Jeff Saturday makes his coaching debut with the Indianapolis Colts against the Raiders on Sunday and he has strong thoughts about the opponent.
In Week 9, Frank Reich was the head coach of the Indianapolis Colts. Now, as the team is preparing for Week 10, Jeff Saturday is the head coach. On the Monday following Indy’s Week 9 loss to the New England Patriots, the Colts decided to fire Reich and randomly hired Saturday. Now, Saturday will make his NFL coaching debut against the Las Vegas Raiders in Week 10.
Prior to being named interim head coach in Indianapolis, Jeff Saturday was working at ESPN as an NFL analyst. An analyst’s job is to talk about the league’s teams and players and point out whether things are going well or badly. Just a few weeks ago, Saturday was doing that and he took a very strong opinion about the Raiders to his Twitter.
While Las Vegas was playing the New Orleans Saints in Week 8, Saturday simply tweeted “Raiders look horrible.” This type of tweet is common from an analyst, but now that Saturday will be coaching against this very Raiders on Sunday, just two weeks later, the tweet has since gained a lot of traction.
Jeff Saturday’s tweet about Raiders is in the spotlight
In fairness to Saturday, Las Vegas did look horrible. The Raiders lost that game 24-0. In fact, they haven’t looked all that good all year. Vegas is entering Sunday’s game against the Colts at 2-6, in the midst of an extremely underwhelming season much like Indianapolis. Though it may have been true, Saturday will now likely subscribe to the coach-speak that he didn’t have to adhere to as a member of the media.
That means he probably won’t be doubling down on this take. Instead, he’ll be taking on the really tall task of preparing the Colts to beat the Raiders. The reason Jeff Saturday is even in this position right now is that his team, Indianapolis, has also looked horrible throughout the season. Despite having elite players all over the field, and a defense that’s playing very well, the Colts are 3-5-1.
The world will be watching to see if Jeff Saturday can change that with eight games remaining. That journey gets started on Sunday with the Raiders as Saturday will try to make Las Vegas look even more horrible against the Colts.