Jim Irsay wants Jeff Saturday as Colts coach, others disagree

Jim Irsay has apparently decided who he wants to be the Colts’ next coach. Others in the organization, however, don’t seem to agree with his choice.

Indianapolis owner wants to remove acting tag from Jeff Saturday’s title and give him the job of chief, CBS’ Josina Anderson reported on Wednesday.

But there are people within the organization who work closely with Irsay who don’t have the same opinion of the former Colts center, according to Anderson.

Saturday, 47, took over in November after Frank Reich was fired following a 3-5-1 start that included an abysmal 26-3 loss to the Patriots. A six-time Pro Bowler who spent 12 of his 13 seasons in Indianapolis before entering television as an analyst, Saturday was 1-7 in the interim role.

The Colts’ 4-12-1 record was the team’s worst record since 2017 and the team was lambasted for its decision to hire Saturday, whose only previous coaching experience was at the high school level.


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Jeff Saturday was 1-7 as the Colts’ interim head coach this season.
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Still, Saturday would be likely to get a second interview for the job.

“I’ve never heard of a player having the opportunity to be a head coach,” said Saturday in an interview with NBC Sports’ Peter King after his debut, a 25-20 victory over the Raiders in week 10. everything, I would like it because I like this organization. I care not only about the players and the coaches, but also about the organization, don’t I? My adult life was forged here. It’s my house. Indianapolis has totally changed the direction of our lives. So how do you say no to that? So I said I will.

Whether he and Irsay get their wish to become the team’s next head coach on Saturday remains to be seen, however.


Jim Irsay, owner of the Colts
Jim Irsay, owner of the Colts
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Indianapolis has reportedly set up second interviews with seven other candidates, including Cowboys defensive coordinator Dan Quinn, Eagles offensive coordinator Shane Steichen, Chiefs offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy and Rams defensive coordinator Raheem Morris.

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