Agent explains why he dropped Josh McDaniels as a client
Bob LaMonte, the former agent of Josh McDaniels, explained on Wednesday why he dropped the New England Patriots offensive coordinator as a client amid the Indianapolis Colts’ hiring fiasco.
Coaches Agent Bob LaMonte confirmed to @SBJSBD that he has terminated his relationship with Josh McDaniels. "My word is my bond. Once you break that, there's nothing left," LaMonte said.
— Liz Mullen (@SBJLizMullen) February 7, 2018
McDaniels stunned the Colts, not to mention the entire NFL, by reneging on an agreement to become the Colts’ new head coach at the last minute. In fact, the Colts formally announced the hiring on Tuesday only for McDaniels to stunningly back out later in the day.
Interestingly, LaMonte’s agency also represents several other high-profile NFL names, including several big-name head coaches, not to mention Colts general manager Chris Ballard.
McDaniels reportedly agreed to the terms of his deal with the Colts but had yet to make it official by signing a contract. Ballard on Wednesday fired a shot at the Patriots over McDaniels’ abrupt decision not to join the team.
#Colts GM Chris Ballard ends his press conference regarding Josh McDaniels by saying, “The rivalry is back on."pic.twitter.com/WznnHjEEOX
— Dov Kleiman (@NFL_DovKleiman) February 7, 2018
The inspiration for Ballard’s tough talk came amid reports that a meeting with Bill Belichick on Tuesday morning proved to be the impetus to McDaniels’ sudden change of heart. It is believed that McDaniels is likely now the heir apparent to Belichick whenever the longtime coach decides to retire.
These reports come amid another rumor that McDaniels may have been used as a pawn by Patriots owner Robert Kraft to exact revenge upon the Colts for their role in the Deflategate saga.
Whatever the reasoning behind McDaniels’ decision to remain with the Patriots, he now will have to find new representation after LaMonte cut him loose. Whether or not another team will ever again inquire about his availability for another head coaching position after the Colts debacle remains to be seen, if McDaniels would ever be interested in leaving the Patriots in the first place.