story" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">the story</a>. &quot;I&#39;m at a loss.&quot;? Many hours later, I&#39;m still stuck on why. What could have happened over the past 24 hours—over the past month—to convince McDaniels that sacrificing his football reputation was worth sticking around in New England? </p><p>ESPN reported that Patriots owner Robert Kraft offered this week to beef up McDaniels&#39;s contract, but surely he won&#39;t be getting more than he would have as the Colts&#39; head coach. Even if Kraft promised McDaniels the top job after <strong>Bill Belichick</strong> retires, what would have prevented McDaniels from leaving Indy for that position whenever it became available rather than agreeing to wait in a lieutenant role? Peter King is <a href="http://si.com/nfl/2018/02/07/josh-mcdaniels-colts-patriots-changes-mind-peter-king" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:reporting" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">reporting</a> that Belichick and Kraft convinced McDaniels to stay during a lengthy conversation Tuesday, but I&#39;m having a hard time imagining what they could possibly have said.</p><p>There are reports that McDaniels did not want to move his family to Indiana, though King has been told that wasn&#39;t a deciding factor. As for questions around <strong>Andrew Luck</strong>&#39;s health, I&#39;d be shocked if his condition changed dramatically over the last couple days. Overnight, King, Albert Breer and Conor Orr helped fill in some of the gaps, like where the Colts <a href="https://www.si.com/nfl/2018/02/06/josh-mcdaniels-colts-patriots-coaching-job?utm_campaign=mmqb&#38;utm_source=si.com&#38;utm_medium=email" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:go from here" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">go from here</a>. Still one big question remains, and I&#39;m not sure we&#39;ll ever get a satisfactory explanation. Ultimately, McDaniels may have simply found himself unwilling to accept the myriad risks that come with the unknown. But staying put is a perilous choice too.</p><p><b><i>Not getting this newsletter in your inbox yet?</i></b> <a href="https://www.si.com/static/newsletter/signup" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Join The MMQB’s Morning Huddle" class="link rapid-noclick-resp"><i>Join The MMQB’s Morning Huddle</i></a><i>.</i></p><h3><strong>HOT READS</strong></h3><p><b>NOW ON THE MMQB: </b>Andrew Brandt <a href="https://www.si.com/nfl/2018/02/06/offseason-catch-rule-player-activism-tv-ratings-rights-fees-free-agency-quarterbacks" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:presents" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">presents</a> 10 storylines to watch ... Robert Klemko <a href="https://www.si.com/nfl/2018/02/06/doug-pederson-coach-year-super-bowl-52-bill-belichick?utm_campaign=mmqb&#38;utm_source=si.com&#38;utm_medium=email" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:argues" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">argues</a> that <strong>Doug Pederson</strong> is obviously the Coach of the Year ... Greg Bishop and Ben Baskin <a href="https://www.si.com/nfl/2018/02/06/super-bowl-2018-eagles-patriots-nick-foles-doug-pederson-howie-roseman?utm_campaign=mmqb&#38;utm_source=si.com&#38;utm_medium=email" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:file" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">file</a> the post-Super Bowl magazine story every fan must read ... <a href="http://www.si.com/nfl" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:and more." class="link rapid-noclick-resp">and more.</a></p><p><b>LATER TODAY:</b> Albert Breer reports on the <strong>Malcolm Butler</strong> situation ... Peter King <a href="https://www.si.com/nfl/2018/02/06/eagles-nick-foles-howie-roseman-offseason-trade-peter-king-mailbag" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:addresses the possibility" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">addresses the possibility</a> of <strong>Nick Foles</strong> being traded ... Andy Benoit finds secrets buried in the Super Bowl tape ... and more. <a href="https://www.si.com/nfl?utm_campaign=mmqb&#38;utm_source=si.com&#38;utm_medium=email" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Stay tuned" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Stay tuned</a>.