However, an NFL coach is revealing how he is also shocked over this hiring.
So which NFL coach appears shocked over the Saturday hiring in Indianapolis?
Friend Of Former Colts Head Coach Gives His Take On Saturday Hiring
Matt Eberflus, who is a friend of former Colts head coach Frank Reich, was “taken back” by the hiring of Saturday.
Matt Eberflus was asked how he feels about the Colts hiring a head coach with no previous experience.
“I don’t think I want to answer it. But … I will say that I was a little bit taken back by what happened there. Because obviously Frank’s a very good friend of mine.
— Adam Jahns (@adamjahns) November 9, 2022
The shock from Eberflus is a feeling many fans have, as Saturday has no previous NFL coaching experience.
However, the decision to hire him in Indianapolis was from Jim Irsay, the team’s owner.
He sees the inexperience of Saturday as a plus, despite many others feeling it’s a negative.
Jim Irsay says of Jeff Saturday: "I'm glad he hasn't had the NFL experience"."
Because he hasn't coached, Irsay says Saturday doesn't have the fear that coaches often have and they often turn towards analytics for decision making.
— Field Yates (@FieldYates) November 8, 2022
However, will he be fearless in his first NFL game as a head coach?
Saturday Must Rely On Other Coaches In Indy To Help Him
Without that NFL coaching experience, Saturday must rely on the other coaches on the team.
While he might not use analytics, which Irsay might like, he needs someone to make the right play calls.
This means relying on the offensive and defensive coordinators more than ever to make the correct calls.
While he might have some upsides of being a coach with no experience, that lack of experience might also hurt him.
Unless he has some magic formula for play calling on Sunday, he’ll need the other coaches to help him out.
Irsay has now created an interesting situation in Indianapolis by having Saturday take over the coaching duties.