ESPN conducted a long series of employee cuts earlier this summer, but they could look at bringing back another notable name to the network.
According to a report from Andrew Marchand of the New York Post (h/t Joe Lucia of Awful Announcing), The Worldwide Leader in Sports may look at reuniting former Pro Bowl center and Indianapolis Colts’ head coach Jeff Saturday.
Marchand reports that both sides are keen on a reunion, but it’s “up in the air” at this time:
“ESPN would like Jeff Saturday to return, and while Saturday would like to come back, sources say it is still up in the air whether it will happen or not. Last year, Saturday famously departed ESPN to become the interim coach of the Colts. After winning his initial game, he lost seven in a row. He was still considered for the full-time job, but did not receive it. Now, he could return to be an ESPN analyst; however, in light of recent layoffs and ESPN’s focus on watching the budget, it is in question if it will work out.”
Saturday joined ESPN in 2013 following a successful 13-year career. He remained with the network until early November of last year, when the Colts hired Saturday to serve as the interim head coach following the firing of Frank Reich.
The Colts received a plethora of criticism for hiring Saturday, who had zero coaching experience in both college and the NFL. His previous coaching experience was at Hebron Christian Academy in Dacula, Georgia.
Indianapolis finished 1-7-0 under Saturday. The miserable season was highlighted by a Week 15 39-36 overtime loss to the Minnesota Vikings, one in which Minny came back from 33-0 down to complete the greatest single-game comeback in NFL history.
The Colts decided not to bring back Saturday for another season. Instead, they hired former Philadelphia Eagles’ offensive coordinator Shane Steichen for their head coaching position.
As a player, Saturday was a six-time Pro Bowler and two-time First-Team All-Pro who helped the Colts to a Super Bowl 41 championship in the 2006 season.
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