Former offensive lineman turns ESPN analyst Jeff Saturday is the new interim head coach of the Indianapolis Colts, even though he has no NFL coaching experience.
The decision to hire Saturday shocked the NFL world.
Jeff Saturday is the first NFL head coach with no college or pro coaching experience since Norm Van Brocklin went from 1960 NFL MVP with the Eagles to coach of the Vikings in 1961.
— ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) November 7, 2022
On Monday night, Irsay explained his decision to hire Saturday.
Jim Irsay says of Jeff Saturday: "I'm glad he hasn't had the NFL experience"."
Because he hasn't coached, Irsay says Saturday doesn't have the fear that coaches often have and they often turn towards analytics for decision making.
— Field Yates (@FieldYates) November 8, 2022
Jim Irsay on Jeff Saturday: "You wanna bet against this guy? Put your money down, people … this is for eight games, hopefully more."
— Zak Keefer (@zkeefer) November 8, 2022
Jim Irsay on why fans should believe the promises he's making about Chris Ballard and Jeff Saturday:
"I've never hired a losing coach. It's right there in black and white."
— Nate Atkins (@NateAtkins_) November 8, 2022
The Colts are getting crushed for hiring Irsay and not even interviewing a minority coach.
Jeff Saturday might be great, but the hire is peak *not reading the room* when it comes to the entire conversation surrounding lack of opportunity for minority coaches.
— Lindsay Rhodes (@lindsay_rhodes) November 7, 2022
Texts from some NFL ppl during that #Colts presser included words like “mockery,” “insanity” and “chaos.”
The Jeff Saturday hire upset a lot of coaches + execs (and not just minorities) … But Jim Irsay’s comments seems to have made it even worse
— Kimberley A. Martin (@ByKimberleyA) November 8, 2022
Jeff Saturday just became the head coach of an NFL team, without any prior coaching experience in the NFL or college football.
There are Black coaches in the NFL that have been assistants for years that can’t even get serious interviews to be a head coach.
— Colb (@___Colb___) November 7, 2022
By all accounts, Jeff Saturday is a very nice, capable person, and I hope he does well in Indianapolis.
This hiring is also a reminder that the arbitrary experience roadblocks put out in front of minority candidates are nonsense.
— Bill Barnwell (@billbarnwell) November 7, 2022
Jeff Saturday getting this opportunity over very qualified Black assistants is qwhite interesting
— JP Acosta (@acosta32_jp) November 7, 2022
1️⃣ Jeff Saturday is phenomenal. Beyond thrilled for him 🤗 And if the #Colts play w/ half his passion, they’ll be good.
2️⃣ Black coaches/personnel execs have long voiced frustration over the moving goal posts re: NFL hiring. And today, the group chats are on FIRE 🔥
— Kimberley A. Martin (@ByKimberleyA) November 7, 2022
The Jeff Saturday hire is a slap in the face to all the black coaches that constantly get hit with the “not ready” “not enough experience” speeches when it comes to head coaching jobs (on every level). I don’t know Jeff so it’s not about him… it’s about the system.
— Phillip Tanner (@PTanner34) November 7, 2022
Nothing against Jeff Saturday personally, but this is a major punch in the face to the numerous qualified Black coaches who have been passed over because they "didn't interview well", "lacked head coaching experience" or some other consistently given excuse. https://t.co/eIzML7K4b9
— First and Pen (@firstandpen) November 7, 2022