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AP source: Colts closing in on deal to hire McDaniels

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels could soon be on the other side of an AFC rivalry.

A person familiar with the negotiations said Monday the Indianapolis Colts are "close" to reaching a deal that would make McDaniels their next head coach. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the two sides had not yet agreed to terms.

Even if they did reach a deal, though, league rules prohibit the Colts from making an official announcement until after the Patriots' season ends. New England will host Jacksonville in Sunday's AFC Championship game. If the Pats win, the announcement wouldn't come until at least Feb. 5.

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