The Indianapolis Colts benched a 15-year veteran quarterback two weeks ago to begin starting a signal caller that had never attempted a pass in the NFL previously.
Now this week, the Colts have fired a head coach with 17 years of NFL coaching experience to hire a coach who has never spent a down on the sidelines in professional or college football as a coach.
Within hours of the Colts announcing on November 7 that they had fired Frank Reich, the Colts also released their plans to hire ESPN football analyst Jeff Saturday as interim head coach.
With all the turmoil in Indianapolis over the last couple weeks, lots of members of the media had quite the reaction to the coaching change on November 7.
A Homecoming for Former Colts Center Jeff Saturday
Colts fans are obviously very familiar with the man tabbed to be Indianapolis interim head coach for the rest of the 2022 season. Saturday is arguably the greatest player who went undrafted in Colts history.
No NFL team selected Saturday in the 1998 NFL draft and then he didn’t even last long enough to be on the Baltimore Ravens roster for training camp. The following offseason, he signed a contract with the Colts.
He started just 2 games in 1999, but then beginning in 2000, Saturday would start 186 of the team’s next 192 regular season games at center. He made five Pro Bowls and first-team All Pro in 2005 and 2007.
Saturday’s playing career practically coincided with quarterback Peyton Manning. Saturday played his final season with the Colts in 2011 and remained in the league only one more year. He played his final NFL season with the Green Bay Packers in 2012.
The retired center spent much of the last decade on ESPN as an NFL analyst. He also served as head coach of the Hebron Christian Academy football team from 2017-20.
Colts Make History With Saturday’s Promotion
Firing a head coach always leads to turmoil. To minimize the change during a midseason firing, NFL teams typically promote a coach already on the staff to head coach on an interim basis.
But the Colts are anything but typical at the moment.
Indianapolis not only went outside its current coaching staff to name an interim head coach, it awarded the head coaching vacancy to a man who has no coaching experience above high school.
Just last week, Saturday was analyzing the league, sometimes being highly critical of certain players and coaches, on television and Twitter.
Now, he will have to face some of those teams he criticized on the field.
The first team the Colts will face in the Saturday era will be the Las Vegas Raiders.
With the coaching change coming this week, Sam Ehlinger is set to make his third career start with his third different offensive coordinator.
Saturday will have his hands full. While the Colts have already played five of their six division games this season, they still have five matchups against teams currently in a playoff spot.