Jeff Saturday Colts loss to Steelers

The Indianapolis Colts received a ton of criticism for their hiring of interim head coach Jeff Saturday due to the former NFL center having never coached above the high school level entering the job. This inexperience reared its ugly head on Monday night against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Pittsburgh took the lead in the fourth quarter of the game on a rushing touchdown along with a successful two-point conversion to take a 24-17 lead.

After a number of failed drives from both sides, the Colts and quarterback Matt Ryan had one more opportunity to tie the game late in the fourth quarter.

With two minutes remaining, Ryan was able to complete a key fourth-down pass to star receiver Michael Pittman Jr.

On the following play, Ryan was sacked by Steelers pass rusher Alex Highsmith. Most coaches would have called a timeout to stop the rolling clock, but Saturday let his team play on.

They then called a pass play, resulting in a surprising 14-yard scramble from Ryan. Saturday and the Colts still decided not to call a timeout after the play.

This led to a frantic run play to star running back Jonathan Taylor, which was shut down for no gain by Pittsburgh.

A timeout was finally called by the Colts with only 30 second remaining in the game.

Indianapolis could have made up for this poor clock management with a fourth-down conversion, but the attempt ultimately resulted in an incompletion, leading to a Steelers victory.

This drive certainly could have been handled better by Saturday, which fans pointed out on social media.

While Saturday is getting the majority of the blame for this blunder, it can certainly be argued that Matt Ryan also deserves a large amount of blame given his experience as a quarterback.

Saturday discussed the situation following the game, saying that the team simply didn’t make enough plays to win the game.

“I thought we had plenty of time,” said Saturday. “This wasn’t a press for time. We simply didn’t make enough plays.”

While he is technically right and they didn’t run out of time, the whole end of the drive felt incredibly rushed. They certainly could have benefitted from a timeout earlier to put together a good play call.

The end of this game clearly won’t quiet any of Saturday’s critics moving forward.

About Reice Shipley

Reice Shipley is a staff writer for Comeback Media that graduated from Ithaca College with a degree in Sports Media. He previously worked at Barrett Sports Media and is a fan of all things Syracuse sports.