Jeff Saturday makes his coaching debut for the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday and he made clear in a fiery speech that he’s ready for the challenge.
Throughout Jeff Saturday’s NFL playing career with the Indianapolis Colts, it was clear that he was an impassioned leader. Whether it was talking trash to opponents, arguing with Peyton Manning, or going toe-to-toe with the NFL as an executive committee member of the NFLPA, Saturday always passionately spoke his mind. It quickly became clear that he hasn’t lost that fire since being named interim head coach of the Colts.
When it was announced that Saturday would be stepping in as Indy’s interim coach, everyone rightfully questioned why and highlighted that Jeff Saturday had no experience as a coach in college or the NFL. However, team owner, Jim Irsay, felt that Saturday was the right person to lead the Colts in this turbulent time so he gave him the opportunity. Since Saturday has taken over, his leadership and love for Indianapolis have started to shine through in all of his statements.
In a Wednesday press conference, Saturday responded to all of the talk about his lack of experience and how this situation could be disastrous, and Jeff Saturday made it clear that he doesn’t know how the next two months will unfold but he’s certainly not backing down.
Jeff Saturday isn’t backing down with the Colts
Saturday isn’t saying that he’ll be a great coach, he even says, “I may be terrible at this,” but he’s also not conceding that he’s completely inexperienced. While Saturday has never coached in the NFL, he cited his 14 years in the NFL, 12 playoff trips, two Super Bowl appearances, one win, and the countless hours he’s had not only observing greatness on every level of a franchise but also leading it.
Jeff Saturday was adamant that he knows how to lead men, and while that may not necessarily result in wins in the next eight weeks, he has no problem committing his all to Indianapolis and letting the pieces fall where they may. If anything, the heartfelt speech has certainly gained Saturday a few more fans for his coaching journey.
The journey will officially get its start Sunday against the Las Vegas Raiders. Saturday will be leading the 3-5-1 Colts as they try to get their first win since Week 6. Indy doesn’t have an easy road ahead for the remainder of the season but as the new head coach has emphasized, the Colts won’t be backing down.