</p><p><b>WHAT YOU MAY HAVE MISSED:</b> Peter King&#39;s &#39;<a href="https://www.si.com/nfl/2018/02/05/super-bowl-52-eagles-patriots-peter-king-mmqb?utm_campaign=mmqb&#38;utm_source=si.com&#38;utm_medium=email" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Philly Special" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Philly Special</a>&#39; Monday column ... Tim Rohan&#39;s story from <a href="https://www.si.com/nfl/2018/02/05/super-bowl-sunday-philadelphia-downtown-celebration-rioting" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Sunday night" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Sunday night</a> in Philadelphia ... Jonathan Jones&#39; <a href="https://www.si.com/nfl/2018/02/05/tom-brady-super-bowl-2018-patriots-eagles?utm_campaign=mmqb&#38;utm_source=si.com&#38;utm_medium=email" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:account" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">account</a> of <strong>Tom Brady</strong> after the loss ... <a href="https://www.si.com/nfl" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:and more" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">and more</a>.</p><h3><b>PRESS COVERAGE</b></h3><p><strong>1</strong>. What was the deal with <strong>Malcolm Butler</strong>? More than two days have passed since the Patriots corner was kept off the field Sunday, and we still don&#39;t <em>really</em> know why. Tuesday, he posted <a href="https://www.instagram.com/p/Be3q5pDjcM_/?hl=en&#38;taken-by=mac_bz" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:a three-paragraph statement" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">a three-paragraph statement</a> on Instagram thanking the organization, denying rumors that he &quot;participated in any of the ridiculous activities being reported,&quot; and apologizing for using foul language after the game. Butler is one of several topics I expect <strong>Matt Patricia</strong> to be asked about today as he is introduced as Lions head coach. Then again, maybe we should just give up on ever trying to understand anything Patriots-related.</p><p><strong>2. </strong>More Super Bowl talk!</p><p>An <a href="https://theathletic.com/231378/2018/02/05/an-oral-history-of-philly-special-eagles-describe-the-trick-play-doug-pederson-busted-out-on-4th-and-goal/?curator=SportsREDEF" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:oral history" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">oral history</a> of &#39;Philly Special&#39; <strong>Carson Wentz</strong> is now <a href="http://www.philly.com/philly/news/carson-wentz-engaged-philadelphia-eagles-20180206.html" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:engaged" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">engaged</a> Ratings <a href="http://www.post-gazette.com/ae/tv-radio/2018/02/05/Super-Bowl-LII-ratings-down/stories/201802050113" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:fell" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">fell</a> for a third straight year</p><p><b>3. </b>More Super Bowl (commercials) talk! Neil Best <a href="https://www.newsday.com/sports/football/super-bowl/super-bowl-eli-manning-odell-beckham-jr-commercial-1.16547651" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:digs into" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">digs into</a> the <strong>Eli Manning</strong>—<strong>Odell Beckham Jr.</strong> commercial that stole our hearts. And yes, Manning actually held the receiver over his head for the cameras, though, &quot;There was some help to take a little bit of the weight off,&quot; creative director Cam Miller said.</p><p><b>4.</b> <b>Ryan Shazier </b>has <a href="https://www.cincinnati.com/story/sports/nfl/bengals/2018/02/01/steelers-shazier-released-hospital/1087672001/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:clarified" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">clarified</a> reports that he&#39;s walking, verifying a tweet that stated he has movement in his legs but walks with the assistance of a walker. Tuesday night, he <a href="https://deadspin.com/ryan-shazier-stands-at-penguins-game-to-huge-ovation-1822788187" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:stood up" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">stood up</a> at a Penguins game.