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Colts Expected to Hire Josh McDaniels as Next Head Coach, per NFL.com

Josh McDaniels is the current offensive coordinator for the New England Patriots.

INDIANAPOLIS -- The Indianapolis Colts are expected to hire Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels as their next head coach, NFL.com reported Monday afternoon.

McDaniels is one of two finalists, along with Houston Texans defensive coordinator Mike Vrabel, that the Colts have been courting in recent weeks. 

McDaniels is the mind behind the Patriots offense that has made a deep run in the NFL playoffs this year. 

Ian Rapoport and Tom Pelissero with the NFL Network say McDaniels was also a heavy favorite for the open job with the Tennessee Titans, who parted ways with Mike Mularkey Monday. However, the two say McDaniels is expected to accept a formal job offer from the Colts.

The Colts can't officially offer the job or hire McDaniels until the Patriots season comes to an end. New England plays host to the Jacksonville Jaguars in the AFC Championship Game at 3:05 p.m. ET on Sunday. 

The Colts have not made an official announcement on the matter.

General Manager Chris Ballard said at a press conference earlier this month that the decision on a new head coach rested solely with him, however, Ballard's choice would have to meet with Colts Owner Jim Irsay before an announcement could be made.

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