Earlier this week, the Indianapolis Colts fired head coach Frank Reich in the middle of his fourth season. Instead of promoting another coach on the staff, or bringing in someone with previous NFL coaching experience, owner Jim Irsay opted to do neither. Instead, Irsay hired Jeff Saturday, a former Colt himself and ESPN analyst.
Saturday has no pro coaching experience and hasn't had any association with the Colts for years. Former All-Pro Cleveland Browns tackle Joe Thomas spoke on this decision in Munich as the NFL prepares to play its first game in Germany.
Thomas delivered an emotional and fiery rant about the disrespect it took to hire someone like Saturday to the position, interim or not. And while at first some fans and people around the league may have been fine with Saturday's hiring, it's nearly impossible to disagree with anything Thomas says throughout his rant, especially when it's coming from someone who is as respected and knowledgeable as him.
The early reports out of Colts practice this week have been positive, but it's all about winning games, something Indy hasn't been too great at this season. And even if Saturday is able to win games, it doesn't really change anything Thomas said.
Still, winning cures all, and if Saturday is able to achieve those results, Irsay's choice will be certified and applauded by most.
Saturday gets his first chance to prove he was a good choice in Week 10 when the Colts take on the Las Vegas Raiders as 4.5-point road underdogs, according to FanDuel Sportsbook's latest NFL odds.
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