</p><p><strong>5. </strong>Titans wideout <strong>Rishard Matthews</strong> went from criticizing <strong>Colin Kaepernick</strong> to being the lone Tennessee player to stay in the locker room during the national anthem. Jason Wolf <a href="https://www.tennessean.com/story/sports/nfl/titans/2018/02/04/titans-rishard-matthews-raised-marines-explains-face-nfl-anthem-protests-donald-trump-super-bowl/1089227001/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:chronicled" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">chronicled</a> that transition. In other political news, President <strong>Donald Trump</strong> <a href="http://www.chron.com/sports/texans/article/Trump-Crash-that-killed-NFL-player-is-12555125.php" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:tweeted" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">tweeted</a>, &quot;So disgraceful that a person illegally in our country killed @Colts linebacker <strong>Edwin Jackson</strong>,&quot; and Indianapolis columnist Gregg Doyel <a href="https://www.indystar.com/story/sports/columnists/gregg-doyel/2018/02/06/doyel-edwin-jacksons-death-tragedy-not-political-opportunity-trump/311801002/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:told" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">told</a> the President, &quot;Keep Edwin Jackson’s name out of your mouth.&quot; Lastly, at least three Eagles <a href="http://www.post-gazette.com/sports/steelers/2018/02/06/Several-Eagles-players-won-t-visit-White-House-Trump-Super-Bowl-win/stories/201802060089" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:won&#39;t be going" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">won&#39;t be going</a> to the White House. </p><p><b>6. </b>&quot;New Browns personnel consultant <strong>Scot McCloughan</strong> is already on record as saying that <strong>Baker Mayfield </strong>would be his man if he had to draft a quarterback this year to lead his franchise,&quot; Mary Kay Cabot <a href="http://www.cleveland.com/browns/index.ssf/2018/02/how_will_scot_mccloughans_love.html#incart_big-photo" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:writes" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">writes</a>. So what does that mean for Cleveland&#39;s draft plans?</p><p><strong>7.</strong> 61-year-old coach <strong>Brad Childress</strong> is <a href="https://chicago.suntimes.com/sports/matt-nagy-brings-partner-in-crime-brad-childress-out-of-brief-retirement/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:returning" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">returning</a> from (a very brief) retirement to help &quot;partner in crime&quot; <strong>Matt Nagy</strong>.</p><p><strong>8. Jon Gruden</strong> has made his first roster move, <a href="https://www.mercurynews.com/2018/02/05/report-raiders-cut-cornerback-david-amerson/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:cutting" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">cutting</a> Raiders corner <strong>David Amerson</strong>. Meanwhile, the Ravens have <a href="http://www.baltimoresun.com/sports/ravens/ravens-insider/bs-sp-ravens-posey-20180206-story.html" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:won" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">won</a> the <strong>Devier Posey</strong> sweepstakes. Posey, a wide receiver, previously played in Houston before heading to the CFL, where he was the MVP of November&#39;s Grey Cup.</p><p><b>9. Le&#39;Veon Bell </b><a href="http://www.post-gazette.com/sports/steelers/2018/02/05/Le-Veon-Bell-Todd-Haley-Ben-Roethlisberger-steelers-super-bowl/stories/201802050097" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:told" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">told</a> Stephen A. Smith, when asked about former offensive coordinator <strong>Todd Haley</strong>, &quot;It would be a big situation and Todd would call a play that Ben don’t necessarily like?.&quot; New OC <strong>Randy Fichtner</strong>, on the other hand, will &quot;give Ben what he wants?.&quot; </p><p><strong>10. Shane Matthews</strong>, an NFL QB for 14 years, is <a href="http://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/article198487219.html" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:heading" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">heading</a> to prison as part of a healthcare fraud conspiracy.</p><p><b><i>Have a story you think we should include in tomorrow’s Press Coverage?</i></b> <span><i>Let us know here.</i></span></p><h3><b>THE KICKER</b></h3><p><strong>David Carr</strong> <a href="https://sportsday.dallasnews.com/dallas-cowboys/cowboys/2018/02/06/awkward-cowboys-qb-dak-prescott-gets-annihilated-retired-david-carr-passing-competition?f=r" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:still has it" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">still has it</a>.</p><p><i>Question? Comment? Story idea?</i><i> Let the team know at </i><i><span>talkback@themmqb.com</span></i></p>
Why Did Josh McDaniels Just Abandon the Colts?

