Many people will agree that Jeff Saturday is a great man, but they can also agree that him getting a head coaching position with no experience is nonsense.
On Monday, the Indianapolis Colts fired fifth-year head coach Frank Reich. The team would then name Jeff Saturday as their interim head coach. The 47-year-old played 13 seasons for the Colts and is currently an ESPN analyst. He had been a consultant for the team and is in its Ring of Honor.
Saturday has never coached in the NFL or college before but coached high school football at Hebron Christian Academy in Georgia.
For that reason, many took to Twitter and called out the fact that so many Black assistant coaches can’t even get an interview, yet Saturday gets an interim head coaching position without any experience at all.
This is an especially bad look for the Indianapolis Colts following a Washington Post article that did a deep dive this offseason detailing the struggles of Black coaches in the NFL.
For many Black coaches working hard for an opportunity in the NFL, the move is just disrespectful.
Saturday played 13 seasons for the Colts alongside Hall of Famer Peyton Manning.
After Sunday, the Colts dropped to 3-5-1 as the team has scored fewer than 20 points six times this season, including a shutout loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars in the second week of the season.
The team was actually much better in 2021 with Carson Wentz than with Matt Ryan, who they traded for to replace him.