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Inexperienced Jeff Saturday named Colts interim head coach

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By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

The Indianapolis Colts made a head-scratching decision with their interim head coaching position. The team fired former head coach Frank Reich earlier in the day.

Owner Jim Irsay and GM Chris Ballard bypassed two coaches on their staff, who have prior head coaching experience. One of these coaches even guided his team to the Super Bowl.

Jeff Saturday is recognized during the Colts game against the Washington Commanders
Jeff Saturday is recognized during the Colts game against the Washington Commanders(Photo by Jeffrey Brown/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

They even bypassed rising head coaching candidate Bubba Ventrone. He is the Colts’ special teams coordinator.

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Instead, the Colts have named Jeff Saturday as the team’s interim head coach. The problem? He has no collegiate or pro coaching experience.

The experience that he does have does not compare to the college game or the NFL. He spent time as a head coach of Hebron Christian Academy in Dacula, Georgia.

He went 20-16 with Hebron Christian Academy from 2017-2019. He stepped down in February 2020 after three consecutive playoff appearances.

Saturday is taking over a team that is struggling. They are 3-5-1. The team has dropped three straight games.

The team has dropped two straight games since naming Sam Ehlinger as the starting quarterback.

Saturday and the coaches left on the staff will have to figure out the quarterback position. Matt Ryan began the season as the starter.

He was benched in favor of Ehlinger. The team also has Super Bowl-winning quarterback Nick Foles on their roster.

The team is scoring a little more than 14 points per game. That is dead last in the league.

The team had just three points against the New England Patriots on Sunday. Their worst output on the season was 0 points in a 24-0 loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 2.

The Colts’ best scoring game of the season came in Week 6 win over the Jaguars. The team scored 34 points.

Saturday will have eight games to prove to Irsay and Ballard if he’s worth an extra look during the team’s search for a new head coach in the offseason. His first game leading the Colts will be on the road against the Las Vegas Raiders.

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Both of the teams come into the game with bad records. The Raiders are 2-6 under first-year head coach Josh McDaniel. The aforementioned Colts are 3-5-1.

The two experienced coaches on the staff are Gus Bradley and John Fox. Bradley is the Colts’ defensive coordinator. Fox is the team’s senior defensive assistant.

Bradley was previously the Jacksonville Jaguars’ head coach. Fox; however, has had multiple head coaching opportunities.

Plus, he coached two teams in the Super Bowl. The New England Patriots defeated the Carolina Panthers in Super Bowl XXXVIII.

Years later, he also guided the Denver Broncos to Super Bowl XLVIII. The Seattle Seahawks defeated the Broncos in the first-ever cold-weather Super Bowl at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

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Anthony Caruso III
Anthony Caruso III
Anthony Caruso III is the Publisher of The Capital Sports Report. He has been in the Journalism field since August 2002. Since that time, Mr. Caruso has covered many marquee events. This includes 13 Heisman Trophy ceremonies, 2 Little World Series events, and one Army-Navy College Football game.
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