EDITORS' NOTE: Tomorrow, we're turning the tables and asking for your thoughts on The Morning Huddle at the end of Year 1. We really appreciate any feedback you have for us. Look out for the survey at the normal time, and we'll be back with another regular edition Friday.

Josh McDaniels stunned Indianapolis and the football world Tuesday, reneging on an agreement to coach the Colts in favor of staying on as Patriots offensive coordinator. "Unreal," one Indy front office member told ESPN, which broke the story. "I'm at a loss."? Many hours later, I'm still stuck on why. What could have happened over the past 24 hours—over the past month—to convince McDaniels that sacrificing his football reputation was worth sticking around in New England?

ESPN reported that Patriots owner Robert Kraft offered this week to beef up McDaniels's contract, but surely he won't be getting more than he would have as the Colts' head coach. Even if Kraft promised McDaniels the top job after Bill Belichick retires, what would have prevented McDaniels from leaving Indy for that position whenever it became available rather than agreeing to wait in a lieutenant role? Peter King is reporting that Belichick and Kraft convinced McDaniels to stay during a lengthy conversation Tuesday, but I'm having a hard time imagining what they could possibly have said.

There are reports that McDaniels did not want to move his family to Indiana, though King has been told that wasn't a deciding factor. As for questions around Andrew Luck's health, I'd be shocked if his condition changed dramatically over the last couple days. Overnight, King, Albert Breer and Conor Orr helped fill in some of the gaps, like where the Colts go from here. Still one big question remains, and I'm not sure we'll ever get a satisfactory explanation. Ultimately, McDaniels may have simply found himself unwilling to accept the myriad risks that come with the unknown. But staying put is a perilous choice too.

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HOT READS

NOW ON THE MMQB: Andrew Brandt presents 10 storylines to watch ... Robert Klemko argues that Doug Pederson is obviously the Coach of the Year ... Greg Bishop and Ben Baskin file the post-Super Bowl magazine story every fan must read ... and more.

LATER TODAY: Albert Breer reports on the Malcolm Butler situation ... Peter King addresses the possibility of Nick Foles being traded ... Andy Benoit finds secrets buried in the Super Bowl tape ... and more. Stay tuned.

WHAT YOU MAY HAVE MISSED: Peter King's 'Philly Special' Monday column ... Tim Rohan's story from Sunday night in Philadelphia ... Jonathan Jones' account of Tom Brady after the loss ... and more.

PRESS COVERAGE

1. What was the deal with Malcolm Butler? More than two days have passed since the Patriots corner was kept off the field Sunday, and we still don't really know why. Tuesday, he posted a three-paragraph statement on Instagram thanking the organization, denying rumors that he "participated in any of the ridiculous activities being reported," and apologizing for using foul language after the game. Butler is one of several topics I expect Matt Patricia to be asked about today as he is introduced as Lions head coach. Then again, maybe we should just give up on ever trying to understand anything Patriots-related.

2. More Super Bowl talk!

An oral history of 'Philly Special' Carson Wentz is now engaged Ratings fell for a third straight year

3. More Super Bowl (commercials) talk! Neil Best digs into the Eli ManningOdell Beckham Jr. commercial that stole our hearts. And yes, Manning actually held the receiver over his head for the cameras, though, "There was some help to take a little bit of the weight off," creative director Cam Miller said.

4. Ryan Shazier has clarified reports that he's walking, verifying a tweet that stated he has movement in his legs but walks with the assistance of a walker. Tuesday night, he stood up at a Penguins game.

5. Titans wideout Rishard Matthews went from criticizing Colin Kaepernick to being the lone Tennessee player to stay in the locker room during the national anthem. Jason Wolf chronicled that transition. In other political news, President Donald Trump tweeted, "So disgraceful that a person illegally in our country killed @Colts linebacker Edwin Jackson," and Indianapolis columnist Gregg Doyel told the President, "Keep Edwin Jackson’s name out of your mouth." Lastly, at least three Eagles won't be going to the White House.

6. "New Browns personnel consultant Scot McCloughan is already on record as saying that Baker Mayfield would be his man if he had to draft a quarterback this year to lead his franchise," Mary Kay Cabot writes. So what does that mean for Cleveland's draft plans?

7. 61-year-old coach Brad Childress is returning from (a very brief) retirement to help "partner in crime" Matt Nagy.

8. Jon Gruden has made his first roster move, cutting Raiders corner David Amerson. Meanwhile, the Ravens have won the Devier Posey sweepstakes. Posey, a wide receiver, previously played in Houston before heading to the CFL, where he was the MVP of November's Grey Cup.

9. Le'Veon Bell told Stephen A. Smith, when asked about former offensive coordinator Todd Haley, "It would be a big situation and Todd would call a play that Ben don’t necessarily like?." New OC Randy Fichtner, on the other hand, will "give Ben what he wants?."

10. Shane Matthews, an NFL QB for 14 years, is heading to prison as part of a healthcare fraud conspiracy.

Have a story you think we should include in tomorrow’s Press Coverage? Let us know here.

THE KICKER

David Carr still has it.

