After being named the interim head coach for the Indianapolis Colts, could Jeff Saturday add his former teammate, Dan Orlovsky to the staff?
On Monday, the Indianapolis Colts fired Frank Reich and named Jeff Saturday the interim head coach. It was something no one saw coming, now, fans have no idea what to expect from the Colts moving forward. With Saturday now in charge, Indianapolis doesn’t have a coach on staff that has ever called offensive plays in the NFL before. However, Parks Frazier, Indy’s pass game specialist and assistant quarterbacks coach has recently been named as the team’s offensive play-caller.
It’s unclear if Saturday will be making any other changes or additions to the coaching staff because as previously stated, no one really knows what to expect from Indianapolis at this point. However, one name has emerged as a possible addition and that’s former NFL quarterback, Dan Orlovsky. Orlovsky played 13 seasons in the league, including one year with the Colts in 2011 where he was teammates with Jeff Saturday. Dan is also a current NFL analyst with ESPN and was a coworker of Saturday at the network.
In a Tuesday interview with Dan Patrick, Orlovsky talked about his reaction to Jeff Saturday being named the interim head coach in Indianapolis, and how the move kind of makes sense after a lot of the recent conversations the two have had. When asked about the possibility of joining Saturday on the Colts staff, Orlovsky didn’t give a definitive answer of whether it would happen or not but he did share a response that made it clear that it was a possibility.
Jeff Saturday knows Dan Orlovsky wants to be a coach
Orlovsky explained that he won’t be calling Saturday up and lobbying for a spot on his staff but he highlighted that from the two’s personal conversations, Jeff knows how much Orlovsky wants to get into coaching and that the two have also spoken since Saturday was named interim coach in Indianapolis. That sure makes it seem like Dan Orlovsky could also be on his way from ESPN and back to the Colts.
If that does happen, it can be an intriguing move for Indianapolis. Since transitioning from his playing career to an analyst, Orlovsky has carved out a lane for himself as an expert in quarterback play and offensive schemes. That’s certainly something the Colts need help with. Obviously, breaking down plays on a touchscreen is much different than coaching a team and game planning but also, things can’t really get any worse in Indianapolis.
If Saturday wanted to bring Dan Orlovsky on board and give him a shot to help the league’s worst offense, who’d really contest at this point? We’ll have to wait and see if this move actually happens.