Saturday has only coached three NFL games, but it’s clear that he wears his heart on his sleeve in good times, and in bad times as well.
#Colts HC Jeff Saturday told reporters today he wishes he would have called timeout after Matt Ryan's scramble last night. Admits they were in "disarray" after watching it over on film.
“It's a learning experience. I did not meet my expectations,” Saturday said.
— Ari Meirov (@MySportsUpdate) November 29, 2022
After a heartbreaking loss on Monday Night Football, it’s clear that Saturday has remorse for not calling a timeout when the clock was still running.
He understands now, that he didn’t put his team in the best position to win.
One can only wonder if the Colts’ front office staff is regretting their choice of hiring Saturday to be their new head coach.
Saturday’s Coaching Credentials
What were Saturday’s qualifications to coach the Colts?
In his career, Saturday has never coached a collegiate-level game, let alone an NFL game.
His only coaching credentials were from a Georgia High School team, in which his record was 20-16 throughout three seasons.
There isn’t much historical precedent to go off of when considering a coach who hasn’t had NFL or collegiate coaching experience.
The only other coach in NFL history to take on a head coaching job without any notable prior experience was Minnesota Vikings and Atlanta Falcons coach and former player, Norm Van Brocklin.
Van Brocklin coached the Vikings, and later the Falcons, for a total of 173 games.
His record in those games?
While there is certainly optimism surrounding Saturday and his future with the team, historical precedent is certainly not on his side.