Question? Comment? Story idea? Let the team know at talkback@themmqb.com

<p><em>EDITORS&#39; NOTE: Tomorrow, we&#39;re turning the tables and asking for your thoughts on The Morning Huddle at the end of Year 1. We really appreciate any feedback you have for us. Look out for the survey at the normal time, and we&#39;ll be back with another regular edition Friday.</em></p><p><strong>Josh McDaniels</strong> stunned Indianapolis and the football world Tuesday, reneging on an agreement to coach the Colts in favor of staying on as Patriots offensive coordinator. &quot;Unreal,&quot; one Indy front office member told ESPN, which broke <a href="http://www.espn.com/nfl/story/_/id/22349872/josh-mcdaniels-spurns-indianapolis-colts-remain-new-england-patriots" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:the story" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">the story</a>. &quot;I&#39;m at a loss.&quot;? Many hours later, I&#39;m still stuck on why. What could have happened over the past 24 hours—over the past month—to convince McDaniels that sacrificing his football reputation was worth sticking around in New England? </p><p>ESPN reported that Patriots owner Robert Kraft offered this week to beef up McDaniels&#39;s contract, but surely he won&#39;t be getting more than he would have as the Colts&#39; head coach. Even if Kraft promised McDaniels the top job after <strong>Bill Belichick</strong> retires, what would have prevented McDaniels from leaving Indy for that position whenever it became available rather than agreeing to wait in a lieutenant role? Peter King is <a href="http://si.com/nfl/2018/02/07/josh-mcdaniels-colts-patriots-changes-mind-peter-king" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:reporting" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">reporting</a> that Belichick and Kraft convinced McDaniels to stay during a lengthy conversation Tuesday, but I&#39;m having a hard time imagining what they could possibly have said.</p><p>There are reports that McDaniels did not want to move his family to Indiana, though King has been told that wasn&#39;t a deciding factor. As for questions around <strong>Andrew Luck</strong>&#39;s health, I&#39;d be shocked if his condition changed dramatically over the last couple days. Overnight, King, Albert Breer and Conor Orr helped fill in some of the gaps, like where the Colts <a href="https://www.si.com/nfl/2018/02/06/josh-mcdaniels-colts-patriots-coaching-job?utm_campaign=mmqb&#38;utm_source=si.com&#38;utm_medium=email" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:go from here" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">go from here</a>. Still one big question remains, and I&#39;m not sure we&#39;ll ever get a satisfactory explanation. Ultimately, McDaniels may have simply found himself unwilling to accept the myriad risks that come with the unknown. But staying put is a perilous choice too.</p><p><b><i>Not getting this newsletter in your inbox yet?</i></b> <a href="https://www.si.com/static/newsletter/signup" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Join The MMQB’s Morning Huddle" class="link rapid-noclick-resp"><i>Join The MMQB’s Morning Huddle</i></a><i>.</i></p><h3><strong>HOT READS</strong></h3><p><b>NOW ON THE MMQB: </b>Andrew Brandt <a href="https://www.si.com/nfl/2018/02/06/offseason-catch-rule-player-activism-tv-ratings-rights-fees-free-agency-quarterbacks" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:presents" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">presents</a> 10 storylines to watch ... Robert Klemko <a href="https://www.si.com/nfl/2018/02/06/doug-pederson-coach-year-super-bowl-52-bill-belichick?utm_campaign=mmqb&#38;utm_source=si.com&#38;utm_medium=email" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:argues" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">argues</a> that <strong>Doug Pederson</strong> is obviously the Coach of the Year ... Greg Bishop and Ben Baskin <a href="https://www.si.com/nfl/2018/02/06/super-bowl-2018-eagles-patriots-nick-foles-doug-pederson-howie-roseman?utm_campaign=mmqb&#38;utm_source=si.com&#38;utm_medium=email" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:file" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">file</a> the post-Super Bowl magazine story every fan must read ... <a href="http://www.si.com/nfl" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:and more." class="link rapid-noclick-resp">and more.</a></p><p><b>LATER TODAY:</b> Albert Breer reports on the <strong>Malcolm Butler</strong> situation ... Peter King <a href="https://www.si.com/nfl/2018/02/06/eagles-nick-foles-howie-roseman-offseason-trade-peter-king-mailbag" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:addresses the possibility" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">addresses the possibility</a> of <strong>Nick Foles</strong> being traded ... Andy Benoit finds secrets buried in the Super Bowl tape ... and more. <a href="https://www.si.com/nfl?utm_campaign=mmqb&#38;utm_source=si.com&#38;utm_medium=email" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Stay tuned" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Stay tuned</a>.