Jeff Saturday Nov 28, 2022; Indianapolis, Indiana, USA; Indianapolis Colts interim head coach Jeff Saturday looks on from the sideline during the first half against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports

When the Indianapolis Colts fired Frank Reich earlier this season and replaced him with Jeff Saturday, who had never coached a game in his life, there were a lot of public condemnations of the move. According to one NFL insider, there are still a lot of people behind the scenes upset over the situation.

“Coaching community was pretty disgusted by how Irsay handled the Reich firing/Saturday hiring,” wrote NFL insider Jason La Canfora in a tweet on Sunday night. “They’ll keep rubbing his nose in it every chance they get. Took a month for Colts to become an embarrassing trainwreck.”

The tweet came in the wake of Indianapolis’s embarrassing performance against the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday night. The Cowboys won 54-19, outscoring the Colts by a whopping 33-0 in the final quarter.

Given the way that owner Jim Irsay handled the Saturday hiring, shaming critics of the move and scoffing at the notion that there was something off about hiring an unproven white guy as interim head coach when many experience coaches from diverse backgrounds were available, critics are more than happy to pounce on him and the franchise with every bad game that Saturday oversees.

Given the extensive clock issues and the absolute drubbing the Colts took this weekend, it’s hard to imagine that Saturday’s tenure as interim coach will be viewed well when it’s over. And the NFL coaching community will probably remember. Just ask Nick Sirianni.

[Jason La Canfora]

About Sean Keeley

Along with writing for Awful Announcing and The Comeback, Sean is the Editorial Strategy Director for Comeback Media. Previously, he created the Syracuse blog Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician and wrote 'How To Grow An Orange: The Right Way to Brainwash Your Child Into Rooting for Syracuse.' He has also written non-Syracuse-related things for SB Nation, Curbed, and other outlets. He currently lives in Seattle where he is complaining about bagels. Send tips/comments/complaints to