The Indianapolis Colts have announced the hiring of Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels as the team's next head coach.

McDaniels replaces Chuck Pagano, who was fired in Dec. after serving as head coach in Indianapolis for six seasons.

It had been a foregone conclusion for weeks that McDaniels would make the move to Indianapolis. Some uncertainty surrounded that assumption, however, after Pro Football Talk's Mike Florio on Sunday reported hearing "increasing chatter throughout the day that McDaniels may decide not to leave New England."

The team will formally introduce McDaniels at a news conference Wednesday. Former Patriots defensive coordinator Matt Patricia, who was officially named head coach of the Detroit Lions on Monday, will be introduced in a press conference on Wednesday as well.

It's not the first time that the Patriots have lost both of their coordinators in the same offseason. Following the team's win over Carolina in the 2004 Super Bowl, offensive coordinator Charlie Weis left to coach Notre Dame, while defensive coordinator Romeo Crennel became head coach of the Cleveland Browns.

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