It was a brilliant negotiation strategy on the part of Josh McDaniels.
They are the only National Football League team without a head coach, after Josh McDaniels stuck his middle finger at them and returned to the team Indy so much despises.
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.
It was unclear if Bill Belichick even offered Schiano a job, and if so, what the title would have been. I mean, it's just unbelievable.
The Patriots have won seven consecutive games against the Colts, including twice in the playoffs, and they've outscored their former AFC East foes during that stretch, 285-152. And the Patriots had no choice but to not let him leave the building. But that didn't stop them from announcing an introductory press conference for this week.
Although he was hired on January 22, 1996, Tony Dungy told Ballard he was interviewed by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers four different times and that he didn't even finish hiring onto his coaching staff until March.
This was certainly a shocking move made by McDaniels, as the Colts had already begun to hire coaches for his staff.
Parcells planted the seeds of this indecisively rooted coaching tree after the 1991 season, when he first spurned the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who also had scheduled a news conference to announce his hiring.
That tweet has been deleted. "Your agent's telling you to go and you decide, 'Nah, I'm not going'".
Belichick went on to great success as the Patriots' coach after New England was able to pry him out of his Jets contract by sending a first-round pick to NY.
Josh McDaniels pulled a "Bill Belichick" on Tuesday - perhaps so he could soon replace Belichick as the head of one of the NFL's most-prized teams.
Although, now, they might have their hands full when Rob Gronkowski struts into Gillette Stadium with an empty cardboard box and WWE's Mojo Rawley by his side.