</p><p><b>WHAT YOU MAY HAVE MISSED:</b> Peter King&#39;s &#39;<a href="https://www.si.com/nfl/2018/02/05/super-bowl-52-eagles-patriots-peter-king-mmqb?utm_campaign=mmqb&#38;utm_source=si.com&#38;utm_medium=email" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Philly Special" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Philly Special</a>&#39; Monday column ... Tim Rohan&#39;s story from <a href="https://www.si.com/nfl/2018/02/05/super-bowl-sunday-philadelphia-downtown-celebration-rioting" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Sunday night" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Sunday night</a> in Philadelphia ... Jonathan Jones&#39; <a href="https://www.si.com/nfl/2018/02/05/tom-brady-super-bowl-2018-patriots-eagles?utm_campaign=mmqb&#38;utm_source=si.com&#38;utm_medium=email" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:account" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">account</a> of <strong>Tom Brady</strong> after the loss ... <a href="https://www.si.com/nfl" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:and more" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">and more</a>.</p><h3><b>PRESS COVERAGE</b></h3><p><strong>1</strong>. What was the deal with <strong>Malcolm Butler</strong>? More than two days have passed since the Patriots corner was kept off the field Sunday, and we still don&#39;t <em>really</em> know why. Tuesday, he posted <a href="https://www.instagram.com/p/Be3q5pDjcM_/?hl=en&#38;taken-by=mac_bz" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:a three-paragraph statement" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">a three-paragraph statement</a> on Instagram thanking the organization, denying rumors that he &quot;participated in any of the ridiculous activities being reported,&quot; and apologizing for using foul language after the game. Butler is one of several topics I expect <strong>Matt Patricia</strong> to be asked about today as he is introduced as Lions head coach. Then again, maybe we should just give up on ever trying to understand anything Patriots-related.</p><p><strong>2. </strong>More Super Bowl talk!</p><p>An <a href="https://theathletic.com/231378/2018/02/05/an-oral-history-of-philly-special-eagles-describe-the-trick-play-doug-pederson-busted-out-on-4th-and-goal/?curator=SportsREDEF" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:oral history" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">oral history</a> of &#39;Philly Special&#39; <strong>Carson Wentz</strong> is now <a href="http://www.philly.com/philly/news/carson-wentz-engaged-philadelphia-eagles-20180206.html" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:engaged" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">engaged</a> Ratings <a href="http://www.post-gazette.com/ae/tv-radio/2018/02/05/Super-Bowl-LII-ratings-down/stories/201802050113" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:fell" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">fell</a> for a third straight year</p><p><b>3. </b>More Super Bowl (commercials) talk! Neil Best <a href="https://www.newsday.com/sports/football/super-bowl/super-bowl-eli-manning-odell-beckham-jr-commercial-1.16547651" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:digs into" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">digs into</a> the <strong>Eli Manning</strong>—<strong>Odell Beckham Jr.</strong> commercial that stole our hearts. And yes, Manning actually held the receiver over his head for the cameras, though, &quot;There was some help to take a little bit of the weight off,&quot; creative director Cam Miller said.</p><p><b>4.</b> <b>Ryan Shazier </b>has <a href="https://www.cincinnati.com/story/sports/nfl/bengals/2018/02/01/steelers-shazier-released-hospital/1087672001/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:clarified" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">clarified</a> reports that he&#39;s walking, verifying a tweet that stated he has movement in his legs but walks with the assistance of a walker. Tuesday night, he <a href="https://deadspin.com/ryan-shazier-stands-at-penguins-game-to-huge-ovation-1822788187" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:stood up" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">stood up</a> at a Penguins game.