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Barry Laminack: Stop whining, Colts. McDaniels did nothing wrong
There is no loyalty in sports - free agency made sure of that - so when Josh McDaniels decided not to take the head coaching job with the Indianapolis Colts, it really wasn't that big of a deal to me.
If any of us normal folk went looking for a job, found a new one, but at the last second our current employer made us a better offer, we'd take it. So stop acting like Josh McDaniels did something wrong, because he didn't.
BUT HE HAD A HANDSHAKE DEAL WITH THE COLTS!
Let's play a game.
Say Colts GM Chris Ballard (who is sooooo upset about this) was in the running for a new job with say, the Texans, and the two teams had agreed to terms and everything was ready - but nothing had been signed. Then, the day before it was to be made OFFICIAL, Colts owner Jim Irsay made Ballard a better offer.
Do you think Ballard is going to turn that down?
Hell no he isn't.
Say Jim Irsay is planning on selling the team and gets a really good offer and agrees to it in principal at lunch with plans to sign the deal the next morning. Then, that night somebody calls and offers him 30% more money for the team.
Irsay’s taking that better deal.
And so would you, that's how job hunting works.
The fact is, Josh McDaniels was given a better offer by his current employer before he left to for another job.
This happens every day in the business world.
The way I see it, he did nothing wrong, and anyone else would have done the same thing in this situation if they felt strongly enough.
Besides, it's laughable to me that an NFL team would be crying about loyalty when they are the only teams in major sports that have figured out a way to rig the system so that they can cut players once they deem them useless, with very little in the way of repercussions.