Where does Jeff Saturday stand amongst finalists for Colts head coaching job?
The Indianapolis Colts are close to choosing their next head coach and everyone is trying to figure out where Jeff Saturday stands in the race.
The Indianapolis Colts have been looking for a head coach for four weeks now. While everyone is curious about who Indy will choose, people have been even more interested in seeing where Jeff Saturday stands in the race. Saturday, of course, was named the interim head coach of the Colts after they fired Frank Reich in the middle of the season. The move received a lot of criticism and Indy got even more scrutiny for making Saturday a candidate after a 1-7 stretch as interim head coach.
Now, after Indianapolis has interviewed 14 candidates, eight of them twice, people are curious to know where Saturday stands in the race. Fans have already made clear that they don’t want Saturday to be head coach, so many people are looking for any credible report that says he’s out of the race. However, the Colts have done a tremendous job of keeping a lot of the details of this coaching search internal. So although there have been several reports of Saturday’s status, it’s hard to tell how exactly Indy views him as the team’s next potential head coach.
Jeff Saturday’s standing with the Colts remains a mystery
Early in the process, multiple reports emerged that Saturday was the favorite and was the candidate that Jim Irsay wanted. It was being framed that Chris Ballard and company were hoping one of the many other candidates would be able to get Irsay to move his stance off of Saturday. It wasn’t clear how true that all was but it became evident that Indy was really interested in Saturday once they pushed him to the second round of interviews.
With two rounds of interviews complete, a different tune around Saturday’s name is being reported. First, NFL insider, Ian Rapoport reported that the Colts were “leaning against Saturday.” Then, after it was reported that Saturday was completely out of the race, Rapoport said that he didn’t believe that to be the case. So Saturday is likely still a candidate but he may or may not be the favorite.
Whatever Saturday’s standing in the race is, everyone is likely just ready for the search to be over. It’s time to find out who Indianapolis’ next head coach will be so the Colts can move on to the rest of the offseason.