</p><p><strong>5. </strong>Titans wideout <strong>Rishard Matthews</strong> went from criticizing <strong>Colin Kaepernick</strong> to being the lone Tennessee player to stay in the locker room during the national anthem. Jason Wolf <a href="https://www.tennessean.com/story/sports/nfl/titans/2018/02/04/titans-rishard-matthews-raised-marines-explains-face-nfl-anthem-protests-donald-trump-super-bowl/1089227001/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:chronicled" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">chronicled</a> that transition. In other political news, President <strong>Donald Trump</strong> <a href="http://www.chron.com/sports/texans/article/Trump-Crash-that-killed-NFL-player-is-12555125.php" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:tweeted" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">tweeted</a>, &quot;So disgraceful that a person illegally in our country killed @Colts linebacker <strong>Edwin Jackson</strong>,&quot; and Indianapolis columnist Gregg Doyel <a href="https://www.indystar.com/story/sports/columnists/gregg-doyel/2018/02/06/doyel-edwin-jacksons-death-tragedy-not-political-opportunity-trump/311801002/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:told" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">told</a> the President, &quot;Keep Edwin Jackson’s name out of your mouth.&quot; Lastly, at least three Eagles <a href="http://www.post-gazette.com/sports/steelers/2018/02/06/Several-Eagles-players-won-t-visit-White-House-Trump-Super-Bowl-win/stories/201802060089" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:won&#39;t be going" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">won&#39;t be going</a> to the White House. </p><p><b>6. </b>&quot;New Browns personnel consultant <strong>Scot McCloughan</strong> is already on record as saying that <strong>Baker Mayfield </strong>would be his man if he had to draft a quarterback this year to lead his franchise,&quot; Mary Kay Cabot <a href="http://www.cleveland.com/browns/index.ssf/2018/02/how_will_scot_mccloughans_love.html#incart_big-photo" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:writes" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">writes</a>. So what does that mean for Cleveland&#39;s draft plans?</p><p><strong>7.</strong> 61-year-old coach <strong>Brad Childress</strong> is <a href="https://chicago.suntimes.com/sports/matt-nagy-brings-partner-in-crime-brad-childress-out-of-brief-retirement/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:returning" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">returning</a> from (a very brief) retirement to help &quot;partner in crime&quot; <strong>Matt Nagy</strong>.</p><p><strong>8. Jon Gruden</strong> has made his first roster move, <a href="https://www.mercurynews.com/2018/02/05/report-raiders-cut-cornerback-david-amerson/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:cutting" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">cutting</a> Raiders corner <strong>David Amerson</strong>. Meanwhile, the Ravens have <a href="http://www.baltimoresun.com/sports/ravens/ravens-insider/bs-sp-ravens-posey-20180206-story.html" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:won" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">won</a> the <strong>Devier Posey</strong> sweepstakes. Posey, a wide receiver, previously played in Houston before heading to the CFL, where he was the MVP of November&#39;s Grey Cup.</p><p><b>9. Le&#39;Veon Bell </b><a href="http://www.post-gazette.com/sports/steelers/2018/02/05/Le-Veon-Bell-Todd-Haley-Ben-Roethlisberger-steelers-super-bowl/stories/201802050097" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:told" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">told</a> Stephen A. Smith, when asked about former offensive coordinator <strong>Todd Haley</strong>, &quot;It would be a big situation and Todd would call a play that Ben don’t necessarily like?.&quot; New OC <strong>Randy Fichtner</strong>, on the other hand, will &quot;give Ben what he wants?.&quot; </p><p><strong>10. Shane Matthews</strong>, an NFL QB for 14 years, is <a href="http://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/article198487219.html" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:heading" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">heading</a> to prison as part of a healthcare fraud conspiracy.</p><p><b><i>Have a story you think we should include in tomorrow’s Press Coverage?</i></b> <span><i>Let us know here.</i></span></p><h3><b>THE KICKER</b></h3><p><strong>David Carr</strong> <a href="https://sportsday.dallasnews.com/dallas-cowboys/cowboys/2018/02/06/awkward-cowboys-qb-dak-prescott-gets-annihilated-retired-david-carr-passing-competition?f=r" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:still has it" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">still has it</a>.</p><p><i>Question? Comment? Story idea?</i><i> Let the team know at </i><i><span>talkback@themmqb.com</span></i></p>
Why Did Josh McDaniels Just Abandon the Colts?

