When the Indianapolis Colts fired Frank Reich earlier today, it was expected that they would simply replace him with someone who was already on their staff for the time being.
But in a shocking move, the team announced shortly after that they would be hiring former Colts great Jeff Saturday, whose coaching experience only goes as far as the high school level.
Saturday spent 13 seasons with the Colts, from 1999 to 2011. During his time in Indy, he was named to five Pro Bowls and was a two-time first-team All Pro. He’s been acting as a consultant for the Colts over the past few years according to the team’s press release. Prior to that, he spent four years as the head coach at Hebron Christian Academy, from 2017 to 2020.
That’s pretty much the extent of his head coaching experience, which will likely turn some heads around the league—especially given the fact that there are plenty of highly-qualified minority candidates looking for head coaching opportunities out there.
Earlier in the day, Reich was fired following a 26-3 loss to the New England Patriots, which dropped the Colts’ record to 3-5-1 on the season.