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Josh McDaniels stunned Indianapolis and the football world Tuesday, reneging on an agreement to coach the Colts in favor of staying on as Patriots offensive coordinator. "Unreal," one Indy front office member told ESPN, which broke the story. "I'm at a loss."? Many hours later, I'm still stuck on why. What could have happened over the past 24 hours—over the past month—to convince McDaniels that sacrificing his football reputation was worth sticking around in New England?

ESPN reported that Patriots owner Robert Kraft offered this week to beef up McDaniels's contract, but surely he won't be getting more than he would have as the Colts' head coach. Even if Kraft promised McDaniels the top job after Bill Belichick retires, what would have prevented McDaniels from leaving Indy for that position whenever it became available rather than agreeing to wait in a lieutenant role? Peter King is reporting that Belichick and Kraft convinced McDaniels to stay during a lengthy conversation Tuesday, but I'm having a hard time imagining what they could possibly have said.

There are reports that McDaniels did not want to move his family to Indiana, though King has been told that wasn't a deciding factor. As for questions around Andrew Luck's health, I'd be shocked if his condition changed dramatically over the last couple days. Overnight, King, Albert Breer and Conor Orr helped fill in some of the gaps, like where the Colts go from here. Still one big question remains, and I'm not sure we'll ever get a satisfactory explanation. Ultimately, McDaniels may have simply found himself unwilling to accept the myriad risks that come with the unknown. But staying put is a perilous choice too.

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NOW ON THE MMQB: Andrew Brandt presents 10 storylines to watch ... Robert Klemko argues that Doug Pederson is obviously the Coach of the Year ... Greg Bishop and Ben Baskin file the post-Super Bowl magazine story every fan must read ... and more.

LATER TODAY: Albert Breer reports on the Malcolm Butler situation ... Peter King addresses the possibility of Nick Foles being traded ... Andy Benoit finds secrets buried in the Super Bowl tape ... and more. Stay tuned.

WHAT YOU MAY HAVE MISSED: Peter King's 'Philly Special' Monday column ... Tim Rohan's story from Sunday night in Philadelphia ... Jonathan Jones' account of Tom Brady after the loss ... and more.

PRESS COVERAGE

1. What was the deal with Malcolm Butler? More than two days have passed since the Patriots corner was kept off the field Sunday, and we still don't really know why. Tuesday, he posted a three-paragraph statement on Instagram thanking the organization, denying rumors that he "participated in any of the ridiculous activities being reported," and apologizing for using foul language after the game. Butler is one of several topics I expect Matt Patricia to be asked about today as he is introduced as Lions head coach. Then again, maybe we should just give up on ever trying to understand anything Patriots-related.

2. More Super Bowl talk!

An oral history of 'Philly Special' Carson Wentz is now engaged Ratings fell for a third straight year

3. More Super Bowl (commercials) talk! Neil Best digs into the Eli ManningOdell Beckham Jr. commercial that stole our hearts. And yes, Manning actually held the receiver over his head for the cameras, though, "There was some help to take a little bit of the weight off," creative director Cam Miller said.

4. Ryan Shazier has clarified reports that he's walking, verifying a tweet that stated he has movement in his legs but walks with the assistance of a walker. Tuesday night, he stood up at a Penguins game.

5. Titans wideout Rishard Matthews went from criticizing Colin Kaepernick to being the lone Tennessee player to stay in the locker room during the national anthem. Jason Wolf chronicled that transition. In other political news, President Donald Trump tweeted, "So disgraceful that a person illegally in our country killed @Colts linebacker Edwin Jackson," and Indianapolis columnist Gregg Doyel told the President, "Keep Edwin Jackson’s name out of your mouth." Lastly, at least three Eagles won't be going to the White House.

6. "New Browns personnel consultant Scot McCloughan is already on record as saying that Baker Mayfield would be his man if he had to draft a quarterback this year to lead his franchise," Mary Kay Cabot writes. So what does that mean for Cleveland's draft plans?

7. 61-year-old coach Brad Childress is returning from (a very brief) retirement to help "partner in crime" Matt Nagy.

8. Jon Gruden has made his first roster move, cutting Raiders corner David Amerson. Meanwhile, the Ravens have won the Devier Posey sweepstakes. Posey, a wide receiver, previously played in Houston before heading to the CFL, where he was the MVP of November's Grey Cup.

9. Le'Veon Bell told Stephen A. Smith, when asked about former offensive coordinator Todd Haley, "It would be a big situation and Todd would call a play that Ben don’t necessarily like?." New OC Randy Fichtner, on the other hand, will "give Ben what he wants?."

10. Shane Matthews, an NFL QB for 14 years, is heading to prison as part of a healthcare fraud conspiracy.

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THE KICKER

David Carr still has it.

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